Green River [40th Anniversary Bonus Tracks]

Green River [40th Anniversary Bonus Tracks]

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by Creedence Clearwater Revival
     
 

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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 itsSee more details below

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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:
09/30/2008
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0888072308787
catalogNumber:
30878
Rank:
21060

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Tracks

  1. Green River  -  Creedence Clearwater Revival
  2. Commotion  -  Creedence Clearwater Revival
  3. Tombstone Shadow  -  Creedence Clearwater Revival
  4. Wrote a Song for Everyone  -  Creedence Clearwater Revival
  5. Bad Moon Rising  -  Creedence Clearwater Revival
  6. Lodi  -  Creedence Clearwater Revival
  7. Cross-Tie Walker  -  Creedence Clearwater Revival
  8. Sinister Purpose  -  Creedence Clearwater Revival
  9. The Night Time Is the Right Time  -  Creedence Clearwater Revival
  10. Broken Spoke Shuffle  -  Creedence Clearwater Revival
  11. Glory Be  -  Creedence Clearwater Revival
  12. Bad Moon Rising  -  Creedence Clearwater Revival
  13. Green River/Susie Q  -  Creedence Clearwater Revival
  14. Lodi  -  Creedence Clearwater Revival

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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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