Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (1970/2008/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (1970/2008/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 42:48 minutes | 1,66 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Fantasy Records

Cosmo’s Factory was the fourth, biggest, and best of the astonishing string of five Top Ten albums Creedence Clearwater Revival released in 1969 and 1970. It went on sale in August 1970, well after two of its tracks had stormed the radio—the No. 2 “Travelin’ Band”/”Who’ll Stop the Rain,” which began its parabola in January, and the No. 4 “Up Around the Bend,” released in April. But as Fantasy most certainly knew, there was a third hit in its grooves, the transcendent “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”—the fifth and last No. 2 lead single for the preeminent pop phenomenon of its brief era, which never had a No. 1—and the album rode all four beloved songs to nine weeks atop Billboard’s album chart.

Throughout 1969 and into 1970, CCR toured incessantly and recorded nearly as much. Appropriately, Cosmo’s Factory’s first single was the working band’s anthem “Travelin’ Band,” a funny, piledriving rocker with a blaring horn section — the first indication their sonic palette was broadening. Two more singles appeared prior to the album’s release, backed by John Fogerty originals that rivaled the A-side or paled just slightly. When it came time to assemble a full album, Fogerty had only one original left, the claustrophobic, paranoid rocker “Ramble Tamble.” Unlike some extended instrumentals, this was dramatic and had a direction — a distinction made clear by the meandering jam that brings CCR’s version of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” to 11 minutes. Even if it wanders, their take on the Marvin Gaye classic isn’t unpleasant, and their faithful, exuberant takes on the Sun classics “Ooby Dooby” and “My Baby Left Me” are joyous tributes. Still, the heart of the album lays in those six fantastic songs released on singles. “Up Around the Bend” is a searing rocker, one of their best, balanced by the menacing murkiness of “Run Through the Jungle.” “Who’ll Stop the Rain”‘s poignant melody and melancholy undertow has a counterpart in Fogerty’s dope song, “Lookin’ out My Back Door,” a charming, bright shuffle, filled with dancing animals and domestic bliss – he had never been as sweet and silly as he is here. On “Long as I Can See the Light,” the record’s final song, he again finds solace in home, anchored by a soulful, laid-back groove. It hits a comforting, elegiac note, the perfect way to draw Cosmo’s Factory — an album made during stress and chaos, filled with raging rockers, covers, and intense jams — to a close.

Tracklist:
01 – Ramble Tamble
02 – Before You Accuse Me
03 – Travelin’ Band
04 – Ooby Dooby
05 – Lookin’ Out My Back Door
06 – Run Through The Jungle
07 – Up Around The Bend
08 – My Baby Left Me
09 – Who’ll Stop The Rain
10 – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
11 – Long As I Can See The Light

Reissue Produced by Chris Clough.
Mastered by Paul Blakemore at CMG Mastering.

Musicians:
John Fogerty – lead guitar, lead vocals, piano, saxophone, harmonica
Tom Fogerty – rhythm guitar
Stu Cook – bass
Doug Clifford – drums

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