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Mardi Gras (album)

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Released  April 11, 1972
Mardi Gras (1972)  Creedence Gold (1972)
Label  Fantasy Records
Length  28:04
Release date  11 April 1972
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Recorded  Spring 1971 January 1972
Studio  Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, California Fantasy Records Studio A in Berkeley, California
Producer  Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, John Fogerty
Artist  Creedence Clearwater Revival
Genres  Rock music, Country rock, Southern rock, Roots rock, Swamp pop
Similar  Creedence Clearwater Revival albums, Swamp pop albums, Other albums

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Mardi Gras is the seventh and final studio album by American band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released on April 11, 1972. The group disbanded after this album was released.


Unlike previous albums, Mardi Gras had Stu Cook and Doug Clifford sharing songwriting and production with John Fogerty, as well as their own lead vocal contributions for the first time. Reviews were mixed to poor, and critics called the album "Fogerty's revenge". Following the album's release, the group was officially dissolved on 16 October in a statement released by the group and its record label Fantasy Records. Mardi Gras is the only album by the band that was not remastered and reissued until 2008 to mark the 40th anniversary of the band's formation.


Previously, bandleader John Fogerty sang all lead vocals, created the song arrangements and composed all the band's original material. Older brother Tom Fogerty had departed after a dispute which was in large part caused by his desire to play a larger creative role.

For Mardi Gras, remaining members Stu Cook and Doug Clifford shared the writing, singing, and production duties. Fogerty contributed only three original songs, and sang a fourth lead on a cover of the 1961 Ricky Nelson hit "Hello Mary Lou". Clifford and Cook each wrote and sang the lead vocals on three songs. The album was a commercial success peaking at #12 and going gold. The album contained two Top 40 singles, both of which were contributed by Fogerty: the raucous "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" and the wistful swan song "Someday Never Comes".

All songs were recorded in January 1972, except "Door to Door" and "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" which were recorded in the Spring of 1971.

Recording sessions for Mardi Gras were fraught with conflict. According to Cook and Clifford, it was Fogerty's idea for all members to contribute songs equally, despite their reservations. They believed Fogerty was bitter over Tom Fogerty's departure and their own requests to have additional say in the group's musical decisions. Both also believed Fogerty was looking for an excuse to break up CCR to pursue a solo career. When Clifford and Cook at first demurred at the idea of having to supply two-thirds of the album's material themselves, Fogerty threatened to quit the band outright. Fogerty also refused to contribute any vocals or instrumentation to Cook and Clifford's songs, except for guitar. Mounting financial and legal woes compounded the fragile situation and CCR disbanded shortly after the Mardi Gras tour ended.

Mardi Gras was remastered on 180 Gram Vinyl by Analogue Productions in 2006. The album was re-released in remastered format as a Japan exclusive in January 2011. A remastered version of the album had previously been featured internationally on the 40th anniversary CCR box set, but not as a stand-alone album.


Reviews were mixed to poor, and critics called the album "Fogerty's revenge".

In 1976, John Fogerty told Rolling Stone magazine "I figured that Creedence made six albums. Let me count... the first one, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys, Cosmo's Factory, Pendulum... yeah, six. I wouldn’t even count Mardi Gras and neither would anybody else. I had no control over anything after that. The rest is horse manure. Baloney."


  • John Fogerty – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Stu Cook – bass, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, piano, vocals
  • Doug Clifford – drums, vocals
  • Production

  • Producers: Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, John Fogerty
  • Engineer: Russ Gary
  • Mastering supervisor: Tamaki Beck
  • Mastering: Shigeo Miyamoto
  • Remastering: George Horn
  • Arrangers: Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, John Fogerty
  • Art direction: Tony Lane
  • Design: Tony Lane
  • Cover design: Tony Lane
  • Photography: Bob Fogerty, Baron Wolman
  • Liner notes (CD): Craig Werner
  • Songs

    1Lookin’ for a Reason3:29
    2Take It Like a Friend3:02
    3Need Someone to Hold3:03


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