This Tuesday, Concord Music and Fantasy Records (who John Fogerty made an unexpected peace with a few years back, after decades of legal wrangling) is reissuing the first six of Creedence's original albums in new remastered editions with bonus unreleased tracks.

Each album comes in a nicely done eco-correct fold out package, featuring new liner notes by some of music's best journalists including Dave Marsh, Robert Christgau, and the San Francisco Chronicle's Joel Selvin. The liner notes in of themselves are fascinating to read, as they reveal some little known details about things like Creedence's split, including the involvement of notorious Beatles villain Allen Klein.

But its the extras that are the real treat here. Each of the six new discs include such rarities as live recordings of songs like "Susie Q," "Proud Mary," and "Fortunate Son", alternate takes including "Down On The Corner" and "Born On The Bayou" with Booker T and The MGs, and even CCR's odd homage to the Beatles "Revolution #9" ("Revolutions Per Minute Parts 1 & 2").

This is part three of a three part review series for Cinema Blend of the Creedence reissues and focuses on the album's Cosmos Factory and Pendulum.

1970's Cosmos Factory, CCR's fifth album in about two years, would also prove to be their biggest, and some would say, their best.

The album's centerpiece is a stunning eleven minute plus reinvention of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," that features several extended guitar solos where Fogerty stretches out like he hadn't done since way back on Bayou Country roughly two years prior.

The album was also deeper than ever in singles, including the rock and roll rave ups "Travellin Band," and "Up Around The Bend," as well as more of Fogerty's emerging politically themed songs in "Who'll Stop The Rain," "Run Through The Jungle," and "Long As I Can See The Light." Cut for cut, Cosmo's Factory is almost a greatest hits record unto itself.

Creedence would make just two more studio albums (Pendulum and Mardi Gras) before splintering apart when John Fogerty's brother Tom left the group (triggering a sibling feud that continued right on up to his death). Pendulum is the group's most often dismissed record. This is probably due more to the fact that Cosmo's Factory was such a hard act to follow than anything else. Repeated listens reveal that Pendulum deserves better.

Unlike Cosmo's track listing of wall to wall hits, Pendulum contained "only" two singles. Where "Hey Tonight" was a countrified rocker recalling earlier singles like "Down On The Corner," "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" sounds almost like the answer to "Who'll Stop The Rain." It also remains one of Fogerty's best pop songs, with its hopeful lyrics of optimism providing an escapist's outlook even as the world situation was growing more and more chaotic.

John Fogerty is of course nowhere near as prolific today as he was once was, although his solo work also contains its fair share of gems, including baseball's unofficial theme song "Centerfield" and the anti-Bush themed "Deja Vu All Over Again" (which is essentially a rewrite of "Who'll Stop The Rain').

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