This an unusually good sounding copy of CCR’s debut boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
The sound is big and rich with a punchy bottom, perfect for swamp rockers like I Put a Spell on You and Susie Q
A tough album to find with sound and surfaces as good as these – not as many copies qualify to make it to the site as we would like
4 stars: “…the band’s sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp.
It’s unlikely you will be demonstrating your system with this record, but you may find yourself enjoying the hell out of it for what it is — a prime example of a Roots Rock ‘n’ Roll album that sounds RIGHT, with music that still holds up today.
Good luck finding a copy of this album with even one side that sounds this good. Most copies are grainy, murky, and veiled. It took a good-sized stack of copies to find any that had bottom end weight, midrange presence, freedom from grain (mostly) and real energy.(more…)
Most copies of this album do not have a boosted bottom or top, which means that at normal listening levels — depending on how you define that term — they can sound pretty flat. This is one album that needs to be turned up, obviously not to the levels of a live rock concert, but up about as loud as you can until you can get the bass and the highs to come out. We found ourselves adding more and more level in order to get the sound to come to life, and it was playing pretty loud before the sound was right.
But it’s SO GOOD when it’s loud. Why the hell would you not want to crank it up and ROCK OUT?(more…)