It's not necessarily a mistake for the word "classic" being in the genre of "classic rock." With artists that have laid the groundwork for the entire rock genre, the timeless nature of being a classic goes far beyond just a timestamp for an older release. Then again, even the greatest songs of the time find themselves lost to history.
For as many great rock artists that came out in decades past, some of their greatest tracks end up being relegated to B-sides or deep cut album tracks. These tracks may not gotten the same attention as the big hits, but they deserve all that same praise and even more.
Whereas the record company always pushes the poppy single to sell to the masses, these tracks are where artists reveal a different side of themselves that you don't see out in the wild. Whether it's telling a story through music or just going for abstract emotional connections, these songs leave an impression on anyone who comes across them.
Though we may have blasted the classics from these bands countless times over the years, let's take a look at the lost relics that never saw the light of day. With no inhibition, these records may even outshine some of these acts' more celebrated material.
20. Travelin Band - Creedence Clearwater Revival
As the 60's began to go down a more psychedelic direction, Creedence Clearwater Revival kept their rock and roll heart. Across their discography, hits like "Proud Mary" and "Up Around the Bend" embodied the pure spirit of rock and roll when the rest of the world was dropping acid. Though they may have gotten looked act as a "singles band," even the band's deep cuts could hold their own.
Coming from their hit album Cosmo's Factory, "Travelin Band" is CCR in their rawest form, with frontman John Fogerty shouting his brains out over a bluesy romp. Whereas the previous singles on the record like "Lookin Out My Back Door" sounded a bit more breezy, this tune sounds like it could have been ripped straight out of Little Richard's songbook, with the band's relentless energy owing something to one of rock and roll's founders. Once you've had enough of the actual meat of the song, the lead lines that Fogerty fires off are like sonic fireworks in the band's grand spectacle.
Psychedelia may have ruled the airwaves, but that didn't mean that old time rock and roll had been wiped out. Sometimes it takes one band for us to realize what made rock and roll so irresistible in the first place.