Bayou Country

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Bayou Country
Studio album by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Released January 5, 1969 (1969-01-05)[1]
Recorded 1968 at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California[2]
Genre Roots rock, swamp rock, southern rock, rock and roll
Length 33:48
Label Fantasy
Producer John Fogerty
Creedence Clearwater Revival chronology
Creedence Clearwater Revival
(1968)
Bayou Country
(1969)
Green River
(1969)
Singles from Bayou Country
  1. "Proud Mary"
    Released: January 1969 (1969-01)[1]

Bayou Country is the second studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released by Fantasy Records in January 1969, and was the first of three albums CCR released in that year (see 1969 in music).[1] The album was remastered and reissued on 180 Gram Vinyl by Analogue Productions in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by J.C. Fogerty, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Born on the Bayou"   5:16
2. "Bootleg"   3:03
3. "Graveyard Train"   8:37
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Good Golly Miss Molly" (Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, John Marascalco) 2:44
2. "Penthouse Pauper"   3:39
3. "Proud Mary"   3:09
4. "Keep On Chooglin'"   7:43

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone original (neutral)[4]
Rolling Stone reissue 3.5/5 stars[4]

In an early review, Rolling Stone thought that the album suffered from a major fault of inconsistency. "The good cuts are very good; but the bad ones just don't make it," it said.[5] The review was positive on the title track "Born On The Bayou" and "Proud Mary", but thought many of the other tracks lacked originality. Overall it considered the material in the album "not always strong, but Creedence Clearwater Revival plays with enough gusto to overcome this problem."[5] On the reissue of this album on its 40th-anniversary in 2008, the album was given a score of 3.5 stars out of 5.[4]

On Allmusic the album received 4.5 stars (out of 5), with Stephen Thomas Erlewine stating: "Opening slowly with the dark, swampy "Born on the Bayou," Bayou Country reveals an assured Creedence Clearwater Revival, a band that has found its voice between their first and second album. It's not just that "Born on the Bayou" announces that CCR has discovered its sound—it reveals the extent of John Fogerty's myth-making."[3]

Personnel[edit]

Performers[6]
Production[2][6]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
Canada (RPM Top 50)[7] 14
France (InfoDisc)[8] 1
US Billboard 200[9] 7
US Billboard R&B Albums[9] 41
Chart (1970) Peak
position
UK (The Official Charts Company)[10] 62

Singles[edit]

Year Single Position
Pop Singles UK Top 40
January
1969
"Proud Mary"/
"Born on the Bayou"
#2 #8

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
North America January 1969 Fantasy Records LP 8387
United Kingdom July 1969 Liberty Records LP LBS 83261
Germany 1969 Bellaphon Records LP BLPS 19002
United Kingdom March 1973 Fantasy Records LP FT 507
North America 1983 Fantasy Records LP ORC-4513
United Kingdom July 1984 Fantasy Records LP FAS LP 5003
Cassette FAS K 5003
United Kingdom August 1987 Fantasy Records LP FACE 502
Cassette FACC 502
CD CDEF 502
North America 1988 Fantasy Records Cassette 54513
CD FCD-4513-2
North America June 10, 2008 Fantasy Records expanded CD FAN-30877-02

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits (CD booklet). Creedence Clearwater Revival. USA: Fantasy Records. 1991. FCD-CCR2-2. 
  2. ^ a b Selvin, Joel (2008). Bayou Country [Expanded Reissue] (CD liner). Creedence Clearwater Revival. United States: Concord Music Group. FAN-30877-02. 
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review "Bayou Country"". Allmusic. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Rezos, Ray (1 March 1969). "Records". Rolling Stone (San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.). Retrieved 16 December 1969. 
  5. ^ a b Ray Rezos (March 2, 1973). "Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bayou Country". Rolling Stone. 
  6. ^ a b "Bayou Country > Credits". Allmusic Guide. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ "RPM – Item Display: Top Albums/CDs – Volume 11, No. 4, March 24, 1969" (.Php). Library and Archives Canada. March 31, 2004. 
  8. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  9. ^ a b "Creedence Clearwater revival – Billboard Albums". United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 

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