On April 14, 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival– fresh off three Top 10 albums in less than a year – took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the first of two shows.
Now, more than 52 years later, the revered concert came cut the band will be released in its entirety for the first time on Concord’s Craft Recordings on Sept. 16.
The publication serves as an audio companion to Jeff Bridges-narrated documentary, Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall, which will be published on the same day. The film, directed by Bob Smeaton, follows the band from its roots in El Cerrito, California in the mid to late 60s through the Royal Albert Hall show. The documentary had previously been announced, but not the accompanying album.
Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall offers the classic CCR line-up of John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford and Stu Cook. The next year Tom Fogerty had left the band and in 1972 the group disbanded. The full 12-song performance now includes classics like “Fortunate Son,” “Proud Mary” and “Bad Moon Rising,” which premiere below.
Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall will be available on 180 gram vinyl, CD and cassette tape, while Walmart will offer a gray “Tombstone Shadow” vinyl and Target a “Green River” vinyl. In addition, the album will be available across digital platforms, including in high definition and Dolby ATMOS surround sound formats. Advance orders are open now.
The release is spearheaded by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell, who previously worked on the Beatles’ 50th anniversary editions of Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, among other projects restored and remixed the music from the original multi-track tapes. Engineer Miles Showell mastered the set at Abbey Road Studios.
Rumors of the recording have existed for decades – and according to the CCR story – Fantasy Records released a supposed live album from the 1980 Royal Albert Hall concert, but it was soon discovered that the released recording was actually from a 1970 show in Oakland, California The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena and master tape had been mislabeled. The album was reissued simply as The concert.
Two months after the initial releases, Craft will release a Super Deluxe Edition Box Set, a 2-LP/2-CD/1-Blu-ray collection that includes the concert on 180 gram vinyl and CD, as well as a second CD of additional music from the movie. Blu-Ray offers the entire film and album in high definition and Dolby Atmos. The set, which includes other extras, is limited to 5,000 copies worldwide.
Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall (CD) track list
1. Born on the Bayou
2. Green River
3. Tombstone shadow
4. Travelin’ Band
5. Happy son
7. Midnight Special
8. Bad Moon rising
9. Proud Mary
10. Night time is the right time
11. Good Golly Miss Molly
12. Keep Chooglin’