Oh lord, stuck in Lodi again

I think I've been putting off writing about today's album, Chronicle Volume 1, by Creedence Clearwater Revival because what can you really say about CCR? They're musical white bread. Everybody likes it and its a handy staple, but no one is passionate about white bread. Same with me and CCR.

There are some great CCR songs and I'm glad I have them. This album is a great way to pick up all those hits in one easy package. "Fortunate Son" and "Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" are songs everybody should own. I could do without the 11 minute version of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" though.

As far as I can tell, nobody owns Volume 2 of this collection. It's full of songs nobody's heard and only bills itself as "Twenty great CCR classics" as opposed to the "The 20 greatest hits." which would you get? Just get the one CD and consider yourself all stocked up on CCR.


I got another album from lala.com today. It was The Traveling Wilburys, Volume 1 (hey, another "volume" album). The mail sure is fun these days. Anyway, I thought I'd take a look at some of the stuff I've traded to see if you guys think I got a good deal.

So these trades aren't exactly this simple. They're not one for one, you just make a list of what you want and hope somebody wants to get rid of it. But if it was a straight up trade it would look like this:

Pieces of You by Jewel for Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair
New Found Glory by New Found Glory for Talking Heads '77 by Talking Heads
Before These Crowded Streets by The Dave Matthews Band for Back in Black by AC/DC
The Spirit Room by Michelle Branch for Trouble by Ray LaMontagne
Drunk Enough to Dance by Bowling For Soup for Incesticide by Nirvana

So what do you think? Any giant Jewel fans out there who are outraged that I would trade away such a great recording? It was pretty easy to get rid of a handful of albums but I could see myself getting pickier as time goes by. I guess I could just trade away the new stuff I get. Right now, though, I'm just going to listen to "You Shook Me All Night Long" over and over on Declan.


Trevor Record said...

CCR has become one of those bands that instantly make people think of the Viet Nam war. At least, that song "Fortunate Song", and a few others.

Eileen said...

I saw a story on John Fogerty that talked about that. I guess CCR was one of the few bands from that era that was willing to license songs for tv and movies and they did it cheap. So now, a CCR song is like cultural shorthand for "the '60s."

Summer said...

For me, this album equals a long drive... every time I had to be in my car for at least 4 hours, I had this cd with me... it helped me get through the plains of Texas while I sang along, as loudly as possible.

Anonymous said...

I think you made out like a bandit on LALA!

Nirvana, talkingheads, and ray Lamontagne!!

for some stuff you didn't want anymore!!

how can I get in?