Mardi Gras was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s final album. After 4 years of magnificent music making across six albums, the band was falling apart. Creedence had always been one brilliant control freak with an average, workmanlike three man rhythm section. John Fogerty was songwriter, lead singer, lead guitarist, provider of keyboards saxophone or any other additional instrument, producer and arranger. The others had a fraction of his talent, and none of the say. By 1972 they’d had enough. Brother Tom Fogerty had left. And Doug Clifford and Stu Cook wanted more input. So in an action of artistic suicide Fogerty gave it to them. They wrote and sang three songs each. Clifford’s were bearable but completely undistinguished. Cook’s were just awful. And Fogerty was clearly exhausted, pissed off, and, for the first time, simply didn’t care. The one positive note is that the album has one genuine Fogerty classic, the last song on their last album, Someday Never Comes.
In his corroscating Rolling Stone review Jon Landau described it as ‘relative to a group’s established level of performance, the worst album I have ever heard from a major rock band’. He may well have been right. But this was 45 years ago. There must be plenty of other contenders now for this title. Any suggestions? Please show your workings. And what is it’s Someday Never Comes; the one saving grace that may just about make it worth owning?