EXPERIENCE ROCK HISTORY!
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL – BAYOU COUNTRY – January 1969
Being a huge Walt Disney fan, my parents took me to Disneyland the first year it opened when I was five and a half and I went at least once a year up into my late teens. So when Disneyland opened the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride on March 18, 1967 I was absolutely stoked with the experience.
Especially cool was the ambiance of the ride before it even began. The literally cool and dark environment of a swampy bayou with fireflies and a full moon with wispy clouds crossing by it, the sound of crickets and of a banjo playing off in the distance, the warm glow coming from inside the weathered houseboats afloat in the swamp; it was the next best thing to being in an actual bayou swamp with all its mystery and spooky folklore.
Two years later the band Creedence Clearwater Revival would bring that same vibe to us all with their classic “Bayou Country” album with the blending of Rock and New Orleans swamp and Cajun mystique that was very alluring.
Being a longtime fan of the Occult, even though I was just discovering it, made the whole attraction of swamps, voodoo, magic and things dark and mysterious coupled with this new take on Rock really strike a connection to the Disneyland ride I loved so much and the fantasy and reality that all us Hippies were experiencing at the time. It was easy to let your imagination take you away back then; as we were allowing ourselves the freedom to do so.
So when that first track, “Born on the Bayou” with John Fogerty’s gravelly voice told the tale about growing up in a bayou environment, the Disney ride environment that was prominent in my mind at the time created an added benefit to those songs with a cool, mysterious edge. And then with “Bootleg” and “Graveyard Train” the trip just continued. And if that wasn’t enough, “Proud Mary” and “Keep On Chooglin'” kept “the ride” goin’!
- Side one
- Side two
- “Good Golly Miss Molly” – 2:44
- “Penthouse Pauper” – 3:39
- “Proud Mary“– 3:09
- “Keep on Chooglin‘” – 7:43