Good value vintage pressing of CCR Cosmo’s Factory?

Kinda rediscovered my liking/appreciation for CCR. I only really want Cosmo’s Factory…I’m a new member of Discogs but trust you guys more.

Not interested in exotic pressings, *new pressings, etc

*YMMV, but I’ve never heard a modern repressing of anything that comes close to the best of the old ones….no matter what hype stickers are applied!

MY QUESTION: I’M willing to go $80 - $100 for a true NM-+ pressing of CF…what pressings/years should I be looking for if seeking best bang for that audio buck?


(And NO, I’m not using this to drum up an acquisition here! (I despise that greasy practice!))




And please, don’t ask what my system is or room dimensions 🤫 let’s stay on topic 🤣

No seriously…and I don’t know if this hurts or helps…I like Rich full vintage sound over thin, accurate…also I’m not Fixated on Bass like some. Hope this helps.


I do have a proficient system though.

From what I see the 1978 Japanese pressing (Fantasy ‎– VIP-5058) is slightly better than the 1970 US release. 

Japanese Release (Fantasy ‎– VIP-5058)

Analyzed: Creedence Clearwater Revival / Cosmo's Factory [Japan VIP-5058]

DR         Peak         RMS     Duration Track
DR14      -1.59 dB   -18.07 dB      7:12 01-Ramble Tamble
DR16      -1.08 dB   -18.39 dB      3:29 02-Before You Accuse Me
DR13      -1.67 dB   -17.08 dB      2:11 03-Travelin' Band
DR14      -0.94 dB   -17.82 dB      2:11 04-Ooby Dooby
DR14      -3.48 dB   -19.96 dB      2:36 05-Lookin' Out My Back Door
DR12      -6.31 dB   -20.73 dB      3:11 06-Run Through The Jungle
DR12      -4.57 dB   -17.97 dB      2:45 07-Up Around The Bend
DR13      -2.57 dB   -17.47 dB      2:21 08-My Baby Left Me
DR13      -4.72 dB   -19.60 dB      2:32 09-Who'll Stop The Rain
DR13      -1.31 dB   -17.30 dB     11:09 10-I Heard It Through The Grapevine
DR14      -2.42 dB   -19.50 dB      3:41 11-Long As I Can See The Light

Number of tracks:  11
Official DR value: DR13

US Release (Fantasy ‎– 8402)

Analyzed: Creedence Clearwater Revival / Cosmo's Factory

DR         Peak         RMS     Duration Track
DR13      -1.28 dB   -16.53 dB      7:09 01-Ramble Tamble
DR14      -1.35 dB   -17.80 dB      3:26 02-Before You Accuse Me
DR12      -3.27 dB   -17.67 dB      2:07 03-Travellin' Band
DR13      -1.75 dB   -16.62 dB      2:07 04-Ooby Dooby
DR13      -2.35 dB   -18.46 dB      2:35 05-Lookin' Out My Back Door
DR12      -4.61 dB   -18.81 dB      3:04 06-Run Through the Jungle
DR12      -5.29 dB   -18.95 dB      2:42 07-Up Around the Bend
DR12      -4.13 dB   -18.57 dB      2:19 08-My Baby Left Me
DR13      -4.80 dB   -19.84 dB      2:29 09-Who'll Stop the Rain
DR14      -1.40 dB   -18.16 dB     11:05 10-I Heard It Through the Grapevine
DR14      -3.96 dB   -20.69 dB      3:30 11-Long as I Can See the Light

Number of tracks:  11
Official DR value: DR13


I’ve had a real rough go finding this one in great shape and good sound.  
Many OG copies purchased, all of them discarded.  
I love this album.
Apologies for negating your wish for an OG, but Steve Hoffman goes straight from the original master tapes and meticulously remasters all-analog pressings with tube gear and presents you with an immaculate, all-analog slab o’ vinyl.  
His AAA remastering work is very well regarded, FWIW.  
No risk with rice krispies even if seller advertises as VG++ or NM, no risk of poorly graded vinyl, no risk of buying the “right” pressing but still receiving a bum copy.  

My pressing of Green River he mastered…no desire to search for any others.  
Just a consideration.