Creedence Clearwater Revival - Mardi Gras LP (Half-Speed master)

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Audiophile-Quality 180g Vinyl LP Reissue Mastered at Half-Speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios!

Craft Recordings continues their salute to the enduring musical legacy of Creedence Clearwater Revival with the release of half-speed mastered editions of the band's two final albums: Pendulum, which was released 50 years ago in December 1970, and their closing studio album, 1972's Mardi Gras. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl, both records were mastered by the award-winning engineer Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. These audiophile-quality LPs come housed in beautifully crafted jackets (tip-on gatefold for Pendulum and embossed for Mardi Gras), replicating the albums' original packaging.

CCR's seventh and final studio album, 1972's Mardi Gras, followed the departure of founding member/rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty. The album, however, found the remaining trio of musicians taking a more collaborative approach to songwriting. Prior to Mardi Gras, frontman John Fogerty was the band's creative leader – writing, arranging, and producing the majority of every album. For Mardi Gras, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford not only penned many of the tracks (including Cook's hard-driving "Door to Door," and Clifford's rollicking "Tearin' Up the Country") but also sang on them. Other highlights include a cover of the rockabilly classic "Hello Mary Lou," as well as the Fogerty-penned rocker "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" – a Top Ten hit in the US, Australia, Canada, and across Europe. The poignant "Someday Never Comes," meanwhile, marked the group's final single. 

Roughly half a century later, CCR fans can enjoy a new vibrancy when they revisit Pendulum and Mardi Gras, thanks to the exacting process of half-speed mastering. Using high-res transfers from the original analog tapes, the process involves playing back the audio at half its recorded speed while the cutting lathe is also turned to half the desired playback speed. The technique allows more time to cut a micro-precise groove, resulting in more accuracy with frequency extremes and dynamic contrasts. The result on the turntables is an exceptional level of sonic clarity and punch. Both of these special pressings were previously released only as part of Creedence's collectible, seven-LP Studio Albums Collection box set, and follow standalone, audiophile-quality reissues of the band's first five albums.