Friday, August 5, 2022

Creedence Clearwater Revival to release 1970 Royal Albert Hall concert and film

Creedence Clearwater Revival will release a pair of projects detailing their legendary 1970 show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The April 14, 1970 performance at the famed London venue – which took place just four days after The Beatles announced their breakup – saw the California band deliver hit after hit from three studio albums issued in less than a year: “Bayou Country”, “Green River” and “Willie And The Poor Boys”, and their self-titled 1968 debut.

Due September 16, “Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall” presents audio of the full concert. After spending roughly 50 years in storage, the original multitrack tapes were meticulously restored and mixed by the team of producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell.

The concert will be available in multiple formats, including 180-gram vinyl, CD, cassette tape, and via digital platforms including in hi-res and Dolby® ATMOS immersive audio formats.

The live recording will be released simultaneously alongside the documentary concert feature film, “Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall.”

Directed by Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology and Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys) and narrated by 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 will rollout internationally on September 16, with details announced soon.

On November 14, both the album and the film will be presented in a Super Deluxe Edition Box Set, available exclusively via The 2-LP/2-CD/1-Blu-ray collection includes “Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall” on two 45-RPM 180-gram vinyl LPs as well as on CD; a second CD features music from the film, including formative recordings from the band’s earliest incarnations (including Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets and the Golliwogs). While the Blu-ray offers the complete “Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall” film, plus the digital album in hi-res and Dolby ATMOS® immersive audio. Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide, each individually numbered set is housed in a 12” x 12” box, with embossed gold foil detail, and includes a reproduction of the original 1970 tour program, a 17” x 24” poster, and a 16-page booklet, featuring an excerpt from Bridges’ voice-over script, which offers background on the band’s path to the London show.

The group are previewing the album with audio of “Bad Moon Rising” from the 1970 show and a trailer for an unboxing video of the album.

CCR released seven albums (including three platinum ones in 1969 alone) and had a dozen US Top 40 hits before they disbanded in 1972; the group sold more than 26 million albums in the US alone and were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993.

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