It's fitting that the first single by Creedence Clearwater Revival to hit the radio was the group's cover of Louisiana-born Dale Hawkins' "Susie Q" because that swampy deep south sound was what Creedence's main man, the California-born John Fogerty, aimed for in his songs dealing with a mythic, half-dreamed American south, and in the process, Creedence Clearwater Revival ended up being perhaps the greatest singles band of the 1970s. This succinct collection has most of the group's essential tracks, including "Susie Q" (unfortunately not the superior, longer album version), "Born on the Bayou," the joyous "Down on the Corner," the poignant "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," and, of course, the ubiquitous "Proud Mary." There's more to the story, of course, but the basic outline of a great band is here.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett