Ex-CCR Member's 1972 Album Features Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders: Craft's 180g Vinyl LP of Tom Fogerty's Excalibur Cut from the Original Analog Masters and Housed in a Tip-On Jacket
Chiefly remembered as the rhythm guitarist and background vocalist for Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Fogerty (1941 – 1990) was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. He signed his first record deal at age 18 as frontman for a short-lived rock group called Spider Webb and the Insects (featuring Jeremy Levine of the Seeds). By the early '60s, Fogerty had formed a group with his younger brother, John, plus bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford; first performing as the Blue Velvets and later the Golliwogs before solidifying as CCR in 1968. He left Creedence in early 1971, about a year before the group disbanded, and set out on a solo career.
Excalibur is his second solo effort, a melodic bluegrass and country affair that evidences many of the same influences heard in CCR's signature "swamp rock" sound. Fogerty recruited his Fantasy Records peers Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead) and Merl Saunders to play guitar and keys, respectively, and their bluesy style well complements his bright vocals. Out of print for more than 40 years, the album is here cut from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and housed in an old-school, tip-on jacket.