Craft Recordings has unveiled a special fan-generated video for Creedence Clearwater Revival’s much-loved closing track from the classic Cosmo’s Factory album, ‘Long as I Can See the Light.’
As reported in May, when plans were announced for the 50th anniversary of Cosmo’s Factory in a half-speed master, 180-gram vinyl edition on 14 August, Creedence fans were invited to submit videos and photos for the new film. In the lead-up to Father’s Day 2020, they were asked to upload these cherished memories with their fathers, grandfathers or other guiding lights in their life.
The video has been collated with the hope of reminding families how deeply and enduringly they’re connected. It’s also offered as an example of the way that memories pass down the generations just as the timeless albums in the prized CCR collection are passed down from generation to generation.
As well as closing Creedence’s fifth studio album, ‘Long as I Can See the Light’ was released in 1970 on a double A-side single with ‘Lookin’ out My Back Door.’ It climbed to a collective No. 2 in the US, peaking there in the week of 3 October 1970 behind Diana Ross’ ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.’
“A complete departure”
In the UK, ‘Light’ was the A-side of the release, and reached No. 20. Reviewing it in the NME, Roy Carr wrote that it was “a complete departure from all their previous hits…starts very slow and deliberate with John’s almost pleading vocals.” In Rolling Stone, John Grissim described it as “a fine composition with more saxophone work and a strong Otis Redding flavour. Released as a single, it could easily end up on soul station playlists.”
Creedence songwriter John Fogerty has stated that ‘Long as I Can See the Light’ is “about the loner in me. Wanting to feel understood, needing those at home to shine a light so that I can make my way back.”
The half-speed master, 180 gram edition of Cosmo’s Factory is released on 14 August. Pre-order it here.