Craft Recordings' 180g Vinyl LP of Doug "Cosmo" Clifford Remastered by the Artist and Housed in a Tip-On Jacket: Drummer's Solo Effort Features Donald "Duck" Dunn, Tower of Power Horns
Doug Clifford is best known as the powerhouse drummer for legendary American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. Clifford's signature simple grooves and impeccable timing, as heard on CCR hits including "Fortunate Son," "Born on the Bayou" and "Who'll Stop the Rain," have proven to be timeless and influential on future generations of Americana and roots rock drummers. In 1972, Clifford recorded Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, his first and only solo outing and a fascinating artifact from the end of the Creedence era. The 11-track outing includes eight originals that range from country-infused R&B ("Take a Train") to Latin rock (the aptly titled "Latin Music") to CCR-style rockers ("Get Your Raise"). It also features rollicking covers of the Lovin' Spoonful ("Daydream"), Doug Sahm ("She's About a Mover"), and the Spencer Davis Group ("I'm a Man").
Joining Clifford are Stu Cook on rhythm guitar, legendary sideman and Stax musician Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass, John McFee on lead guitar, background vocals from the Walter Hawkins Singers, and the Tower of Power horn section. "Making this record was a blast, because it was a superstar line-up," recalls Clifford. "It was a collaboration to a large degree, I told everyone that I was open to any ideas they might have. That got everybody involved in the process. The camaraderie was great, there was no pressure and that got the best performances from everyone. We cut everything live so when the horns were playing we were a 10-piece band!" Clifford's rockabilly-style vocals imbue the songs with a nostalgic flair.
Available for the first time in more than 40 years, this album is newly remastered by Clifford himself, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and housed in an old-school, tip-on jacket.