When it comes to the great rock bands of the 60s and 70s, it’s never too late to discover something new. WWith the wealth of unique live performances from groups like Led Zeppelin or The Grateful Dead often recorded and lost for decades, studio albums are just the beginning.
The latest expanded live category used for a new compilation is Creedence Clearwater Revival – the group’s performance on April 14, 1970 at London’s Royal Albert Hall will be immortalized through a twelve track album and documentary. The show’s tapes have been lost for more than 50 years and have been “carefully restored” for the new rollout, according to a press release.
The movie component, titled Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall, is directed by Grammy award winner Bob Smeaton, who also co-directed The Beatles Anthology and Jimi Hendrix – Band Of Gypsies. Jeff Bridges talks about the documentary, which chronicles the formation of the group in El Cerrito, California through their rise to astronomical fame.
The meaning of the representation of the Albert Hall riof the as much on the CCR’s cemented status as one of the biggest bands in the world as on the changing tides in the music business of the time. The group took the stage in London just days after The Beatles announced their split…a closed door/open window scenario giving them a chance to prove something. With tracks such as ‘Born On The Bayou’, ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘Fortunate Son’, CCR showed their merits by receiving ‘a 15-minute standing ovation and rave reviews the next day in the UK’s top publications.”
A first track from the compilation is available today for the release of the album: the live version of “Fortunate Son.” Famous as the soundtrack to Forrest Gump’s introduction to Lieutenant Dan, the song has become an iconic counter-culture song and was popular among the anti-Vietnam war movement of the time.
While the documentary will be rolled out internationally on September 16, the album (available as a box set with the film) won’t be available until November 14. lost groups to do it, the wait is well worth it.