This 50th anniversary edition of Creedence Clearwater Revival's fourth studio album, originally released in 1969, is pressed on 180g vinyl mastered at half-speed for optimum audio quality by award-winning engineer Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios in London. The release marks the first time the album has been available as a half-speed master individually; it was previously only part of CCR's 7LP Studio Album Collections box set.
Willy And The Poor Boys was released just three months after Green River, in November, to great critical and commercial approval. It featured the powerful anti-Vietnam message song "Fortunate Son" as well as familiar Creedence staples such as "Down On The Corner", "It Came Out Of The Sky" and "Midnight Special". The LP reached No. 3 on the Billboard album chart.
Mastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, Willy And The Poor Boys benefits from an exacting process that allows for an exceptional level of sonic clarity and punch, bringing these classic recordings a new vibrancy. This 180-gram LP comes housed in a handsome tip-on jacket replicating the packaging of the original pressing.
Getting in under the gold anniversary wire, Craft Recordings has cut new vinyl editions of the final two CCR albums of '69, using hi-res transfers of the original analog tapes and mastered/cut at half-speed. The resulting LPs are loud and precise, with a lot of open space filled up comfortably with the liquid grooves of rhythm section of Doug Clifford and Stu Cook. These new versions are also a new chance for young listeners to fully appreciate how CCR slipped between stations, with elements of country, R&B, pure blues and firebrand rock playing through each one.
- 50th Anniversary
- 180g Vinyl
- Half-Speed Mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios
- Available as a stand-alone half-speed master LP for the first time
- Handsome tip-on jacket replicating original packaging
- Made in Germany
- Down On The Corner
- It Came Out Of The Sky
- Cotton Fields
- Poorboy Shuffle
- Feelin' Blue
- Fortunate Son
- Don't Look Now (It Ain't You Or Me)
- The Midnight Special
- Side O' The Road