The Singles Collection


As long as were on the subject of mono mixes of classic rock we might as well speak about The Singles Collection, by California country / rock and roll superstars Creedence Clearwater Revival. Featuring 30 songs spread over two CDs—including all the group’s charting singles—The Singles Collection features a 16 page booklet boasting liner notes from long time Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres, who lived in the S.F. Bay area back in the Creedence heyday. No surprises here—these songs were / are mostly all huge smash hit singles, penned by Creedence founder John Fogerty, that are each deeply ingrained into the classic American rock era of the late 20th century. A key selling point here of course is that these are the stronger sounding, yet not often heard, mono mixes that added even more punch to the AM radio / jukebox sound that made Creedence such a household word back by 1969. Also included in addition to the two CDs is a bonus DVD featuring four very interesting, but never before available pre-MTV videos of four Creedence classics—”I Heard It Through The Grapevine," ”Bootleg,” “I Put A Spell On You” and “Lookin’ Out My Backdoor.” In a move perhaps catering to the group’s original fans or more likely those who missed them or weren’t even born when CCR classics like “Proud Mary” and “Green River” ruled the charts, Fantasy Records / Concord Music Group are also planning a limited edition collectors edition of The Singles Collection, featuring the actual vinyl 45 rpm singles in their original picture sleeves, most of which are depicted in a cool oversized color poster contained in the CD version of The Singles Collection.


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