Top 20 songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival (Top 10)

Creedence Clearwater Revival.  One of the, if not the, greatest American bands of all time.  So, thought I would do a new feature of the top 20 of their greatest ever songs across all of their albums Bayo Country, Cosmo’s Factory, CCR, Green RIver, Mardi Gras, Pendulum & Willy and the Poor Boys.

10 The Midnight Special

 Willy and the Poor Boys

9 Good Golly Miss Molly

 Bayo Country

8 Proud Mary

 Bayo Country

7 Fortunate Son
 Willy and the Poor Boys


6 Down On The Corner
 Willy and the Poor Boys

5 Bad Moon Rising

 Green River

4 It Came Out Of The Sky

 Willy and the Poor Boys

3 Lodi

 Green River


2 Have You Ever Seen The Rain

1 Travellin’ Band

 Cosmo’s Factory


Album review – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Black Stone Cherry

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

It’s not often you come across an album that you know you are going to love and listen to over and over agin, is it?  Well, I have found one.  Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea  by the sublime Black Stone Cherry is, quite simply, a stunning album.  From the opening track, the dark, rustic tone of White Trash Millionaire  to the final track Die For You, it just doesn’t get tired.  I have listened to it at least 12-15 times already, and it keeps getting better and better.  Even the tracks I didn’t like at the beginning seem to be turning into some of the best songs.  Now that for me is a sign of a star record in the making!  “Record”?  How old am I..??

Anyway the track listing:

1.  White Trash Millionaire – the sole reason I bought the album in the first place.  Stunning opening with some deep and meaningful lyrics.  Lead singer, Chris Robertson’s vocals are epic and the riffs equally so.  This is a true rock anthem.  9/10.

2.  Killing Floor – Very dark, mysterious, underground feel.  Excellent track if you are in a bad mood so you can growl as you sing (or is that just me?).  7/10.

3.  In My Blood – Stunning song.  Excellent vocals and equally good riff, it’s a song that lifts you up after Killing Floor.  8/10.

4.  Such a Shame – Dirty, dirty riff.  Sounds a bet metal but don’t let that put you off, it’s a belter!  8/10.

5.  Won’t Let Go – A much slower track, but it seems whatever genre of song (does that make sense?) it seems to work.  8/10.

6.  Blame it on the Boom Boom – Single from the album, and as close to a pop-rock song as you will find here.  Utterly addictive mind.  9/10.

7.  Like I Roll – It says it all when one of the poorer tracks still manages to get a hefty seven.  7/10.

8.  Can’t You See – The standard isn’t really dropping yet, another great track.  7/10.

9.  Let Me See You Shake – A mixture of rock ‘n’ roll, blues and country in this belter of a track.  8/10.

10. Stay – Beautiful song with actually meaningful lyrics.  Wouldn’t have thought that would you?  9/10.

11. Change – There is no letting up.  Another decent track.  7/10.

12. All I’m Dreaming Of – Another slower song and another excellent rock track.  Wow – this album rocks!  8/10.

Bonus tracks:

13. Staring at the Mirror – hmmmmm, unsure of this but still a half decent track, seems to be sloping off a bit, but then again these are bonus tracks.  6/10.

14. Fade Away –  Maybe not.  Love Fade Away.  8/10.

15. Die For You – Disappointing end to a fantastic album.  Can’t complain really tho, it’s not often you get 15 tracks of this calibre.  5/10.

At the end of the day, this is a truly superb album, and I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes rock, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, country, hard rock or metal.  It’s not often you listen to the first few songs of an album and know you are going to love the band, not just the album.  That is all I will say.  Buy it.  Now.  Plus they are doing a UK tour with Rival Sons.  Should be epic…

Top 100 rock vocalists : 16 Glenn Hughes

16 – Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, solo, Black Country Communion)

Another true great whom I have recently seen live and met in the process – what a top quality bloke (despite being a Wolves fan)!  A true gent and my oh my what a vocal range he has got.  Black Country Communion’s (Hughes’ new supergroup with Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sheehan) version of Deep Purple’s Burn was quite simply breathtaking, along with some stunning tracks from the self-titled first album from BCC.  BCC2 does not quite match it, but Hughes is back!!  That can only be good for rock music….

Too many great albums, so little time…

Habits by Neon Trees - recently purchased

I have recently purchased a number of rock albums which I plan to review in the next few weeks.  There are so many great rock bands at the moment.  BCC, Avenged Sevenfold, Bonafide, Million $ Reload to name a few, many classic rock bands still going strong – AC/DC, Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple.  Plus many bands making comebacks like Def Leppard, Mr Big and Warrant.

