Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bayou Country

 (HalfSpeed Mastered)


Concord Craft Recordings



Product No.:
ACONC 0125
UPC: 888072048720
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP

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180-gram vinyl

Half-speed mastered at Abbey Road Studios

Tip-on jacket replicating the original packaging

A bona fide rock classic, Bayou Country (released in January 1969) broke CCR wide open nationally and worldwide, containing the group's first big hits, "Proud Mary" and "Born On The Bayou." These two tracks, along with "Bootleg," "Graveyard Train" and "Keep On Chooglin'," were pure CCR — gritty vocals, tight leads and infectious rhythm.

Using high-res transfers from the original analog tapes, the half-speed mastering process involves playing back audio at half its recorded speed while the cutting lathe is turned at half the desired playback speed. The technique allows more time to cut a micro-precise groove, allowing more accuracy with frequency extremes and dynamic contrasts. Abbey Road Studios' award-winning engineer Miles Showell explains, "I've tried to be as authentic as I could, and just make it sound like music. Not over-hyped, not over-processed. Up until now a lot of processing has been done on these recordings, so my approach was to strip them right back and just expose them for what they are — because what they are is great music."

On Bayou Country, John Fogerty's lyrics evoke a Mississippi and bayou folk legend, a world of voodo fortune tellers, hoodoos and hound dogs and, together with his raspy-voiced delivery, prompted a wide speculation that the El Cerrito, California band was of southern origin. Before the year was out, 35 artists had cut cover versions of "Proud Mary" while the Bayou Country album itself seemed unkillable, remaining on the Billboard charts for 87 weeks and becoming CCR's first platinum-selling LP.

Side 1
Born On The Bayou
Graveyard Train

Side 2
Good Golly Miss Molly
Penthouse Pauper
Proud Mary
Keep On Chooglin’

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Pristine CCR!

posted on 03/12/2023
5 Stars
Reviewer: Larry H.
Bravo Concord/Craft Recordings! I just finished listening to this pressing of Bayou Country and couldn't be happier!! The 180g vinyl is perfectly flat and plays with dead silence. When the first guitar note of "Born on the Bayou" was played, I had chills and was transported back to being 9-10 years old listening to the original release! The sound stage is excellent on all tracks! The reproduction of the jacket and the original Fantasy Label was dead on! This pressing is superb in every way. Glad to have it in the collection!!

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