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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Creedence Clearwater Revival 1969 Willy And The Poor Boys



Genre: Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:43:21
Size: 99,20 MB

United States

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Make no mistake, Willy & the Poor Boys is a fun record, perhaps the breeziest album CCR ever made. Apart from the eerie minor-key closer "Effigy" (one of John Fogerty's most haunting numbers), there is little of the doom that colored Green River. Fogerty's rage remains, blazing to the forefront on "Fortunate Son," a working-class protest song that cuts harder than any of the explicit Vietnam protest songs of the era, which is one of the reasons that it hasn't aged where its peers have. Also, there's that unbridled vocal from Fogerty and the ferocious playing on CCR, which both sound fresh as they did upon release. "Fortunate Son" is one of the greatest, hardest rock & rollers ever cut, so it might seem to be out of step with an album that is pretty laid-back and friendly, but there's that elemental joy that by late '69 was one of CCR's main trademarks. That joy runs throughout the album, from the gleeful single "Down on the Corner" and the lazy jugband blues of "Poorboy Shuffle" through the great slow blues jam "Feelin' Blue" to the great rockabilly spiritual "Don't Look Now," one of Fogerty's overlooked gems. The covers don't feel like throwaways, either, since both "Cotton Fields" and "The Midnight Special" have been overhauled to feel like genuine CCR songs. It all adds up to one of the greatest pure rock & roll records ever cut.



Tracklist:

01 - Down On The Corner 02:46

02 - It Came Out Of The Sky 02:56

03 - Cotton Fields 02:57

04 - Poorboy Shuffle 02:25

05 - Feelin' Blue 05:07

06 - Fortunate Son 02:21

07 - Don't Look Now 02:11

08 - Midnight Special 04:14

09 - Side O' The Road 03:25

10 - Effigy 06:28

11 - Fortunate Son (Live) 02:15

12 - It Came Out Of The Sky (Live) 03:28

13 - Down On The Corner (Jam With Booker T.) 02:48





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