Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy And The Poor Boys

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl LP Record + Digital Download

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Willy And The Poor Boys is the fourth studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, originally released in November 1969 via Fantasy Records.

Creedence Clearwater Revival, often informally abbreviated to Creedence or CCR, were active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford. Their musical style encompassed the roots, swamp and blues rock genres.

Despite their San Francisco Bay Area origins, they played in a Southern rock style, with lyrics about popular elements of Southern United States iconography, as well as political and socially-conscious lyrics about topics including the Vietnam War.

After four years of chart-topping success, the group disbanded acrimoniously in late 1972. Tom Fogerty had officially left the previous year, and his brother John was at odds with the remaining members over matters of business and artistic control, all of which resulted in subsequent lawsuits between the former band mates. Fogerty's ongoing disagreements with label owner Saul Zaentz, created further protracted court battles. As a result, John Fogerty refused to perform with the two other surviving former members at CCR's 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Willy And The Poor Boys is a fun record, perhaps the breeziest album CCR ever made. Apart from the eerie minor-key closer "Effigy" (one of John Fogerty's most haunting numbers), there is little of the doom that colored Green River.

Fogerty's rage remains, blazing to the forefront on "Fortunate Son", a working-class protest song that cuts harder than any of the explicit Vietnam protest songs of the era, which is one of the reasons that it hasn't aged where its peers have. Also, there's that unbridled vocal from Fogerty and the ferocious playing on CCR, which both sound fresh as they did upon release. "Fortunate Son" is one of the greatest, hardest rock & rollers ever cut, so it might seem to be out of step with an album that is pretty laid-back and friendly, but there's that elemental joy that by late '69 was one of CCR's main trademarks.

That joy runs throughout the album, from the gleeful single "Down On The Corner" and the lazy jugband blues of "Poorboy Shuffle" through the great slow blues jam "Feelin' Blue" to the great rockabilly spiritual "Don't Look Now", one of Fogerty's overlooked gems. The covers don't feel like throwaways, either, since both "Cotton Fields" and "The Midnight Special" have been overhauled to feel like genuine CCR songs.

It all adds up to one of the greatest pure rock & roll records ever cut.

Check out the tracks: “Down On The Corner”; “Fortunate Son” and “The Midnight Special”.

This "Back to Black" Series LP Record is a reissue on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl with a Digital Download Code, pressed in Europe.







Down On The Corner



It Came Out Of The Sky



Cotton Fields



Poorboy Shuffle



Feelin’ Blue



Fortunate Son



Don’t Look Now (It Ain’t You Or Me)



The Midnight Special



Side O’ The Road





SKU 025218839716
Record Label Fantasy Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number FANTASY 8397
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 09 March 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 02 November 1969
Barcode # 025218839716
Shipping Weight 0.2850kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Reissue, Digital Download Code, Back to Black Series
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular

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