Green River [40th Anniversary Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If anything, CCR's third album Green River represents the full flower of their classic sound initially essayed on its predecessor, Bayou Country. One of the differences between the two albums is that Green River is tighter, with none of the five-minute-plus jams that filled out both their debut and Bayou Country, but the true key to its success is a peak in John Fogerty's creativity. Although CCR had at least one cover on each album, they relied on Fogerty to crank out new material every month. He was writing so frequently that the craft became second-nature and he laid his emotions and fears bare, perhaps unintentionally. Perhaps that's why Green River has ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If anything, CCR's third album Green River represents the full flower of their classic sound initially essayed on its predecessor, Bayou Country. One of the differences between the two albums is that Green River is tighter, with none of the five-minute-plus jams that filled out both their debut and Bayou Country, but the true key to its success is a peak in John Fogerty's creativity. Although CCR had at least one cover on each album, they relied on Fogerty to crank out new material every month. He was writing so frequently that the craft became second-nature and he laid his emotions and fears bare, perhaps unintentionally. Perhaps that's why Green River has fear, anger, dread, and weariness creeping on the edges of gleeful music. This was a band that played rock & roll so joyously that they masked the, well, "sinister" undercurrents in Fogerty's songs. "Bad Moon Rising" has the famous line "Hope you've got your things together/Hope you're quite prepared to die," but that was only the most obvious indication of Fogerty's gloom. Consider all the other dark touches: the "Sinister purpose knocking at your door"; the chaos of "Commotion"; the threat of death in "Tombstone Shadow"; you only return to the idyllic "Green River" once you get lost and realize the "world is smolderin'." Even the ballads have a strong melancholy undercurrent, highlighted by "Lodi," where Fogerty imagines himself stuck playing in dead-end towns for the rest of his life. Not the typical thoughts of a newly famous rock & roller, but certainly an indication of Fogerty's inner tumult. For all its darkness, Green River is ultimately welcoming music, since the band rocks hard and bright and the melancholy feels comforting, not alienating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072308787
  • Catalog Number: 30878
  • Sales rank: 2,535

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Green River (2:34)
  2. 2 Commotion (2:44)
  3. 3 Tombstone Shadow (3:38)
  4. 4 Wrote a Song for Everyone (4:56)
  5. 5 Bad Moon Rising (2:21)
  6. 6 Lodi (3:13)
  7. 7 Cross-Tie Walker (3:18)
  8. 8 Sinister Purpose (3:21)
  9. 9 The Night Time Is the Right Time (3:09)
  10. 10 Broken Spoke Shuffle (2:39)
  11. 11 Glory Be (2:48)
  12. 12 Bad Moon Rising (2:07)
  13. 13 Green River/Susie Q (4:28)
  14. 14 Lodi (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Creedence Clearwater Revival Primary Artist
John Fogerty Guitar, Vocals
Doug Clifford Drums, Background Vocals
Tom Fogerty Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Stu Cook Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Fogerty Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Audio Production
George Horn Remastering
Joel Selvin Liner Notes, Track Notes
Dave Marsh Liner Notes
Chris Clough Reissue Producer, Audio Production
Basul Parik Cover Photo
Larissa Collins Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Swamp Rock at its best

    The musical style of Creedence Clearwater Revival is best described as swamp rock: a combination of rock, blues, and country. As it did all throughout its brief run, CCR made an outstanding album in Green River. The style of John Fogerty's acoustic-electric guitar is so astounding, as is his songwriting.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bad Moon Rising but good album playing

    John Fogerty created a unique sound and the band remained great as long as John was allowed to control that sound. This is another great album with the boys exploring American music even though all but one of the songs is written by John. John has such a feel for the country and writes in a way that connects with that country, yet manages to make music that is unmistakably his. A true treasure.

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