Creedence Clearwater Revival “Cosmo’s Factory”

1970’s Cosmo’s Factory may have gotten its title from drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford , but this veritable greatest hits package was, like the four preceding Creedence Clearwater Revival albums, the artistic vision of John Fogerty. Even as he wrote all of the original songs , sang every song , and provided the chunky lead guitar, John Fogerty also produced the distinctive “swamp rock” sound of every CCR album , including Cosmo’s Factory . And while Fogerty wasn’t the first to be entrusted with the then-new trend toward allowing the bands to produce themselves, he certainly was the most successful, truly remarkable when you realize that, at least in North America , Creedence rivaled The Beatles for consecutive Top 5 hits from 1967-1970, and that is without the expert guidance of a George Martin. Jimi Hendrix and The Doors made equally indelible impacts upon rock history in the same inconceivably brief span of time as Creedence , but they each had help (Hendrix from ex-Animals member Chas Chandler, The Doors from veteran producer Paul Rothschild ). John Fogerty’s sound and vision were completely self-contained and , to this day , never duplicated. –Redbeard