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Rock 20/09/2022

Creedence Clearwater Revival's Legendary 1970 London Performance Creedence Clearwater Revival At The Royal Albert Hall

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) For decades, rumors have circulated among Creedence Clearwater Revival's fans about a long-lost recording of their legendary 1970 show at London's Royal Albert Hall. Today, the long-fabled performance is available in its entirety on multiple formats (details below) via Craft Recordings as Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall. The live album is available to stream and purchase here. Coinciding with the album launch, a new documentary concert film, titled Travelin' Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall, is available today streaming on Netflix (in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, NZ, Latin America and Africa).

The stunning new concert album and film find CCR at the apex of their career, playing the most prestigious venue in London. Placing listeners front and center at the show, the album features John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook performing such hits as "Fortunate Son," "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," and more.

After spending roughly 50 years in storage, the original multitrack tapes were meticulously restored and mixed by the GRAMMY® Award-winning team of producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell, who have helmed countless acclaimed projects together, including the Beatles' 50th-anniversary editions of Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as audio for the Elton John biopic Rocketman and Peter Jackson's The Beatles: Get Back series. The LP was mastered by the celebrated engineer Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using half-speed technology for the highest-quality listening experience.

The concurrent documentary concert feature film, Travelin' Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall, out today, is directed by two-time GRAMMY® Award winner Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology and Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies) and narrated by Academy Award®-winning actor Jeff Bridges. The film takes viewers from the band's earliest years together in El Cerrito, CA through their meteoric rise to fame. Featuring a wealth of unseen footage, Travelin' Band culminates with the band's show at the Royal Albert Hall—marking the only concert footage of the original CCR lineup to be released in its entirety.

The film is a Craft Recordings, Concord Originals, and Marathan Films production and is produced by Sig Sigworth (R.E.M. by MTV), Jonathan Clyde (The Beatles: Get Back), Martin R. Smith (The Beatles: Sgt Pepper's Musical Revolution) and John Beug (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream). Concord's Scott Pascucci (Martin Scorsese's George Harrison: Living in the Material World), Bob Valentine and Concord Original's Sophia Dilley (Billie) executive produce. Wesley Adams, Charles Hopkins, and Taylor Umphenour are serving as co-producers.

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall is also now available to own on 180-gram vinyl, CD, and cassette, with select retail outlets offering a variety of exclusive color variants, including Walmart ("Tombstone Shadow" vinyl) and Target ("Green River" vinyl). Additionally, the album is available across all digital platforms, including in hi-res and Dolby ATMOS® immersive audio formats.

On November 18, both the album and the film will be presented in a Super Deluxe Edition Box Set, available exclusively via CraftRecordings.com. The 2-LP/2-CD/1-Blu-ray collection includes Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall on two 45-RPM 180-gram vinyl LPs as well as on CD. A second CD features music from the film, including formative recordings from the band's earliest incarnations (including Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets and the Golliwogs), while the Blu-ray offers the complete Travelin' Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall film, plus the digital album in hi-res and Dolby ATMOS® immersive audio. Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide and available to pre-order now, each individually numbered set is housed in a 12" x 12" box, with embossed gold foil detail, and includes a reproduction of the original 1970 tour program, a 17" x 24" poster, and a 16-page booklet, featuring an excerpt from Bridges' voice-over script, which offers background on the band's incredible path to the London show.

When Creedence Clearwater Revival stepped onto the Royal Albert Hall's stage on April 14, 1970—just days after the Beatles announced their breakup—the California rockers had arguably just become the biggest band in the world. Leading up to the show, CCR had enjoyed an unprecedented "magical year," as Jeff Bridges narrates in the film. "In only 12 months the band had achieved five Top 10 singles and three Top 10 albums [Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys] on the American charts, outselling the Beatles. They had appeared on the legendary Ed Sullivan Show and played to over a million people across America, including the hundreds of thousands gathered at Woodstock. 'John, Tom, Stu, and Doug' may not have had the familiar ring to it of 'John, Paul, George, and Ringo,' but Creedence were challenging the Beatles for the title of the biggest group in the world." During their two-night sold-out residency at the iconic venue, CCR not only followed in the footsteps of acts like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles, but they proved they were equals.

While Creedence Clearwater Revival would go their separate ways just two years later, speculation around a live recording of that legendary concert began to permeate their fanbase in 1980. That same year, Fantasy Records had released a live album by the band, mistakenly titled The Royal Albert Hall Concert. It was quickly discovered that the audio was, in fact, from the Oakland Coliseum show, captured months earlier. While the label rushed to sticker the album with correctional information—and properly re-named the January 1970 performance as The Concert for later production runs—actual footage from the Royal Albert Hall remained the stuff of rock 'n' roll lore…until now.

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall tracklist (Deluxe Edition):
Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall (CD)
1. Born on the Bayou
2. Green River
3. Tombstone Shadow
4. Travelin' Band
5. Fortunate Son
6. Commotion
7. Midnight Special
8. Bad Moon Rising
9. Proud Mary
10. The Night Time Is the Right Time
11. Good Golly Miss Molly
12. Keep on Chooglin'

Music from the Motion Picture: Travelin' Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall (CD)
1. Come On Baby - Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets
2. Brown Eyed Girl - The Golliwogs
. Porterville - The Golliwogs
4. Suzie Q.
5. I Put a Spell on You
6. Proud Mary
7. Born on the Bayou
8. Bad Moon Rising
9. Green River
10. The Night Time Is the Right Time
11. Down on the Corner
12. Who'll Stop the Rain?

Blu-ray: Travelin' Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall (45-RPM Vinyl)
A. Travelin' Band
B. Who'll Stop The Rain

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall tracklist (CD, Digital)
1. Born on the Bayou
2. Green River
3. Tombstone Shadow
4. Travelin' Band
5. Fortunate Son
6. Commotion
7. Midnight Special
8. Bad Moon Rising
9. Proud Mary
10. The Night Time Is the Right Time
11. Good Golly Miss Molly
12. Keep on Chooglin'

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall tracklist (Vinyl, Cassette)
A1. Born on the Bayou
A2. Green River
A3. Tombstone Shadow
A4. Travelin' Band
A5. Fortunate Son
A6. Commotion
A7. Midnight Special

B1. Bad Moon Rising
B2. Proud Mary
B3. The Night Time Is the Right Time
B4. Good Golly Miss Molly
B5. Keep on Chooglin'

During their short time together as a band (1968 - 1972), Creedence enjoyed an unparalleled period of creativity—releasing seven studio albums (two of which went to Number One), playing over 150 tour dates around the world, including a headlining spot at Woodstock and scoring 14 Top Ten singles. A mainstay band till today, Creedence accrued 4 billion streams in 2021. Over the past 50-plus years, Creedence's canon has become a part of the Great American Songbook. Songs like "Bad Moon Rising," "Down on the Corner," "Fortunate Son," "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," "Proud Mary," "Born on the Bayou," "Travelin' Band" and "Up Around the Bend" have been ingrained into pop culture—not just as rock staples, but as timeless standards. With so many memorable compositions that continue to grace the radio waves, television and film screens, and lyrics that still resonate today, Creedence Clearwater Revival is, truly, America's Greatest Rock Band.






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