Willy and the Poor Boys
|Willy and the Poor Boys|
|Studio album by Creedence Clearwater Revival|
|Recorded||1969 at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California|
|Genre||Roots rock, swamp rock, southern rock, country rock, blues rock|
|Creedence Clearwater Revival chronology|
|Singles from Willy and the Poor Boys|
Willy and the Poor Boys is the fourth studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released by Fantasy Records in November 1969, and was the last of three studio albums that the band released in that year (see 1969 in music). The album was remastered and reissued on 180 Gram Vinyl by Analogue Productions in 2006.
In August, CCR released its third LP, Green River. Shortly after the band began recording songs for its next LP, Willy and the Poor Boys. Two months later the band released its sixth single, "Down on the Corner" b/w "Fortunate Son". The single's A-side reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and its B-side made it to #14, both in 1969.
When the band members were finalizing the album, they and photographer Basul Parik went over to the intersection of Peralta St. and Hollis St. in Oakland, California and shot the photograph of the cover at Duck Kee Market owned by Ruby Lee.
On December 16, 1970, the Recording Industry Association of America certified the album Gold (500,000 units sold). Almost 20 years later, on December 13, 1990, the album was certified platinum (1,000,000 units sold) and 2x Platinum (2,000,000 units sold).
The album was well received, exemplified by the original review in Rolling Stone, which stated it was "the best one yet". Allmusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine contrasted Willy and the Poor Boys with their previous album, Green River, because the songs were softer and more upbeat, except for "Effigy", and stating that "Fortunate Son" is not as dated as most of the other protest songs of the era. However, he also feels the song is a little out of place on the album. He also compared "Poorboy Shuffle" to songs performed by jug bands and he called the album "pure". In the Blender magazine review of the album it was called the opposite of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and psychedelic rock, which the reviewer feels is because of the band's performance at the Woodstock Festival. In his review for the album, Robert Christgau says that he thought it was their best album, when it was released, and feels John Fogerty's political lyrics are easy to understand, giving the album his highest rating of all of CCR's albums. For his Rolling Stone review of the 40th Anniversary reissue of the album, Barry Walters called the album "relaxed" and gives credit to Fogerty for writing a protest song, "Fortunate Son", that has a good beat to it.
All songs written and composed by J.C. Fogerty, except where noted.
|1.||"Down on the Corner"||2:46|
|2.||"It Came Out of the Sky"||2:53|
|3.||"Cotton Fields" (Huddie Ledbetter)||2:56|
|2.||"Don't Look Now (It Ain't You or Me)"||2:11|
|3.||"The Midnight Special" (Traditional, arr. J. C. Fogerty)||4:13|
|4.||"Side o' the Road"||3:24|
|40th Anniversary Edition CD bonus tracks|
|1.||"Fortunate Son" (Live in Manchester, September 1, 1971)||2:13|
|2.||"It Came Out of the Sky" (Live in Berlin, September 16, 1971, recorded for Live in Europe)||3:26|
|3.||"Down on the Corner" (Jam with Booker T. & the M.G.'s at Fantasy Studios, 1970)||2:49|
- Creedence Clearwater Revival
- John Fogerty – vocals, lead guitar, piano, harmonica on "Poorboy Shuffle", producer, arranger
- Tom Fogerty – rhythm guitar, except on tracks 11 & 12
- Stu Cook – bass, washtub bass on "Poorboy Shuffle"
- Doug Clifford – drums, washboard on "Poorboy Shuffle"
- Additional musicians
- Booker T. Jones – organ on track 13
- Steve Cropper – guitar on track 13
- Donald "Duck" Dunn – bass on track 13
- Al Jackson, Jr. – drums on track 13
- Basul Parik – photography
- Chris Clough – 2008 compilation producer
- Ed Ward – 2008 liner notes
- Joel Selvin – 2008 liner notes
- Rikka Arnold – project assistance
- Bill Belmont – project assistance
- Jennifer Peters – project assistance
|Canada RPM100 Albums||2|
|Netherlands (Top 100)||7|
|Norway (Top 40)||2|
|UK (The Official Charts Company)||10|
|US Billboard 200||3|
|US Billboard R&B Albums||28|
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