Great remastering and bonus material!
J. Polsgrove | Baja Arizona | 10/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you buy ANY Creedence Clearwater Revival CDs, look for a release date of September 30, 2008. After FINALLY making peace with Fantasy records, the CCR catalog has gotten the remastering treatment, along with several live bonus tracks. In addition, these new downloads are actually CHEAPER than the others!
Bayou Country was MY introduction to CCR, and as such it and my second purchase, Willy and the Poorboys, will always remain my favorites. I downloaded this, then Willy, then said "what the heck" and went ahead and got Green River, the self-titled debut, and Cosmo's Factory. ALL FIVE are great and come highly recommended. Trust me, if you get one, you're gonna want all five...
GREAT STUFF! And much improved audio!"
Truly great stuff
B. E Jackson | Pennsylvania | 09/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's been said a million times already, and truthtully all I'm doing is repeating what's already been said by bigger and better people- Creedence Clearwater Revival is truly unique in every sense of the word.
Something must have been seriously wrong with me when I was younger, because "Born on the Bayou" never seemed particularly appealing to me back in the day. NOW however, I realize the error of my ways. Whatever it was I was smoking back then, the fact remains I definitely wasn't thinking or hearing very clearly because this is one HECK of an awesome tune. Best verse melody ever.
"Bootleg" is an extremely melodic little roots rock tune. A perfect song really. At least, a perfect example of what makes CCR so darn irresistible.
Some people have a problem with "Graveyard Train" because, to be honest, the verse melody is somewhat mindless. It sounds extremely simple, however, that's exactly why I love it so much. It's catchy, and the harmonica jam that appears later on is really good as well. An underrated track. Its only flaw is being 8 minutes long because it honestly only deserves to be about 4 or 5 minutes.
Would you like to hear solid proof that todays guitar players can't hold a candle to the older ones? Just listen to the guitar playing in "Penthouse Pauper". Upon hearing it, you can definitely tell it's stuck in the late 60's because a bunch of blues rock bands like Cream and Zeppelin were writing songs with similar implementation of the guitar work, however it's also distinctive enough to stand head and shoulders above most guitar rock of todays generation.
We all know "Proud Mary" to the point of memorization so there's no need to further explain its awesomeness, and the album closes with the very best song- "Keep On Chooglin". BRILLIANT guitar jam, BRILLIANT harmonica work, and BRILLIANT rhythm section. Seriously, it's perfect.
Creedence Clearwater Revival is an incredible band and there's a reason people still listen to them today. There's a reason radio stations still play their classic material. Bayou Country covers all the bands very best points and offers some underrated ones as well."