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Bayou Country

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Born On The Bayou
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Bootleg
3:02  
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Graveyard Train
8:37  
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Good Golly Miss Molly
2:44  
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Penthouse Pauper
3:40  
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Proud Mary
3:08  
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Keep on Chooglin'
7:40  
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Total Tracks: 7   Total Length: 34:06

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John Swenson

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04.22.11
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country
2000 | Label: Fantasy

CCR leader John Fogerty had a genius for titles: with Bayou Country and its signature, iconic hits "Born On the Bayou" and "Proud Mary," Fogerty, a northern California native, reinvented himself as a son of the swamp. There's more original material on this, their second album, but the groove is still firmly rooted in the same magical relationship between drums and guitars captured by New Orleans producer Eddie Bo on the classic "Pass the Hatchet."… read more »

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probably one of their best..!

esoxrox

Classic, Classic, Classic...CCR! Just can't get their sound outta my head. Still some of the best jammin music out there. If you haven't listened to CCR in a loing time...put this on, crack a few beers and start dancin with your ol' lady!

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Their best?

gheeblefarms

Bob Dylan said that "Proud Mary" was the best song of 1969 -- and that's probably the fourth-best song on this album!

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Born on the Bayou

jamesjszabo

I just downloaded this one track, which is absent from The Chronicles album, but in my opinion it is one of their greatest hits. The rest may be fine as well, I just did not sample them.

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graveyard train.....

ihateyou

many years ago i heard "bayou country" ,i had always liked ccr but always listened to the greatest hits you know how it is but if you are reading this to evaluate this cd i say download it because come on its credence. if you dont want to download the whole thing download "graveyard train". i hadnt listened to this album since high school im 25 now but i never forgot the harmonica solo on "graveyard train". check it out its only one download....pussy . grab a beer sit back and let that "harpoon" have its way with you. plus dig that album cover trippy man.

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keep on chooooooglin

Doxxman

Most of this is great! I have always thought that if this band had only three or four albums instead of six, their albums would have been more consistent. But, they were always nice and short, and this album has many classics on it from known hits "born on the bayou" and one of the best songs ever "proud mary", to "bootleg" and one of the best album tracks ever, "keep on chooglin". As of now, i just joined e music, and CCR is the most downloaded band. No suprise there. They deserve it. A prime singles band, but also a prime albums band, and here is one of them.

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Opening slowly with the dark, swampy “Born on the Bayou,” Bayou Country reveals an assured Creedence Clearwater Revival, a band that has found its voice between their first and second album. It’s not just that “Born on the Bayou” announces that CCR has discovered its sound — it reveals the extent of John Fogerty’s myth-making. With this song, he sketches out his persona; it makes him sound as if he crawled out of the backwoods of Louisiana instead of being a native San Franciscan. He carries this illusion throughout the record, through the ominous meanderings of “Graveyard Train” through the stoked cover of “Good Golly Miss Molly” to “Keep on Chooglin’,” which rides out a southern-fried groove for nearly eight minutes. At the heart of Bayou Country, as well as Fogerty’s myth and Creedence’s entire career, is “Proud Mary.” A riverboat tale where the narrator leaves a good job in the city for a life rolling down the river, the song is filled with details that ring so true that it feels autobiographical. The lyric is married to music that is utterly unique yet curiously timeless, blending rockabilly, country, and Stax R&B into something utterly distinctive and addictive. “Proud Mary” is the emotional fulcrum at the center of Fogerty’s seductive imaginary Americana, and while it’s the best song here, his other songs are no slouch, either. “Born on the Bayou” is a magnificent piece of swamp-rock, “Penthouse Pauper” is a first-rate rocker with the angry undertow apparent on “Porterville” and “Bootleg” is a minor masterpiece, thanks to its tough acoustic foundation, sterling guitar work, and clever story. All the songs add up to a superb statement of purpose, a record that captures Creedence Clearwater Revival’s muscular, spare, deceptively simple sound as an evocative portrait of America. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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