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Green River

Creedence Clearwater RevivalAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Unquestionably one of the greatest American rock bands ever, Creedence Clearwater Revival will best be remembered for their unique bayou sound popularized in songs like "Proud Mary" and "Green River."

Although their music evoked the raw, gospel-tinged sound of the rural South, Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and Tom and John Fogerty actually hailed from El Cerrito, ... Read more in Amazon's Creedence Clearwater Revival Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B000000XCD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Green River
2. Commotion
3. Tombstone Shadow
4. Wrote A Song For Everyone
5. Bad Moon Rising
6. Lodi
7. Cross-Tie Walker
8. Sinster Purpose
9. The Night Time Is The Right Time

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Remarkably, this is the third studio album Creedence Clearwater Revival released in 1969! During that stunning burst, John Fogerty could do no wrong. Green River isn't as chock-full of CCR standards as the record that followed it in 1970 (Cosmo's Factory), and, at 30 minutes, it's briefer than its rather brief predecessor (Willy and the Poorboys). Still, this is economy at its best. The title track, "Lodi," and "Bad Moon Rising" are all indelibly etched into the memory banks of classic-rock fans, while "Commotion" and "Cross-Tie Walker" are perfect swamp-rock complements. "The Night Time Is the Right Time" is one more in a series of spot-on Fogerty covers. And "Wrote a Song for Everyone" manages to be both rarefied and down to earth in the same breath--which is really CCR in a nutshell. --Steven Stolder

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of rock's all-time classic albums May 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
On their third album, Creedence Clearwater Revival finally got rid of the sometimes directionless five-minute jams that weighed down their first two records.

"Green River" is probably their tightest album, and their best as well. There is virtually no filler here - the singles are magnificent, and even the album tracks are great.
It opens with the title track, a concise 2 1/2 minutes of tough, "swampy" backbeat and vivid imagery, highlighted by the pithy, intertwined guitar figures of John and Tom Fogerty, and John Fogerty's brief, melodic, less-is-more solo.

Other highlights include the classic rockabilly of "Bad Moon Rising", the melancholy "Lodi", the sinister, soulful blues "Tombstone Shadow", and the slow, mournful "Wrote A Song For Everyone".
But everything is good, really, including the brisk, semi-acoustic country-rocker "Cross-Tie Walker" and the album's only cover song, an energetic rendition of "The Night Time Is The Right Time".

The musicianship is excellent, too. Doug Clifford's stop-start drumming on "Wrote A Song" and "Sinister Purpose" is among his best and most imaginative. John Fogerty plays fiery lead guitar on "Tombstone Shadow", and he and his brother complement each other superbly on the appropriately dark blues-rocker "Sinister Purpose".

Both "Green River" and "Bad Moon Rising" made it to #2, and the album itself was a #1 record back in the autumn of 1969.
There is not a single weak moment on this magnificent fusion of rock, blues, R&B, folk and country, and "Green River" is not just Creedence Clearwater Revival's best album, it is one of the best pure rock records to come out of the US in the 1960s.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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With Concord Music Group having purchased the Fantasy catalog, the fortieth anniversary of Creedence Clearwater Revival's debut LP provides a suitable opportunity for a fresh round of reissues. All six of the original foursome's albums (from 1968's Creedence Clearwater Revival through 1970's Pendulum) have been struck from new digital masters and augmented by previously unreleased tracks. Those who purchased the 2001 box set can pick up most of the bonus tracks separately as digital downloads (the two longest bonuses are CD-only). Those who didn't buy the box, and think they'll buy all six reissues may want to consider the box set for its inclusion of pre-Creedence work from the Blue Velvets and Golliwogs, the seventh CCR album Mardi Gras, the 1970-71 live recordings and several box-only bonuses. But for those just wanting to pick up a few favorite albums, these reissues are the ticket. Each is presented in a digipack with original front and back cover album art and a 16-page booklet with photos, credits and new liner notes.

