Despite only being in existence for just under five years, Bay Area rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival produced some of the most enduring American music of their time. Now, the band’s original label, Fantasy (a division of Concord Music Group), is set to celebrate their lasting contribution to rock with a three-CD collection entitled Ultimate Creedence Clearwater Revival: Greatest Hits & All-Time Classics, due out on November 6th.
The first two discs collect the band’s classic works, like “Fortunate Son”, “Proud Mary”, “Bad Moon Rising”, and “Down on the Corner”, along with deeper cuts that “[shine] a light on timeless album material to provide a refreshing, alternate perspective on a relatively short career.” Disc three features live material from tour stops in San Francisco, London, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Berlin, and other locations recorded during 1970 and ’71.
“If any one act could legitimately stake a claim to be America’s Beatles, then that would Creedence Clearwater Revival,” music historian Alec Palao says in the liner notes. “The power of the group’s music speaks loudest on the original recordings included on Ultimate Creedence.”
Below, take another listen to “Fortunate Son”.