My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Bayou Country is Creedence Clearwater Revival’s second album. It was recorded in 1968 and released in January of 1969.
What I think: I consider myself a big fan of CCR, but this album has never done a lot for me. There are some great songs in the title track, the amazing “Proud Mary” and “Penthouse Pauper”. Where this album is a let down is in the extended “Graveyard Train”(8.5 Minutes) and “Keep On Chooglin”(7.75 Minutes). The funny thing about this too me is that I generally adore the really long CCR jams (The eleven and a half minute “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” is one of my favorite all time songs). These two just don’t really cut it. “Graveyard Train” is sort of boring and uneventful. “Chooglin” on the other hand has a pretty great instrumental part, but is really lacking in the vocal department.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I would be ok if this one was left out of the book as long as they include their next three albums… that’s really where the good stuff is. Really though, I’m happy to have gotten at least one CCR album in this project as they are known more from their singles than their albums.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (33/145)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%