Creedence Clearwater Revival Shares ‘Proud Mary’ From ‘Live At Woodstock’
On August 2, Creedence Clearwater Revival will release Live At Woodstock, which captures the pioneering rock act’s performance at the iconic 1969 festival. The band previewed the forthcoming collection with the release of the set’s live take on “Proud Mary,” which was premiered via Billboard.
CCR’s upcoming live album is 50 years in the making. Over the last half-century, the band has been hesitant to allow their inclusion in various compilation albums and documentaries, citing that their Woodstock performance isn’t their best. As John Fogerty explained to Billboard:
We weren’t in the movie on purpose. … Nobody really understood what the movie would be. The track they wanted to use was “Bad Moon Rising”; I just didn’t feel it was our best work. At that point in time, Creedence was the No. 1 band in the world. I felt like, “Why go backwards?”
Over time there had been so many requests — probably 10 years after Woodstock, and then the 20th anniversary and so on … Maybe around the late ’80s I began to think that, historically, it is what it is. It doesn’t matter if it’s well done or not well done, it became more a fact of history. Therefore nobody was hurt by it. It was just history.
However, select cuts from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Woodstock set have appeared on various anniversary boxsets within the last decade, including 2009’s Woodstock 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm and this year’s Woodstock Back to the Garden — 50th Anniversary Experience. However, Live At Woodstock will be the first collection to include the group’s entire 11-song set. In addition to the now-released “Proud Mary,” the live album includes takes on “Green River,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “I Put A Spell On You,” “Keep On Chooglin'” and “Suzie Q.”
Read the full interview with John Fogerty and other CCR members on their experiences with Woodstock via Billboard. Plus, hear Creedence Clearwater Revival’s newly released, four-minute take on “Proud Mary” at Woodstock below: