As the good people at MetaFilter remind us, we are well into the 40th anniversary of the greatest single commercial and artistic year enjoyed by any rock band, anywhere, anytime. Creedence Clearwater Revival started 1969 with their second album, Bayou Country, then put out their third disc, Green River, in August. Their fourth, Willie and the Poor Boys (one of the short list of perfect rock and roll albums – even the filler is great), came out in November. Along the way they released a string of hit singles: “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Green River” and “Down on the Corner.” Three albums, four singles and not a clinker in the bunch. Can any band top that?
Blue Monday (Bayou Bonus)