But, the most fascinating aspect of the rock industry at the moment is the emergence of a number of great bands who are re-inventing the wheel.

So, I have purchased Habits by Neon Trees, We Stitch These Wounds by the Black Veil Brides, The Heart of Everything by Within Temptation, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Black Stone Cherry and American Slang by The Gaslight Anthem, which I do plan to review – so keep checking back!

It’s going to be a fun few weeks, I can’t wait….

Top 100 rock vocalists : 19 Ronnie James Dio

19 – Ronnie James Dio  (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven and Hell)

Ronnie James Dio

It was a very sad day for me when Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer last year.  Dio has always been a hero of mine from his days with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and Dio.  It is just a massive shame I never got to see him or any of his bands live.

Top 100 rock vocalists : 20 John Fogerty

20 – John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival, solo)

John Fogerty

Creedence Clearwater Revival are legends in their own right, but without Fogerty they wouldn’t have been the band they were as justified by the less than clever Mardi Gras album, and prompt split after he went solo.  A little known fact is that Fogerty wrote Rockin’ all over the World made famous by rock jokers Status Quo.  Check out John Fogerty’s self titled first album if you don’t believe me.

Top 250 rock albums : Number 6 – Willy and the Poor Boys

Willy and the Poor Boys by CCR

6.  Willy and the Poor Boys – Creedence Clearwater Revival

As you may have already gathered, CCR are one of my favourite bands and Willy and the Poor Boys epitomises everything that CCR are about.

There is everything on this album from pure swamp rock like ‘Cotton Fields’ to rock ‘n’ roll classics like ‘Fortunate Son’ and ‘It came out of the sky’ plus a couple of weird and wonderful tracks in which you are not too sure what genre they come under (the closing track ‘Effigy’ comes to mind).

Willy and the Poor Boys is up there with the greatest, and if you are not a CCR fan, then this would be the album to get you hooked.

Track list:
1.    Down on the Corner
2.    It Came out of the Sky
3.    Cotton Fields
4.    Poorboy Shuffle
5.    Feelin’ Blue
6.    Fortunate Son
7.    Don’t Look Now
8.    The Midnight Special
9.    Side o’ the Road
10.    Effigy

What is the best track on the album?  Well, the obvious choice would be ‘Fortunate Son’ but for me ‘It Came out of the Sky’ really gets me rockin’….

Southern rock, from alabama to mississippi via southern california….

The Band

Who is the best southern rock band of all time?  This is a question that has been talked about for a long, long time so I thought I would pipe up with my opinion.

By the way, by southern rock I am talking american southern rock.  There are many bands over the course of time who would qualify for this accolade, but the majority were rocking in the 60’s and 70’s.  There are very few bands around now with the southern swagger of the ir predecessors.

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Anyway, enough waffling.  My first nominations are The Band.  Robbie Robertson and co play an eclectic mix of country, folk, jazz and hillbilly music.  Albums “Music from Big Pink” and “The Band” made it onto the rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame, and classic songs such as “The night they drove old dixie down” and “The weight” will always confirm The Band in the legend ranks.

My second nominations are Creedence Clearwater Revival.  Bruce Willis revealed in Die Hard that they are the greatest band of all time.  Maybe he was slightly exaggerating, but I see where he is coming from.  CCR have a plethora of genius albums such as ‘Green River’, ‘Willy and the Poor Boys’ and the self titled ‘CCR’.

The Marshall Tucker Band

The Marshall Tucker BandNomination number three are The Marshal Tucker Band.  Now you may not have heard of them, but they are quite possibly the best band you have never heard of.  I will let you make your own mind up – check out their self titled album, ‘The Marshal Tucker Band’ and ‘Searching for a Rainbow’.

Onto number four…’s Lynryd Skynryd.  Legends of southern rock, Skynryd had to be in this list.  ‘Freebird’, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘Poison Whisky’ are the obvious classics but it’s the broken down ‘Mississippi Kid’ that made me want to pick up my Les Paul again.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

The final nominees are Buffalo Springfield.  Again, not a band that is greatly recognised, but a brilliant one all the same – The first album ‘Buffalo Springfield’ is by far the best….

Those are the five nominations.  Come back soon to check out the winner…..

Buffalo Springfield