Creedence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum (50th Anniversary Vinyl Edition)

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum (50th anniversary vinyl edition) (Craft Recordings)

This new version blows away my original copy

This vinyl resurgence is fun. Seeing records and record players return to the big box stores warms my heart. However, not all new vinyl is created equal. Some of it is just a hack job. Just like I wouldn’t recommend a $50 Crosley or Victrola turntable (they’ll eat your records, folks), there’s also vinyl records being produced that are nothing more than cash-grabs, quickly-produced with no attention to quality.

Thankfully, there’s companies like Craft Recordings that truly do care about their product.

The latest installment in their Creedence Clearwater Revival series is Pendulum, the band’s sixth, and last, truly great album.

In a side by side comparison with an original copy from my collection – there’s absolutely NO comparison.

This new version from Craft Recordings is superior in every way.

My earlier pressing is noisy between songs, while the new version is super quiet. But, that’s just the start. You can feel Stu Cooks’s bass on “Hey Tonight” pounding, and the jangly guitars are bright on “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.” On my original, Doug Clifford’s cymbals on “Molina” just rolled off – while here, they’re crisp and bright. The remastering really makes this music come to life, like never before.

The album is pressed on 180-gram, high quality vinyl, and the packaging faithfully reproduces the original gatefold cover in heavy-grade material.

The music on this record finds CCR stretching out. It’s their only album of all original compositions, and there was also an attempt to add new elements – sax, organ, piano, and tape loops, to try and freshen the band’s approach.

Unfortunately, this would be the band’s final triumph. Tom Fogerty would exit and the band would soldier through one final, albeit spotty, album, Mardi Gras, before calling it quits.

Pendulum is CCR’s last great album, and it sounds fantastic in this new release. —Tony Peters