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- Doug Clifford
-- drums, percussion
Ridge Rangers (John Fogerty)
- Ruby (Tom Fogerty)
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Title: The Golliwogs
Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+
Country/State: Oakland, California
Comments: minor edge and corner wear; creased top right corner; original inner sleeve
Catalog ID: 5315
Having recorded three early-'60s singles as Tom Fogerty and the Blue Velvets, in 1963 namesake Tom Fogerty took a day job as a shipping clerk with San Francisco based Fantasy Records. Fogerty's "connections" led to an audition with Fantasy, which subsequently signed the band to a contract. Persuaded to adopt a more 'English' sounding name, the group (Fogerty, brother John, bassist Stu Clifford and drummer Doug Clifford) opted for The Visions. Ironically, unknown to the quartet, their 1964 debut 'Don't Tell Me No Lies' was released credited to The Golliwogs (Fantasy executives apparently having decided the name was even more English sounding).
- 1964's 'Don't Tell Me No Lies'
b/w 'Little Girl, Does Your Mama Know? (Fantasy catalog number 590)
1.) Don't Tell Me No Lies (John Fogerty - Tom Fogerty) - 1:55 rating: *** stars
'Don't Tell Me No Lies
' was their 1964 debut or Fantasy. With Tom
handling lead vocals the song had a very British Invasion sound. Not
the most original tune you've ever heard, but their enthusiasm was kind of
endearing and it was nice to hear Tom on lead vocals.
of an Everly Brothers feeling going on with this one. John's
slinky blues guitar solos provided the highlights.
To be honest, the ballad 'Where You Been' was plodding and predictable; hardly their creative zenith.
4.) You Came Walking (John Fogerty - Tom Fogerty) - 1:50 rating: **** stars
Interesting effort that sounded like they were trying for a mash-up of surf music, The Beach Boys, and something out of The Beatles catalog. Again, it wasn't all that original but John showed off some nice fuzz guitar solos and Doug Clifford got a chance to showcase his frenetic percussion work. Shame it wasn't a little longer. It was tapped as their second single:
- 1965's 'Where You Been' b/w 'You Came Walking' (Fantasy catalog number 597)
5.) You Can't Be True (John Fogerty - Tom Fogerty) - 2:40 rating: **** stars
With John handling lead vocals, it was Interesting to hear how the whole dynamic changed. His voice didn't sound all that different from Tom's, but he had that "it" factor. 'You Can't Be True' was a slinky blues number with some killer harmonica kicking it along. The group's third single for Fantasy:
- 1965's 'You Can't Be True' b/w 'You Got Nothin' on Me' (Fantasy catalog number 599)
6.) You Got Nothin' On Me (John Fogerty - Tom Fogerty) - 2:10 rating: ** stars
studio chatter wasn't really necessary and the song itself was little more
than a blatant copy of Chuck Berry's 'Roll Over Beethoven'.
They were lucky to not have been sued for plagiarism.
The band at their garage rock best and if you think it sounds suspiciously like Van Morrison and Them's 'Gloria', note it was released a year before Van and company had their hit. You can start to hear the CCR sound on this one. It was also tapped as their debut for The Fantasy-affiliated Scorpio label.
- 1965's 'Brown-Eyed Girl' b/w 'You Better Be Careful' (Scorpio catalog number 404)
1.) You Better Be Careful (John Fogerty - Tom Fogerty) - 2:20 rating: *** stars
it's just my ears, but kicked along by Stu Cook's rumbling bass line and
the Farifsa organ solo, 'You Better Be Careful' has always reminded me a
bit of The Zombies' 'She's Not There'.
'Fight Fire' was a killer garage rocker with Tom and John sharing lead vocals. Bolstered by some instantly recognizable guitar, it was another track that introduced some of their signature CCR sound. Released as a single, this one should have given them a hit:
1966's 'Fight Fire' b/w 'Fragiel Child' (Scorpio catalog number 408)
tune with the Fogertys sharing lead vocals. Their voices sound
very similar, but having listened to this one dozens of times I
think it's Tom on the first verse and John on the second. Musically
'Fragile Child' was a surprisingly pleasing slice of folk-rock that
showcased their sweet harmony vocals. It appeared as the 'B'
side to the 'Fight Fire' single.
With John on lead vocals and plenty of fuzz guitar, 'Walking On the Water' finally unveiled the soon to be patented CCR sound. While the band never really embraced psychedelia, the song's dark, ominous feel and strange guitar sound (it sounded like an early synthesizer, but was apparently John playing through some sort of effect - maybe a Fender tremolo), came close to lysergic territory. This one should have been a massive hit for the band. One of the album's highlights. The band re-recorded the song for their debut "Creedence Clearwater Revival" LP, dropping the psych flavor for a longer, more swamp-rock feel.
1967's 'Walking on Water' b/w 'You Better Get It-Before It Get's You'
(Scorpio catalog number 408)
taking a stab at a country-tinged tune. Not particularly
commercial, but I always loved the fuzz guitar and the way he roughed up
his voice on this one.
Goodbye Golliwogs, hello CCR !!! One of their best performance, though few folks have ever heard it. John's voice was instantly recognizable on this chuggin' rocker with some of his most melodic guitar work. The song was released as both a Golliwogs 45 and then as CCR's debut single:
- 1967's 'Porterville' b/w 'Call It Pretending' (Scorpio catalog 412)
7.) Call It Pretending (John Fogerty - Tom Fogerty - Stu Cook - Doug Clifford) - 2:10 rating: **** stars
Fogerty and company dipping their creative toes into the Motown pool ... A little Levi Stubbs and Four Tops in the mix ? I have to admit I love this one. Fogerty's gravelly voice was perfect for Motown stuff and the chirping backing vocals were lovely. The song appeared as the 'B' side on their 'Porterville' single.
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