Last year, the audiophile community was raving about the excellent half-speed mastered 50th anniversary editions of Creedence Clearwater Revival's classic swamp-rock albums which had arrived in the form of a lavish 7-LP box. Now, Craft Recordings has announced a standalone edition of the band's influential Cosmo's Factory pressed on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl and half-speed mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell using high-resolution transfers of the original analog tapes. This break-out edition will hit shelves on August 14.
Originally released in July 1970, Cosmo's Factory was the band's fifth album in just two years, and while that pace could have worn other bands out, there's no shortage of excellent, inspired material here. There's the country-tinged "Lookin' Out My Back Door," the swampy "Run Through the Jungle," and the folk-rock anthem "Who'll Stop the Rain." Other favorites include the Little Richard tribute "Travelin' Band" and the ever-catchy "Up Around the Bend." These singles hit the Billboard Top 5 in 1970 and remain mainstays on the radio fifty years on.
The standalone Cosmo's Factory is due August 14 and is available to pre-order now! You'll find Amazon links below, along with a link to order from your local record shop. In addition, Vinyl Me Please has announced a limited edition blue vinyl pressing of the album, available exclusively to subscribers. If that's not enough, Craft Recordings is also offering an array of media-and-merch bundles.
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cosmo's Factory (originally released as Fantasy LP 8402, 1970; half-speed mastered edition appeared in Craft/Fantasy box The Studio Albums Collection -- standalone reissue as Craft Recordings 888072048645, 2020)
- Ramble Tamble
- Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself)
- Travelin' Band
- Ooby Dooby
- Lookin' Out My Back Door
- Run Through The Jungle
- Up Around The Bend
- My Baby Left Me
- Who'll Stop The Rain
- I Heard It Through The Grapevine
- Long As I Can See The Light