Pendulum [40th Anniversary Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
During 1969 and 1970, CCR were dismissed by hipsters as a bubblegum pop band and the sniping had grown intolerable, at least to John Fogerty, who designed Pendulum as a rebuke to critics. He spent time polishing the production, bringing in keyboards, horns, even a vocal choir. His songs became self-consciously serious and tighter, working with the aesthetic of the rock underground -- Pendulum was constructed as a proper album, contrasting dramatically with CCR's previous records, all throwbacks to joyous early rock records where covers sat nicely next to hits and overlooked gems tucked away at the end of the second side. To some fans of classic CCR, this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
During 1969 and 1970, CCR were dismissed by hipsters as a bubblegum pop band and the sniping had grown intolerable, at least to John Fogerty, who designed Pendulum as a rebuke to critics. He spent time polishing the production, bringing in keyboards, horns, even a vocal choir. His songs became self-consciously serious and tighter, working with the aesthetic of the rock underground -- Pendulum was constructed as a proper album, contrasting dramatically with CCR's previous records, all throwbacks to joyous early rock records where covers sat nicely next to hits and overlooked gems tucked away at the end of the second side. To some fans of classic CCR, this approach may feel a little odd since only "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" and maybe its B-side, "Hey Tonight," sound undeniably like prime Creedence. But, given time, the album is a real grower, revealing many overlooked Fogerty gems. Yes, it isn't transcendent like the albums they made from Bayou Country through Cosmo's Factory, but most bands never even come close to that kind of hot streak. Instead, Pendulum finds a first-class songwriter and craftsman pushing himself and his band to try new sounds, styles, and textures. His ambition results in a stumble -- "Rude Awakening #2" portentously teeters on the verge of prog rock, something CCR just can't pull off -- but the rest of the record is excellent, with such great numbers as the bluesy groove "Pagan Baby," the soulful vamp "Chameleon," the moody "It's Just a Thought," and the raver "Molina." Most bands would kill for this to be their best stuff, and the fact that it's tucked away on an album that even some fans forget illustrates how tremendous Creedence Clearwater Revival really were. [The 40th anniversary edition of Pendulum included remastering as well as three bonus tracks: both parts of the single "45 Revolutions Per Minute" and a live version of "Hey Tonight" recorded in 1971.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072308817
  • Catalog Number: 30881
  • Sales rank: 29,417

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Creedence Clearwater Revival Primary Artist
John Fogerty Guitar, Hammond Organ, 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 Mastering, Remastering
Joel Selvin Liner Notes
Chris Clough Reissue Producer, Audio Production
Larissa Collins Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Two hits and not much else

    First, please know that the Editorial Review on this page is NOT for this album. Dont know how they messed that up, but they did. -- John Fogerty created a unique sound and the band remained great as long as John was allowed to control that sound. Unfortunately the rest of the band wanted to try their own hand at creating the sound for this album and as a result the only good songs here are to two hits that John controlled. The rest of the album simply isn't very good.

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    Posted November 21, 2008

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