Cosmo's Factory

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Cosmo's Factory
Studio album by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Released July 25, 1970 (1970-07-25)[1]
Recorded 1969–1970 at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, California
Genre Roots rock, country rock, blues rock, southern rock
Length 42:28
Label Fantasy
Producer John Fogerty
Creedence Clearwater Revival chronology
Willy and the Poor Boys
(1969)
Cosmo's Factory
(1970)
Pendulum
(1970)
Singles from Cosmo's Factory
  1. "Travelin' Band"/"Who'll Stop the Rain"
    Released: January 1970 (1970-01)[1]
  2. "Run Through the Jungle"/"Up Around the Bend"
    Released: April 1970 (1970-04)[1]
  3. "Lookin' out My Back Door"
    Released: July 1970 (1970-07)[1]
  4. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
    Released: January 1976 (1976-01)[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau A link
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars link

Cosmo's Factory is the fifth studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), released by Fantasy Records in July 1970 and released as Fantasy 8402, the same month as the single release of "Lookin' out My Back Door" b/w "Long As I Can See the Light".[1]

The name of the album comes from the warehouse in Berkeley where the band rehearsed early in their career. It was dubbed "The Factory" by drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, due to the fact that bandleader John Fogerty made them practice there almost every day.[2]

Early pressings of the album contain a three-second dropout on the left stereo channel during "Before You Accuse Me" and an earlier mix of "Travelin' Band" with John Fogerty's first solo mixed behind the horn section. This mix was restored on the 40th anniversary reissue.[citation needed] The album is regarded as the band's best in their catalogue by critics and fans, including being ranked #265 on Rolling Stone's list "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".

Background[edit]

CCR released their fourth studio album, Willy and the Poor Boys, in November 1969. Shortly after, the band began recording songs for Cosmo's Factory. In January 1970, the double A-sided single, "Travelin' Band"/"Who'll Stop the Rain",[1] peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] In April, the band released their next double-sided single, "Run Through the Jungle"/"Up Around the Bend",[1] which reached #4 and #2 on the Hot 100, respectively,[3] and started their first tour of Europe. Cosmo's Factory was released in July 1970, and their ninth single "Lookin' Out My Back Door"/"Long As I Can See the Light", both of which reached #2 on the Hot 100.[1][3]

Cosmo's Factory was an international hit, topping the album charts in six countries.[4][5][6][7][8][9] The album was certified Gold (500,000 units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America on December 16, 1970. Almost twenty years later, on December 13, 1990, it received a certification of four times platinum with sales of over four million copies.[10]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Ramble Tamble"   7:09
2. "Before You Accuse Me" (Ellas McDaniel) 3:24
3. "Travelin' Band‡"   2:07
4. "Ooby Dooby" (Wade Moore, Dick Penner) 2:05
5. "Lookin' Out My Back Door"   2:31
6. "Run Through the Jungle†"   3:09
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Up Around the Bend†"   2:40
2. "My Baby Left Me" (Arthur Crudup) 2:17
3. "Who'll Stop the Rain‡"   2:28
4. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong) 11:05
5. "Long as I Can See the Light"   3:33

Note: All tracks recorded June 1970, except for † recorded March 1970 and ‡ recorded late 1969

Personnel[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

Awards[edit]

In 2003, the album was ranked number 265 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[11]

Covers[edit]

"Long As I Can See the Light" was covered by Monkey Mafia and released as a single in 1998 from their 1998 album Shoot the Boss.[12]

Charts[edit]

Album
Chart (1970) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 1
Canada RPM 100 Albums[5] 1
France Top Albums[6] 1
Netherlands (Top 100)[13] 2
Norway (Top 40)[7] 1
UK (The Official Charts Company)[9] 1
US Billboard 200[8] 1
US Billboard R&B Albums[8] 11
Singles
Date Single Position
Pop Singles UK Top 40
January
1970
"Travelin' Band"/
"Who'll Stop The Rain"
#2 #8
April
1970
"Up Around The Bend"/
"Run Through The Jungle"
#4 #3
July
1970
"Lookin' Out My Back Door"/
"Long As I Can See The Light"
#2 #20

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[14] 1× gold 20,000[14]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
North America July 1970 Fantasy Records stereo LP 8402
Cassette 58402
8-track 88402
United Kingdom 1970 Liberty Records stereo LP LBS 83388
Germany 1970 Bellaphon Records stereo LP BLPS 19005
unknown March 1973 Fantasy Records stereo LP FT 502
United States 1980 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Half-Speed LP MFSL 1-037
United States 1983 Fantasy Records stereo LP ORC-4516
United States August 1987 Fantasy Records CD CDFE 505
World-wide 2008 Fantasy Records expanded CD FAN-30880-02

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits (CD booklet). Creedence Clearwater Revival. Berkeley, California, United States: Fantasy Records. 1991. FCD-CCR2-2. 
  2. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival-Cosmo's Factory". Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Creedence Clearwater Revival - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Kent, David. Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ a b "100 Albums" (PHP). RPM 14 (2). August 29, 1970. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Le Détail des Albums de chaque Artiste" (PHP). InfoDisc (in French).  Look for "CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL" under the drop-down menu.
  7. ^ a b "Album Info: Cosmo's Factory – Creedence Clearwater Revival" (PHP). VG-lista (in Norwegian). Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "Creedence Clearwater Revival - Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Artist Chart History: Creedence Clearwater Revival". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database". (PHP). Recording Industry Association of America. Type in "Creedence Clearwater Revival" under Artist to see search results.
  11. ^ "News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  12. ^ "Monkey Mafia Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  13. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo's Factory (Album)" (PHP). Dutch Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 by Blood, Sweat & Tears
Billboard 200 number one album
August 22 – October 23, 1970
Succeeded by
Abraxas by Santana
Preceded by
Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young)
Australian Kent Music Report number one album
September 14, 1970 – January 23, 1971
Succeeded by
Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
Preceded by
A Question of Balance by The Moody Blues
UK Albums Chart number-one album
September 12–19, 1970
Succeeded by
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert
by The Rolling Stones