Creedence's third album (their second for 1969), Green River, is their first completely original effort as a band. Gone are the lengthy San Francisco jams, replaced by concisely written and arranged songs that concentrate Fogerty's evocations of an idealized South. The album opens with the title track's sumptuous memory of a mythical childhood, a song so deeply soaked in Southern swamps that it's hard to imagine it being written in the urban hills of California's Bay Area. The Fogerty brothers intertwine their twangy electric guitars with familial telepathy. The sound first explored on Bayou Country is now heard on every cut, mellowing the blue "Tombstone Shadow" and providing an introspective stage for Fogerty's ballads.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Green River August 6, 2001
By Paul
Format:Audio CD
Green River has always been a album that brings back fond memories for me. I first bought it on 8 track in 69 when it came out and it had "Bad Moon Rising", on the tape twice. I still remember the first time that I heard "Bad Moon Rising". I just stopped what I was doing and listened to the song. Not many songs have gotten my attention that way. Those were definitely turbulant times and this album helped lighten the mood. For those of you who were there and to those who weren't, I would highly recommend this album as one of CCR's best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Time Is The Right Time, Always, For Sure January 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Creedence Clearwater Revival's second album of 1969 (the Amazon review says that it followed 'Willy & The Poor Boys', but according to the liner notes on CCR's 'Platinum', 'Green River' follows 'Bayou Country' and is followed by 'Willy & The Poor Boys')

The opening track is the title track, 'Green River', a delicious blast of prime American rock'n'roll, and easily one of Creedence's very very best songs. An instant classic, that opens an instantly classic album.

'Commotion' is a somewhat darker track, that oozes of the Southern states of the US, of swamps & bleak air. It is majestic in the very anti-majesty of the melody.

'Tombstone Shadow' follows in this vein, also setting a very gloomy (but not at all nocturnal) mood for the record.

'Wrote A Song For Everyone' is lighter (but still pretty dusky by Creedence standards), & simply just drop-dead gorgeous. An underrated classic, that is followed by arguably the very best track on the album, the near-apocalypse of 'Bad Moon Rising'. Like the title track, this song simply represents EVERYTHING that Creedence is about, it is catchy, light, disturbing, and simply the essence of the word 'rock'n'roll'!

The next song is 'Lodi', another overlooked gem. With it, the mood of the melodies darken again, in a despairing tale built by great lyrics & wonderful playing.

'Cross-Tie Walker' is another great song, where the mood is simply 'hopelessness' and 'emptiness', more of a dusky, hollow midday, than the kind of 'nightlife', that bands like Velvet Underground and the excellent Doors employed to make their soundscapes darker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss the long jams
The third LP was made up of 3 and 4 minute songs and they are all sounding great. However, I really enjoyed the long drawn out 6 to 10 minute songs that are part of their entire... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Edward J. Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
Of course I love the Creedence Clearwater Revial music and have many of their cd's. It's always nice to hear them and sound so cheerful. It makes me want to get up and work !
Published 1 month ago by blondie
4.0 out of 5 stars Rootsy Bluesy Fun
It believe had This LP in the 60's don;t remember the coll instro tracks - could be bonus - the live stuff is just like the lp but poor sonics great feel great songs proof... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom Hostage
5.0 out of 5 stars CCR Green River
When I was fourteen I first heard CCR on the radio and was 'hooked'. 7 LP's in 4 years! Name me another band that turned our that much quality music in such a short time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vince Hanhold
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of hits and memories!
Wonderful album. Simple music done extremely well. The antithesis of today's American idol driven disposable pop acts. Never seen before and will not be seen again.
Published 2 months ago by Konrad Underkofler
5.0 out of 5 stars Green River
That is CCR's BEST SONG as far as I'm concerned.....I'd listen to it all day long and all night long as's the rhythm of my time. CCR just knew how to do it!!!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maribel Hindes
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love it
it is one of the best CCR's álbum. Also the CD has bonus tracks and the art of the álbum shows new photos. In Argentina there are a lot of fans of CCR.
Published 10 months ago by Julio Floreal Toscano
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie!
CCR is my favorite band of the day and this cd is very good. It had a couple of songs I didn`t have on it. Would recommend.
Published 11 months ago by Larry Braden
1.0 out of 5 stars BAD!!!!!!!
Product was damaged...vinyl was warped. We could not play it because of the condition it was in. VERY VERY poor quality. Highly disappointed
Published 12 months ago by April Blackmon
4.0 out of 5 stars CCR
So I have always had the best of for CCR. I figured to start getting the records and this one is pretty good. the two addtional live songs are really good. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Scott
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Creedence Clearwater Revival reissues ... great news, but down with the...
The initial CD releases of CCR sound horrible. In 2000, 20 bit reissues of all 7 LPs were put out in hard CD jewel cases. Those had great sound. These 2008 reissues sounds very similar, maybe slightly warmer.

Mardi Gras was a lackluster album, with Hitchhiker and Someday being the best songs.
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