Monday, July 25, 2011

"It was 41 years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play"

This entry is the second of hopefully more frequent posts that will highlight albums released on today's date 41 years ago. What's the significance of 41 years ago which would be 1970? Well...because it's the year I was born of course and I was among the hits released that year!

Cosmo's Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival was released on this day July 25,1970 and it contained several hits that you can hear any day on just about any rock or soft rock station.
"Lookin Out My Back Door" and "Who'll Stop the Rain" both of which went to #2 on the billboard 100.  The album went gold in December 1970 and four times platinum by 1990.  So you could say a few people liked it and bought it.  
The unsophisticated album artwork makes 1970 seem ancient but almost magical that this is what the world looked like back then.  

The price of this album in 1970 was $4-$5.  Today this same album in very good condition is about $8 on eBay and I would expect locally you could find it for at least $4.  That's pretty good value retention over 40 years!

Original album tracks
Side One
  1. Ramble Tamble
  2. Before Yo Accuse Me
  3. Travelin' Band
  4. Ooby Dooby
  5. Lookin Out My Back Door
  6. Run Through the Jungle
Side Two
  1. Up Around the Bend
  2. My Baby Left Me
  3. Who'll Stop the Rain
  4. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  5. Long as I Can See the Light

A few months ago I caught this CCR song in a movie that just happens to be the last song on side two of Cosmo's Factory. The mix of a behind the scenes glimpse into a newspaper being made works very well with this song.  Vinyl records seem to be making a comeback,but the newspaper has begun its journey of fading away a bit out of everyday existence. Sort of an interesting combo of media and their life cycles in our culture.

The song "Long As I Can See the Light" plays over the ending credits of the 2009 thriller State of Play.

Mike Smith, The Showbiz Kids

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