I think I started smelling phantom Patchouli when “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” came on. This song is great! I love the little guitar solo interlude, and when it gets very slow, but there’s definitely a hippie stigma attached to it. Before putting this album on, I looked at all of the pictures taken by Bob Fogerty on the back cover and all I could think about was that these guys looked like stereotypes of hippies. And this probably has no actual merit to it, but they also look like kind of cocky assholes.
CCR is one of those bands that I know everything about and absolutely nothing about. Their songs are still played on the radio all the time! But what were they like when they were together and writing these famous songs? Their Wikipedia page says that they’re actually from San Francisco and not the south. Did you know that?
I enjoyed the first four songs, but it wasn’t until “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” came on that I finally felt the urge to write something. I was actually about to turn the record player off and come back to it tomorrow, because I just wasn’t inspired to comment on anything, but then that phantom patchouli smell came in through the back door, so to speak.
Let’s see what side two brings.
I also read about this album earlier than I usually do because I wasn’t feeling inspired and saw that it is considered their best by critics and fans. I like not knowing that information until after I’ve listened to the entire thing, but I’ll try to keep it out of my review.
You would think that “Up And Around The Bend,” would have been the first song on side one, not side two! This song is so familiar that it’s a little hard to hear. I wish I could hear it with fresh ears. I wish I could play it for Harvey for the first time and that he could talk and tell me what he thinks. As I typed that sentence I just realized that I will actually get to do that eventually! And that is the reason people have babies.
“Who’ll Stop The Rain,’” feels like a discovery of a beautiful song that was waiting to be written. The song waited patiently for a long time somewhere until John Foggerty found it, and he gave it to us.
Another “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” cover! I wonder how many albums Alex has that cover this song. So far, I’ve written about the original version on the “Big Chill Soundtrack.” This is a pretty fine version. I’m perfectly happy about the fact that it’s eleven minutes long. The ramblingness of it never loses some sort of electric energy that you can feel and they get real deep away from the chorus and into the jam. That main guitar riff is such a genius riff, I would guess that playing it over and over again on the guitar would be very satisfying.
This album has a lot of great songs on it that everyone loves, but I don’t feel any passion for it. Except for “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” there’s a passionate space in my soul for that one.