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Number 4

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Up Around the Bend (Liberty LBF15354 - 1970)

I don't know why the American rock and roll band Creedence Clearwater Revival meant so much to me in the late 1960s whilst I was at school, but my little square orange singles box had more CCR singles on the vivid blue Liberty label, than any other artist at the time. Written by John Fogerty, Up Around the Bend has a memorable high-pitched guitar riff, which permeates throughout the three-minute song and goes hand in glove with Fogerty’s trademark sneering vocals. The lyrics seem to suggest a 'calling on' song, where Fogerty beckons the listener to join him at the end of the highway, in the woods rather than the city, another early 1970s song suggesting the 'back to the garden' myth. The song was also included on the band’s fourth studio LP Cosmo's Factory as did the flip side Run through the Jungle.