Click here to view the “Proud Mary (at the Royal Albert Hall)” performance video
London, 12th September – Craft Recordings have recently announced the forthcoming release of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s legendary long-lost recording of their 1970 show at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which will be available for the first time ever in multiple formats (detailed below) as Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall. The live album is set for release on September 16th and is available now for pre-order. Coinciding with the album launch, a new documentary concert film, titled Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall, will be available for streaming on Netflix also beginning September 16 (in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, NZ, Latin America and Africa).
Everyman Cinemas have announced a very special one-night-only theatrical event run of screenings across the UK on Monday, September 12th. The film is screening as a highlight of the 2022 Everyman Music Film Festival. The event screenings up and down the country will be the only chance to see the film on the big screen in the UK, spaces are limited and are on sale now HERE.
Ahead of the upcoming release, CCR debuts the full live performance of their signature hit “Proud Mary.” The advance single is available now to stream or download. The video captures bandmates John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook teaming up on stage for one of their biggest hits, a song that became an instant classic and has been covered by countless artists to date, including Tina Turner, Tom Jones, James Bay and even the cast of “Glee.” “Proud Mary” originally started as a phrase without a home in Fogerty’s notebook. When he received his honorable-discharge papers in the mail in 1968, the song flowed right out of him. Peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in spring of 1969, “Proud Mary” became the first of five singles to reach No. 2 for the group. Watch the video now.
After spending roughly 50 years in storage, the original multitrack tapes were meticulously restored and mixed by the GRAMMY® Award-winning team of producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell, who have helmed countless acclaimed projects together, including the Beatles’ 50th-anniversary editions of Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as audio for the Elton John biopic Rocketman and Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back series. The LP was mastered by the celebrated engineer Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using half-speed technology for the highest-quality listening experience.
Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall will be released concurrently with the documentary concert feature film, Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall. Directed by two-time GRAMMY® Award winner Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology and Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies) and narrated by Academy Award®-winning actor Jeff Bridges, the film takes viewers from the band’s earliest years together in El Cerrito, CA through their meteoric rise to fame. Featuring a wealth of unseen footage, Travelin’ Band culminates with the band’s show at the Royal Albert Hall—marking the only concert footage of the original CCR lineup to be released in its entirety.
The film is a Craft Recordings, Concord Originals, and Marathan Films production and is produced by Sig Sigworth (R.E.M. by MTV), Jonathan Clyde (The Beatles: Get Back), Martin R. Smith (The Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Musical Revolution) and John Beug (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream). Concord’s Scott Pascucci (Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World), Bob Valentine and Concord Original’s Sophia Dilley (Billie) executive produce. Wesley Adams, Charles Hopkins, and Taylor Umphenour are serving as co-producers.
When Creedence Clearwater Revival stepped onto the Royal Albert Hall’s stage on April 14, 1970—just days after the Beatles announced their breakup—the California rockers had arguably just become the biggest band in the world. Leading up to the show, CCR had enjoyed an unprecedented “magical year,” as Jeff Bridges narrates in the film. “In only 12 months the band had achieved five Top 10 singles and three Top 10 albums [Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys] on the American charts, outselling the Beatles. They had appeared on the legendary Ed Sullivan Show and played to over a million people across America, including the hundreds of thousands gathered at Woodstock. ‘John, Tom, Stu, and Doug’ may not have had the familiar ring to it of ‘John, Paul, George, and Ringo,’ but Creedence were challenging the Beatles for the title of the biggest group in the world.” During their two-night sold-out residency at the iconic venue, CCR not only followed in the footsteps of acts like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles, but they proved they were equals.
While Creedence Clearwater Revival would go their separate ways just two years later, speculation around a live recording of that legendary concert began to permeate their fanbase in 1980. That same year, Fantasy Records had released a live album by the band, mistakenly titled The Royal Albert Hall Concert. It was quickly discovered that the audio was, in fact, from the Oakland Coliseum show, captured months earlier. While the label rushed to sticker the album with correctional information—and properly re-named the January 1970 performance as The Concert for later production runs—actual footage from the Royal Albert Hall remained the stuff of rock ’n’ roll lore…until now.
Click here to pre-order or pre-save Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall.
See Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall at Everyman Cinemas on Monday September 12th at the below locations:
Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall tracklist
1. Born on the Bayou
2. Green River
3. Tombstone Shadow
4. Travelin’ Band
5. Fortunate Son
7. Midnight Special
8. Bad Moon Rising
9. Proud Mary
10. The Night Time Is the Right Time
11. Good Golly Miss Molly
12. Keep on Chooglin’
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