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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:38

Summer night soundtracks: 'Chronicle, Vol. 1' by Creedence Clearwater Revival + Video

Summer night soundtracks: 'Chronicle, Vol. 1' by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Written by Matt Stuttler

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Rope-swinging and drunk night swimming had to be what Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Chronicle, Vol. 1" was compiled for. A greatest hits collection that really does stand up to its claim, the album is sweating with the steamiest swamp rock ever put to tape.

The summer between my junior and senior year of college was extensively soundtracked by "Chronicle." I was renting a house with a couple other friends who were staying in town for the summer to work, and we had decided to save costs by leaving the air conditioning off. This meant that sitting on the back porch was actually cooler than sitting inside, which led me to really connect with "Lookin' Out My Back Door." Listening to "Fortunate Son" in a car crammed with six or more people on the way to the lake was the perfect release to the hot summer day that preceded.

Lick after lick, and lyric after lyric about rivers and cool water, CCR stood as a positive vibe to the sweltering heat. There are no better tunes for summer night thunderstorms than "Who'll Stop the Rain" and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" More laid back and contemplative than the more rock 'n' roll songs on the album, I liked to envisioned CCR doing a medicine man-like dance to bring cooling rains. And if that doesn't work, "Down on the Corner" and "Up Around the Bend" are tailor-made for drinking Stag in a cool basement and singing along.

Given the extensive amount of plays I gave "Chronicle" that summer, CCR will forever be tied to my last summer of collegiate bliss before entering the real word. Revisiting the album now instills a longing for a muddy lake to jump in and for the cheap beer that awaits in the shade.

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