Who plays what instruments on Creedence Mardi Gras

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  1. 905

    905 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Is it correct that only Stu and Doug play on their songs (Stu playing guitar)... but is it all three on the songs John Fogerty sang... I am sure its all three on Sweet Hitchhiker but want to make sure.
     
  2. 905

    905 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I did a little research and found out Sweet Hitchhiker was recorded earlier as a single... but I am still curious if they recorded as a trio for this album.
     
  3. John Carsell

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    If forum member Russ Gary (one of CCR's engineers) would chime in, he could provide some insight.

    There was something written about this in the Creedence book "Bad Moon Rising." Someone did say that John Fogerty did play on Doug and Stu's songs.

    "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" and "Door To Door" were recorded by CCR as a trio much earlier than the rest of the Mardi Gras album for release a single in the spring of '71. This was after Tom Fogerty left the band.
     
  4. 905

    905 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Thanks, my library has that Creedence book.
     
  5. John Carsell

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    Highly recommended reading.
     
  6. Russ Gary

    Russ Gary Engineering Legend

    John,

    "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" and "Door To Door" were recorded by CCR as a trio at Wally Heiders in San Francisco. It was the first and final recording date as a trio at Heiders. The remainder of the album was recorded in Fantasy's new Studio A after the European tour.

    Fogerty played guitar on the tracking sessions of all of Clifford and Cook's tunes released on Mardi Gras. He also overdubbed solo work on some of C & C's tunes. The mixing sessions were held at Heiders.
     
  7. Mike D'Aversa

    Mike D'Aversa Forum Resident

    Wow, that's a lot more involvement than I was previously led to believe! It still amazes the extent to which passage of time can distort fact...
     
  8. reechie

    reechie Well-Known Member

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    Hey, my name's in that book! I gave the author a magazine article he didn't have. :D
     
  9. Russ Gary

    Russ Gary Engineering Legend

    After re-thinking my statement re: Who played the instruments on Mardi Gras, it's probable that Fogerty played the solos during the tracking sessions, not as overdubs. However, he did play on all of the tracking sessions. I apologize for the confusion, it was a painful time.
     
  10. 905

    905 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I just read the CCR book, it was excellent. I owned Chronicles for years, but just recently bought the "wood" box set (the local music store had a copy). I am amazed at how good CCR was. Somehow people assume Chronicles is all you need. Its just the beginning, how many people are missing out on Ramble Tamble?
     
  11. Mike D'Aversa

    Mike D'Aversa Forum Resident

    Plus, even though that box is derided here, it's still a hell of a lot better than the Chronicle cd. That thing uses God knows what generation tapes...

    If you REALLY get into them, you might want to consider getting Steve's AF SACD's...they're apparently that impressive!
     
  12. rstamberg

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    You know, even though I realize it's Creedence's weakest album, I love MARDI GRAS, personally. It sure weirded me out when it came out, though, even though I knew they were a trio and had, in fact, bought the "Sweet Hich Hiker"/"Door to Door" single the previous summer.
     
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  13. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

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    :agree: Yes they are indeed that good Mike. I couldn't imagine CCR without Steve's incredible mastering now. An absolute must if you're a CCR fan IMO.
     
  14. ubsman

    ubsman Active Member

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    Weak? No way. This was the first CCR SACD I purchased. I even put in a request to have this title issued on SACD and was sent an email after they decided to do it, so bought it immediately when it became available. I've since bought two others (CCR and Green River).

    Has Tom Fogerty's Goodbye Media Man ever come out on CD? For some odd reason I never bought that on vinyl when it came out. Maybe because I had taped it off KNX-FM.
     
  15. rstamberg

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  16. Mike D'Aversa

    Mike D'Aversa Forum Resident

    Well, I would certainly agree it's their weakest. CCR without Tom Fogerty should have been rebilled as "John Fogerty and/with/featuring CCR" IMO...
     
  17. reechie

    reechie Well-Known Member

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    But Mardi Gras hardly features Fogerty.
     
  18. Mike D'Aversa

    Mike D'Aversa Forum Resident

    You mean John? Yeah, but that's the only guy people bought the album for. Did anyone really want to hear the Stu/Doug songs? At least Tom Fogerty had SOME ability to write material.

    Plus, I don't know if you've read earlier in the thread, but it turns out that John contributed more to the album than Stu or Doug admitted...
     
  19. voicebug

    voicebug Forum Resident

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    Didn't Mason Reese play all the instruments on Mardi Gras?? :p
     
  20. Russ Gary

    Russ Gary Engineering Legend

    It's good that some of you are saying positive things about Tom Fogerty. He was a gentleman and a great friend. I produced two albums for him and I miss him.
     
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  21. Steve Hoffman

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    As do I.
     
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  22. Russ Gary

    Russ Gary Engineering Legend

    Good Choice! During the period when the Cosmo's Factory album was recorded, San Francisco based bands performed extended jams on lots of recordings. Right up there with CCR's "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "Ramble Tamble" is my favorite CCR "jam" song.
     
  23. heaudio

    heaudio New Member

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    It's always been one of my favorites, too. A rare Creedence foray into psychedelia.......
     
  24. 905

    905 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Creedence is now my favorite American group.
     
  25. Mike D'Aversa

    Mike D'Aversa Forum Resident

    Eh, they're ok.

    If they were really any good, though, you would have thought they'd have at least had one hit song... ;)
     
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