Saturday, July 25, 2015

cosmo's factory

Creedence Clearwater Revival forged a wond'rous apparition in clouds of mystery to ponder perpetual motion in this ramble tamble travelin' ooby dooby.   After releasing their debut album Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1968, they cranked out three more in 1969 Bayou Country,   Green River , and  Willy and the Poor Boys before returning to Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, California to record 'Cosmo's Factory' with John Fogerty on lead guitar, lead vocals, piano, saxophone, and harmonica;   Tom Fogerty on rhythm guitar;   Stu Cook on bass;   and  Doug Clifford on drums.   Russ Gary was the engineer.   

The sessions were produced and arrangered by John Fogerty:   "When I did 'Cosmo’s Factory', in my mind, it was sort of — at the time — a culmination. I was really kind of going to pack it full, thinking that I was then going to turn a corner and go off into a new place. Unfortunately, there was so much tension within the band that the new place wasn’t necessarily happy. (Laughs.) . . . When I look back now, I can sure see how pretty amazing “Cosmo’s Factory” is. There’s at least six charted singles on that album, and if you also want to include “Heard It Through the Grapevine,” that’s seven. I mean that’s kind of like Michael Jackson territory. (Laughs.) But at the time I just sort of took that in stride. That was what we were doing back then...As you probably know, the history of the band — I was a very strong leader, and I had a mountain, a whole roomful of musical ideas. So I was sort of an unstoppable force. Basically the hardest part was just getting the band up to speed musically so they could record and accomplish these songs. And also just to be in sync and on the same page, wanting to do it. As the success and time went on and got greater there was more and more dissension within the band. You mention how other bands are. What happens then is you spend half your time in the political realm, meaning, well, “I don’t know if I want to do that song.” Or, “I want to come up with my own song.” That takes time. There’s a lot of time being consumed in bands where everybody’s having their say, then you have a meeting, you take a vote — you see what I’m getting at. But basically, “Cosmo’s Factory” was really the very end of me being very strong and very pure and very clear in my direction. And after that . . . (laughs) . . . the fine running machine was starting to get a little wobbly. Democracy’s a wonderful thing. But as we all know in America, it’s really hard to manage."

'Cosmo's Factory' reached number ten in Japan; four in Germany; two in the Netherlands; and number one in Australia, Canada, Norway, the UK, and the US. 

"Lookin' Out My Back Door"

"Who'll Stop the Rain"

"Travelin' Band"

"Run Through The Jungle"

"Up Around the Bend"

'Cosmo's Factory' 
full album:

All songs written and composed by J.C. Fogerty, except where noted. 

Side one
1. "Ramble Tamble"   7:09
2. "Before You Accuse Me" (Ellas McDaniel) 3:24
3. "Travelin' Band‡"   2:07
4. "Ooby Dooby" (Wade Moore, Dick Penner) 2:05
5. "Lookin' Out My Back Door"   2:31
6. "Run Through the Jungle†"   3:09
Side two
1. "Up Around the Bend†"   2:40
2. "My Baby Left Me" (Arthur Crudup) 2:17
3. "Who'll Stop the Rain‡"   2:28
4. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong) 11:05
5. "Long as I Can See the Light"   3:33

Note: All tracks recorded June 1970, except for † recorded March 1970 and ‡ recorded late 1969

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