Creedence Clearwater Revival: Bayou Country – [Record 99]
Bayou Country is the second studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released by Fantasy Records in January 1969, and was the first of three albums CCR released in that year (see 1969 in music). The album was remastered and reissued on 180 Gram Vinyl by Analogue Productions in 2006.
1. Born on the Bayou.
3. Graveyard Train.
1. Good Golly Miss Molly.
2. Penthouse Pauper.
3. Proud Mary.
4. Keep On Chooglin’.
Reception: In an early review, Rolling Stone thought that the album suffered from a major fault of inconsistency. “The good cuts are very good; but the bad ones just don’t make it,” it said. The review was positive on the title track “Born On The Bayou” and “Proud Mary”, but thought many of the other tracks lacked originality. Overall it considered the material in the album “not always strong, but Creedence Clearwater Revival plays with enough gusto to overcome this problem.” On the reissue of this album on its 40th-anniversary in 2008, the album was given a score of 3.5 stars out of 5.
On Allmusic the album received 4.5 stars (out of 5), with Stephen Thomas Erlewine stating: “Opening slowly with the dark, swampy “Born on the Bayou,” Bayou Country reveals an assured Creedence Clearwater Revival, a band that has found its voice between their first and second album. It’s not just that “Born on the Bayou” announces that CCR has discovered its sound—it reveals the extent of John Fogerty’s myth-making.”