Creedence Clearwater Revival, Pendulum, Fantasy 8410, 1970
Just because they haven’t (yet) had a bio-pic made of them doesn’t mean that Creedence Clearwater Revival doesn’t have a drama filled rags to riches story with a great soundtrack. Their career was peaking when this record came out, but it was all about to implode. By definition, a Pendulum swings both ways.
Puns aside, CCR was showing the strain of three full years of recording and touring by the end of 1970. Frontman John Fogerty, who wrote every song on this album, felt like he was carrying the largest load in the band, while his brother Tom was asking for more control but was being rejected. Throw in a greedy record company that was more of an enemy than a friend, and it’s a combustible combination.
In the end though, it’s the last great CCR album. It’s more full produced than the others, but the flowing simplicity of Fogerty’s songs still shines through. The band’s strain’s can be heard on Have You Ever Seen The Rain, so it’s a little bittersweet. But like all CCR albums, they can usually be found for not much money.
Cost: $2, $845 Remaning