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RE: Creedence Clearwater Revival vinyl quality

For CCR original issues, SQ can be inconsistent, so many bazillion were pressed. I finally have my used CCRs pretty much with best SQ I've been able to find & am happy. The ones you're happy with, you likely found keepers. Rules of thumb that I've gathered over the yrs:

1. Deep groove, heavier vinyl: First four CCR albums were pressed with 2.75" deep groove around spindle hole. In 1970+ RCA pressing plants, which Fantasy used, changed to having 1" perceptible discs centered around spindle. Early pressings w/deep groove, you may have a better shot that stampers may not have been overused yet.

2. Initial in deadwax, one of three: H, I, or R. RCA pressing plants located in Hollywood, Indianapolis, & Richmond, NJ. "H" is generally thought to be best for SQ, but my CCR collection has rekkids from all three, majority H, a few I, & I think one R that have good SQ.

Regarding Cosmos Factory, when I found a regular used issue but one that had been remastered by Brian Gardner, I finally found a keeper with decent SQ. BG remastered CF in 70s. You can find his symbol etched in the deadwax: 2 small etched wings, like 2 birds in flight. Better bass, detail, dynamics. Before finding that copy, I was glad I had a MOFI copy that had much better SQ. BG also orig mastered Mardi Gras, so no worries with SQ there, just find the etched birds are in the deadwax.

I think you'll find Willy & Poor Boys has great SQ, esp if you find a DG "H" copy.

Hope this helps.

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Edits: 06/06/17

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