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The Boxing Lesson

Box sets grow up and out

By Michael Toland, December 20, 2013, Music

Creedence Clearwater Revival


Face it, you know these chooglers by heart. Flick the radio dial and you'll likely hear three of Creedence Clearwater Revival's multitudinous hit singles. In fact, after 45 years, "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," and "Fortunate Son" practically come encoded in newborns' DNA. This 6-CD box, containing all seven studio albums, a live LP, plus another disc's worth of live songs and 25 pre-CCR singles/demos, constitutes everything the Bay Area quartet recorded. Even casual fanatics can trace the development of Stu Cook, Doug Clifford, and the Fogerty brothers over a lifespan shorter than the Beatles', starting with their Fifties-derivative garage rock and charming roots. It's also a reminder that not every great CCR tune came out as a 45, "Effigy," "Someday Never Comes," "Walk on the Water," "Long as I Can See the Light," and "Wrote a Song for Everyone" matching up to better-known earworms. Packaged like one of John Fogerty's Kustom amplifiers, Creedence Clearwater Revival includes a booklet featuring album-by-album essays and a cool piece on the band's formative years by historian Alec Palao.

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