'I Put a Spell on You'
Title: “Creedence Clearwater Revival”
Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Release date: 1968
Favorite track: “I Put a Spell on You”
I chose this record for an obvious reason.
As Halloween nears, I wanted to feature an album with the song “I Put a Spell on You.”
Tim Willi, the owner of Fort Walton Beach Vintage Records, helped me sift through artists to find a version of this song. Low and behold, Creedence Clearwater Revival.
This song always puts me in the spooky mood. It’s one of my favorite holiday songs, right alongside “Monster Mash,” which I featured in my 2017 Halloween column.
The song — originally written by Jalacy Hawkins — has been covered by many musicians. Among my favorite cover versions are the ones from Nina Simone, Marilyn Manson, Bette Midler and Van Morrison. I even love Annie Lenox’s version featured in the 2015 movie “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Now, I can add Creedence Clearwater Revival’s version to the list. Willi played this for me in the record shop, and I knew I had to own the band’ debut album.
I’m not a CCR fan, but I’m glad this song inspired me to add this album to my collection. The psychedelic, bluesy rock featured in “Creedence Clearwater Revival” is excellent.
“I Put a Spell on You” is a sultry song that emanates feelings of power and possession. This theme translates flawlessly in Creedence Clearwater Revival’s version.
I put a spell on you
Because you’re mine
— “I Put a Spell on You”
John Fogerty’s passionate, gravelly voice gives this song a whole lot of soul. I also feel entranced with wailing of the guitar. This is a bewitching version to listen to for Halloween.
“The Working Man” is a classic 1960s rock song for the blue collar worker. It’s a bluesy track that reflects the era.
“Susie Q” is a long song, clocking in at more than eight minutes. It definitely has jam band vibes, but I dig it. This song was one of the band’s first hits.
The fast tempo of this record held my attention.
I’m certainly a fan of Fogerty’s vocals, but I had to skip “Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do) the second time around. His gruff yell was a bit overwhelming for me in that track specifically.
“Gloomy” is more experimental than the rest. I like the repetitive melody.
Some people laugh in the dark,
Some people cry alone.
Some people talk without sayin’ a thing,
And everything turns out gloomy.
The bright blue and green album cover is exactly what you would expect from Creedence Clearwater Revival — a little bit of fantasy and a little bit of realism.