Creedence Clearwater Revival founding members and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford have been on quite a ride. 45 years ago, Creedence Clearwater Revival headlined the Saturday night slot at the legendary Woodstock Music Festival. Also that year, 3 Creedence Clearwater Revival albums simultaneously perched in the top 10 of the rock music charts and the group had 4 top 3 singles.
The accolades keep coming. Earlier in 2014, The Recording Academy® recognized Stu and Cosmo’s work in Creedence Clearwater Revival by inducting the album Cosmo’s Factory recordings into the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame and Creedence Clearwater Revival ’s 1969 recording “Fortunate Son” was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
Following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cosmo and Stu launched their Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995, to once again perform live in concert the hit songs—touchstones of a generation. Since then, the legendary rhythm section has been thrilled by the outpouring of affection for their new band. World tours and the platinum certified album Recollection followed. The astounding response to the band has been driven in part by new generations of fans that, as Cosmo says, “weren’t even born when the music came out.”
“rhythm section, Doug Clifford’s drums and Stu Cook’s bass that is a hallmark of Creedence Clearwater Revival.”
As udiscovermusic.com recently commented, it is the “rhythm section, Doug Clifford’s drums and Stu Cook’s bass that is a hallmark of Creedence Clearwater Revival.” Rest assured, the boys did not take assembling the rest of the new group’s players lightly. “In the beginning, Cosmo and I decided that if we could find the musicians that could capture the sound and recreate what the music was about, we’d do it,” recalls Stu. As fans around the world can attest, Stu and Cosmo found the right players. Lead singer/rhythm guitar player, John Tristao, a powerful tenor with energy and charm that motors the classic songs, initially rose to prominence as lead singer for the band People when their hit “I Love You” bulleted into the top ten. The newest touring member of Creedence Clearwater Revisited is lead guitarist, Kurt Griffey. As a guitarist, song writer, producer and performer, Griffey has recorded and toured with notable groups including members of the Eagles, Foreigner, the Moody Blues, Wings, Lynyrd Skynryd, Santana and Journey. Talented multi-instrumentalist, Steve Gunner, rounds out the group. As Cosmo puts it, “Gunn provides live all the overdubs that were on the records—keyboard, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica and the high harmonies.”
In 2013, Classic Rock Revisited critic Jeb Wright wrote about a Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert he attended. “The true test of any concert is how the music makes you feel. On this night, this writer walked away with a wonderful feeling, having just witnessed timeless, historical music, performed to perfection. Creedence Clearwater Revisited not only looks to the past, performing iconic songs, they bring them to the modern day, reminding us all of the true importance of this music.”
Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Universal’s Hip-O Records are proud to announce the reissue of the live double CD, RECOLLECTION.
RECOLLECTION features new live versions of many of the all time great Creedence Clearwater Revival hits and was recorded during one of the numerous powerhouse shows Revisited has performed since 1995. These were the first recordings of Creedence Clearwater Revival music released in over 20 years by any of the legendary group’s former members.
RECOLLECTION was recorded in western Canada, the result of numerous requests from Revisited fans to make a CD available. “It would never fail at shows that people would ask if we had a CD,” says Clifford, “RECOLLECTION is really a response to that demand.”
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s distinctive swamp rock went against the grain of the ’60s psychedelic San Francisco and won a worldwide following and numerous gold and multi-platinum singles and albums. It was rebellious, sometimes militant rock, co-opted into three minute radio gems that remain a rock radio and movie soundtrack staple.
After Creedence Clearwater Revival disbanded in 1972, Cook and Clifford — who had played together since junior high — remained close. They formed a production company together before heading off for separate musical projects, Clifford playing with the renowned Sir Douglas Quintet and Cook joining with a few former Doobie Brothers in the pioneering country-rock band Southern Pacific. When those projects ended, Cosmo and Stu hooked up again. Realizing both missed playing live Creedence music that had been lying dormant — with ex-bandmate John Fogerty previously calling for a boycott of and refusing to publicly perform Creedence Clearwater Revival music — Doug and Stu decided to put together their own band to perform the songs in concert.
Since then, Revisited has been playing classics like “Susie Q,” “Lodi,” “Proud Mary,” “Down On The Corner,” “Fortunate Son” and “Who’ll Stop The Rain” throughout North America, South America, New Zealand, Europe and Asia and many maintain is tighter than even Creedence Clearwater was. Revisited’s natural feel for this timeless music is evident on RECOLLECTION, which is an exciting and satisfying new chapter in this legacy.
“The music strikes the right chords with a cross section of listener. It is the music of the Vietnam era, high school dances, biker rides, baseball games, love found, love lost, rebellion…and eternal youth… “Revisited” works, not only because it has two of the original CCR pieces in place and thus, directly connected to history, but it works because it captures a slice of time.” ~Laughlin Entertainer
Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, Stu Cook and Creedence Clearwater Revisited are pleased to lend their support to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International which has included the band’s version of the Chuck Berry Christmas classic “Run Rudolph Run” on JDRF’s CD “Hope For The Holidays.” The CD is a charitable album to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and also features tracks recorded by Collective Soul, Weezer, The Beach Boys, Jon Anderson of Yes, and others. Please visit www.holidayhope.net for details.