Posted August 2021
As I’ve said many times before over the years, it’s always flattering when an artist sits for a Boomerocity interview for their second (or more) time. They have a lot of demands on their time so when they take the time to chat with me about their new projects, I never take it for granted.
Such is the case with my third interview with the legendary drummer and co-founder of Creedence Clearwater revival, Doug “Cosmo” Clifford. While it’s the third time that I’ve chatted with Cosmo, it’s the second time we’ve chatted about new releases from his personal music archives. This chat is about the latest in such a release, For All The Money In The World. The previous interviews can be read here and here.
There were some technical glitches that interfered with the video transmission, but we picked it up by phone with my camera still running. As with past interviews, this one is laid back and informative. Please give it a good watch and listen; share it with your friends; then visit DougCosmoClifford.com to order your own copy of For All The Money In The World. You’re going to want to add it to your personal listening library. The Press release for the album is below the interview video below.
The Boomerocity Interview With Doug Cosmo Clifford
CLIFFORD / WRIGHT
For All The Money In The World
Release date August 27
In mid-1968 a band of four dedicated musicians from El Cerrito, California skyrocketed to fame with their debut single “Suzie Q.” It took 10 years of gigging to get there, but by the time “Suzie Q” peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) was an unstoppable force in rock’n’roll. Over the next 2 years they released 11 million-selling hit singles and 5 studio albums, they toured the world as headliners, including an appearance at Woodstock in 1969, and were ultimately inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993.
In the decades that followed CCR’s 2-year reign as the #1 band in the world, Creedence drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford focused his creative energy on producing album projects. His concept was to assemble a top shelf mix of players, write an album’s worth of original songs, then record, mix and master each album. When a project was completed, the masters were archived and safely stored in Cosmo’s Vault until the time was right to release them. Fast forward to 2021 and Cosmo has retrieved those masters and will be releasing them one album at a time on his own label, Cliffsong Records. The first release will be For All The Money In The World by Clifford / Wright.
As was the case with Creedence, the core members of Clifford / Wright are from El Cerrito, California, each having earned Gold records over the years for playing on million-selling hits. Cosmo’s original idea was to build the band around a solid rhythm section, and his first choice for a bass player was his old pal Steve Wright from the Greg Kihn Band. Cosmo and Steve not only had great chemistry as a rhythm section, they also clicked as a songwriting team, crafting well over a dozen original songs for the album.
Completing the Clifford / Wright lineup were featured guitarists Greg Douglass (Steve Miller Band), Jimmy Lyon (Eddie Money) and Joe Satriani, plus keyboard players Tim Gorman (The Who) and Pat Mosca (Greg Kihn Band). After holding auditions for a lead vocalist, Keith England was selected as a perfect fit for the Clifford / Wright songs. With the band in place, recording sessions were booked in various studios in the San Francisco Bay area. The final result is the 11-song album For All The Money In The World by Clifford / Wright, direct from Cosmo’s Vault.