Craft Recordings continues their salute to the enduring musical legacy of Creedence Clearwater Revival with the discharge of half-speed mastered editions of the band’s two closing albums: Pendulum, which was launched precisely 50 years in the past at present (December 9, 1970), and their closing studio album, 1972’s Mardi Gras.
Pressed on 180-gram vinyl and set for launch February 12, each data had been mastered by the award-winning engineer Miles Showell at Abbey Highway Studios. these audiophile-quality LPs come housed in superbly crafted jackets (tip-on gatefold for Pendulum and embossed for Mardi Gras), replicating the albums’ authentic packaging.
Pendulum, which marked CCR’s second launch of 1970—following Cosmo’s Manufacturing unit—was a singular title within the band’s catalog for a number of causes. First, the album was the group’s sole LP to function all authentic materials. Usually, CCR sprinkled covers of blues songs, conventional materials, and rock ‘n’ roll requirements into every of their albums, placing their very own spin on traditional favorites. Pendulum additionally discovered the guitar-heavy group increasing their sonic palate—experimenting with new sounds (together with the usage of saxophones, vocal choirs, and keyboards) and even venturing into psychedelia.
The quartet’s musical explorations paid off. Not solely was Pendulum a essential success, nevertheless it additionally spawned two international High Ten hits: the reflective “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” and the upbeat “Hey Tonight.” The singles, launched as a double A-side in 1971, peaked at No.8 on the Billboard Sizzling 100. Different highlights included the stomper “Molina,” the bluesy “Pagan’s Groove” and the twangy “Sailor’s Lament.” Lately, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” gained renewed reputation with the 2018 launch of a brand new official music video that includes Sasha Frolova, Jack Quaid, and Erin Moriarty (the latter two additionally that includes in Amazon’s smash hit collection, The Boys), introducing the track to a brand new era. So far, the video—obtainable on the official CCR YouTube channel—has acquired over 61 million performs.
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s seventh and closing studio album, 1972’s Mardi Gras, adopted the departure of founding member and rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty. The album, nevertheless, discovered the remaining trio of musicians taking a extra collaborative strategy to songwriting. Previous to Mardi Gras, frontman John Fogerty was the band’s inventive chief—writing, arranging, and producing the vast majority of each album.
For Mardi Gras, bassist Stu Prepare dinner and drummer Doug Clifford not solely penned most of the tracks (together with Prepare dinner’s hard-driving “Door to Door,” and Clifford’s rollicking “Tearin’ Up the Nation”) but in addition sang on them. Different highlights off the album embody a canopy of the rockabilly traditional “Good day Mary Lou,” in addition to the Fogerty-penned rocker “Candy Hitch-Hiker”—a High Ten hit within the US, Australia, Canada, and throughout Europe. The poignant “Sometime By no means Comes,” in the meantime, marked the group’s closing single.
Whereas the band members went their separate methods after Mardi Gras, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s legacy solely continued to develop. As we speak, CCR stays one of many best-selling teams of all time, because of their trove of generation-defining hits and their singular, roots-rock sound.
Roughly half a century later, CCR followers can take pleasure in a brand new vibrancy once they revisit Pendulum and Mardi Gras, because of the exacting technique of half-speed mastering. Utilizing high-res transfers from the unique analog tapes, the method includes enjoying again the audio at half its recorded pace whereas the chopping lathe can be turned to half the specified playback pace. The method permits extra time to chop a micro-precise groove, leading to extra accuracy with frequency extremes and dynamic contrasts. The end result on the turntables is an distinctive stage of sonic readability and punch.
Each of those particular pressings had been beforehand launched solely as a part of Creedence’s collectible, seven-LP The Studio Albums Assortment field set, and comply with standalone reissues of the band’s first 5 albums.
Earlier this 12 months, the three surviving members of CCR spoke with Uncut and mirrored on their time within the band. “We didn’t get to the place we acquired simply falling off a log,” mentioned John Fogerty, as he spoke of the band’s tireless work ethic. “It’s an exquisite factor to have a aim after which to realize it, kind of.” Stu Prepare dinner in contrast the band’s rise to “a rocket trip, we went up so quick. We burned till we burned out, in three-and-a-half years from begin to end.” However, whereas temporary, these years collectively introduced the group unparalleled inventive achievement and international success. “We had a magic band,” recalled Doug Clifford. “We acquired excessive enjoying the music.” Fogerty added that he was “humbly happy” understanding that, 50 years later, CCR’s music “continues to be related, that individuals nonetheless care about it. That’s simply so satisfying.”
Pendulum and Mardi Gras are out on February 12 and can be pre-ordered here.