New feature-length documentary CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL in production with never-before-seen footage found in London vault after 50 years in storage
Craft Recordings, Concord Originals and Marathan Films have announced the production of the documentary film-concert Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall, directed by two-time Grammy Award winner Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology and Jimi Hendrix Band Of Gypsies) and narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges, who loves his iconic character “The Dude” in The Big Lebowski, is a fan of the group. The film features the ONLY complete concert footage from the original Creedence Clearwater Revival ever released.
The film is a Craft Recordings, Concord Originals and Marathan Films production and is produced by Sig Sigworth (REM by MTV), Jonathan Clyde (The Beatles: Get Back), Martin R. Smith (The Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Musical Revolution) and John Beug (Running Down A Dream Tom Petty). Scott Pascucci of Concord (Martin Scorsese: Living In The Material World), Bob Valentine and Sophia Dilley (Billie) of Concord Original are executive producers. Wesley Adams, Charles Hopkins and Taylor Umphenour are the co-producers.
Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall takes the viewer on a journey from the band’s humble but formative years in El Cerrito, California to their meteoric rise in 1969 from top billing at Woodstock to the sale of the Oakland Coliseum before traveling through Europe and taking the stage at the Royal Albert Hall. Featuring a wealth of never-before-seen footage (including the concert itself), this film documents the history of Creedence Clearwater Revival up to the moment they leave the stage at the Royal Albert Hall as the biggest band in the world. Concert audio was mixed and restored from the original multitrack tapes by Grammy winners Giles Martin and Sam Okell (The Beatles: Get Back/Rocket Man).
Director Bob Smeaton recalls: “When I was a kid in the UK in the late 60s and early 70s, Creedence were a band I only really knew existed from their hit singles. . Therefore, making this film was an education for me, I got to see and hear why they are worthy of their status as one of the greatest bands of all time. I knew they were good, I didn’t know they were this good.
“Unveiling the power of Creedence at a high point in their career with these long-lost footage is extraordinary in itself,” Sigworth said. “For Jeff Bridges to tell us about this discovery is when pop culture collides with something bigger.”
Jeff Bridges said “What a band! I love listening to them, I love playing Fogerty tunes. These are definitely my favorites. Belief, yeah, man.
As 1969 drew to a close, Creedence Clearwater Revival challenged The Beatles for the title of world’s best-selling act, and John Fogerty became one of America’s most politically significant songwriters.
In April 1970, Creedence embarked on their first-ever European tour, where the band’s UK debut would take place at Britain’s most prestigious concert venue: London’s Royal Albert Hall. Just days after the Beatles broke up, the concert would go on to be one of the defining shows of their career. The concert was filmed, but never fully broadcast until now.
Years of research, discovery and restoration have gone into the project, including finding the original concert footage in a London vault that has been fully restored after 50 years in storage. The film also includes never-before-seen 16mm footage of the legendary performance, on-the-fly group interactions and interviews discovered in the Fantasy Records vault, as well as what is believed to be Creedence’s earliest known footage. live.
During their short time together as a band (1968 – 1972), Creedence Clearwater Revival enjoyed an unprecedented period of creativity – releasing seven studio albums (two of which went to No. 1), playing over 150 tour dates at around the world, including a headlining spot at Woodstock and scoring 14 Top Ten singles. A staple until today, Creedence has amassed 4 billion streams in 2021. Over the past 50+ years, the Creedence canon has become part of the Great American Songbook. Songs like “Bad Moon Rising”, “Down On The Corner”, “Fortunate Son”, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain”, “Proud Mary”, “Born On The Bayou”, “Travelin’ Band” and “Up Around The Bend” have been ingrained in pop culture – not just as rock staples, but as timeless standards. With so many memorable compositions that continue to grace radio airwaves, TV and movie screens, and lyrics that still resonate today, Creedence Clearwater Revival is truly America’s greatest rock band.