Bayou Country (1969)
Those Distant Water-Colored Memories…

A lot of what gets posted here is just a reflection of what I’m listening to at the time. Whether it’s from the shelf or something found on the web, writing about it and posting it gives me an opportunity to study the music without having to stare at a 5″ CD cover, which, as we all know, is totally ungratifying. Enter CCR’s Bayou Country, which I haven’t listened to since well into last century, despite its personal prominence. My older brother had this one on 8-track in his ’57 Chevy and, while it was far from the first album to move me, it was the first album to move me to save enough allowance money ($5.50) to go to my first real concert – Creedence Clearwater Revival, with John Mayall’s Turning Point (more about that HERE) and, playing only acoustic guitar, 50s great, Dion. It must say something about my sensibilities that I hardly remember CCR (I was barely a teen… and sober), but distinctly remember John Mayall, who I’d only heard of at that time. Regardless, this album remains a favorite from my youth, even if it was sitting on my shelf… unopened, which is what prompted a revisit and this post in the first place. Now re-upped using the 40th Anniversary Edition with bonus tracks. Find it at Amazon, HERE. Ahhh… memories. If I only had some.

Born On The Bayou (5:16)
Bootleg (3:02)
Graveyard Train (8:39)
Good Golly Miss Molly (2:43)
Penthouse Pauper (3:41)
Proud Mary (3:09)
Keep On Chooglin’ (7:40)
Bootleg (5:48) – Bonus Track
Born On The Bayou (4:48) – Bonus Track
Proud Mary (2:51) – Bonus Track
Crazy Otto (8:48) – Bonus Track


  • Willard
    January 9, 2013 - 11:30 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Joe
    January 9, 2013 - 12:45 | Permalink

    Classic album – thanks for the share!

  • snakeboy
    January 9, 2013 - 17:54 | Permalink

    Man, those memories do come rushing back! Thanks.

    • Willard
      January 10, 2013 - 00:40 | Permalink

      Use ’em if you got ’em.

  • January 9, 2013 - 19:04 | Permalink

    Much tasty track here. I will just have to dust myself off and blast this album on the ol’ headphones.

    Forever thankful

    • Willard
      January 10, 2013 - 00:39 | Permalink

      Even if it’s only once a decade it’s always a fun revisit.

  • Duncan Walls
    January 9, 2013 - 19:12 | Permalink

    What I recall of this era is that I was still deep into 45s even though I did hav e 8 Tracks and LPs. But I was already haunting the cheapo bins at the local discount department stores scoring the Atlantic Beach Music Compilations and the early 60s Mercury Record Comps of 50s R&B. I DID have every Creedence 45 released and was amazed even then how consistent they were because every B-Side was just as powerful as the A-side. I mean, Jesus, ‘Proud Mary’ b/w ‘Born On The Bayou’ ‘Green River b/w ‘Lodi’! How could you top that? Jukebox ready… When I went to Woodstock one of my fondest memory is of the opening notes of ‘Green River’ striking the crowd and them going wild. It was the #1 song in the nation at the time and they WEREN’T considered the hippest band at the time by any means due to their commercial success…but they really were!

    • Willard
      January 10, 2013 - 00:39 | Permalink

      Green River was the first LP by them I bought. Man what a good record. Dumb that they balked at being represented in the Woodstock movie and soundtrack.

  • julio
    January 9, 2013 - 20:09 | Permalink


    Thanks a lot. A refreshing flashback. They´re at the Olympus of the soundtrack of my life. I remember…

    Thanks again.

    Julio, from Montevideo, Uruguay, South America.

    • Willard
      January 10, 2013 - 00:38 | Permalink

      Thanks for stopping by Julio.

  • A. Ducko
    January 10, 2013 - 03:03 | Permalink

    Many thanks, once again, Willard. Creedence became the bedrock of AM radio in the late Sixties, bridging the way for the FM Seventies & beyond, yet they never lost their groove until the bitter end. They were the masters of the 45 single, but their albums could nail you in your bean bag chair with no difficulty, whatsoever. Primal back porch music with one foot in the water and one hand on the bong.

  • Balzac
    January 10, 2013 - 03:11 | Permalink

    My brother bought me this album for my 12th birthday in 1969 a few weeks after it was released. I’d not heard of them, and my record collection at the time was all Beatles and one Kinks album. I remember I thought Graveyard Train was the spookiest song I’d ever heard, or as Fogerty would say, “Hoid”.

    It still takes me back to my old room and cheap stereo every time I hear it.

  • Duncan Walls
    January 10, 2013 - 08:48 | Permalink

    There is a boot of them at Woodstock.

    • Willard
      January 10, 2013 - 12:13 | Permalink

      Yeah… I think they might be even officially be on some of the later box set reissues, too. Maybe not.

  • jbull49
    January 10, 2013 - 20:49 | Permalink

    Thanks for the reminder–of younger days with my Dad (a big CCR fan, always) and my friend’s cottage, where we had only one tape, a CCR best of, that we played over and over all weekend.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    January 10, 2013 - 21:22 | Permalink

    There was about a year and a half they were the absolute shit. The methadone for the Beatles junkie after the breakup. This does not sound at all dated, since they were old-fashioned to begin with. I wish bands like The Alabama Shakes, or even The Black Keys, were half as good.

  • Sean
    January 13, 2013 - 10:21 | Permalink

    What I remember of CCR was as a kid in the mid-70s, hanging out with my friend at his dad’s auto body shop and hearing 8 tracks of them and this other group I was vaguely aware of called The Beatles. Always liked the Beatles but even then Creedence sounded dated to my ears.

    I know some people are wild about American “roots rock”, but I feel that The Clash’s London Calling is the pinnacle of ALL roots rock, and will never be/was never bettered.

  • December 10, 2015 - 04:17 | Permalink

    This was the first CCR vinyl I bought. I went with a school friend to a record store where you could listen to albums in a booth before buying them. My friend and I listened to Bayou Country and Gilded Palace of Sin (the first Burritos album). I bought the Burritos and my friend bought the CCR. But a week later I went back to the store and bought the CCR as well. (I also bought another copy of ‘Gilded Palace’ to give my brother.) I still listen to these albums at least once a month.

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