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Green River [LP]
Vinyl | LP (12" album, 33 rpm), Reissued
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Green River (40th Anniversary Edition)
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, September 30, 2008
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The newly reissued vinyl edition of the third album by one of the world's all-time greatest rock bands, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Green River remains a top-selling album in the CCR catalog. The album contains the ubiquitous international chart-topping hit, 'Bad Moon Rising' which reached #2 in the Billboard top 200 in the US and #1 in the UK upon its release in 1969 and continues to be a mainstay on classic rock radio. A 'must-have' for any serious classic rock fan, Green River represents both a true high point in songwriting creativity and the point at which the band's classic sound fully bloomed into the CCR that fans recognize and love today.
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The album was nearly 100% flat. I was quite impressed with the sound quality, especially for the bargain price. Truly quiet between songs, I could not detect background noise. One star deducted for the pathetic packaging. The album cover is so thin it is silly. The paper cover containing the record was 1% shredded, which made a mess on the record. This is where they save money and pass it on to us. Bad idea. Try buying reissues where the complete gate fold cover is recreated in all its thick glory (thank you Neil Young). I'd rather pay $10 more for a decent cover that offers some protection. Blame Fantasy, their name is on the album.
Still, for the price, and the sound quality, if you have a turntable, buy this. It is a great thing to have in your collection.
Still, one hopes John can eventually get his legal situation worked out to his favor, but in the meantime it would be a disservice to ignore the first six studio albums, treasures all. "Green River" was the third album, "Willy and the Poor Boys" the fourth, and like the other albums, one would think they were all greatest hits collections given how many songs on all the albums are now classics. Among the best cuts on "Green River" are the title track, and the rockin' and rollin' "Commotion", one of my favorite CCR tunes, along with "Born on the Bayou". John was just brilliant - sewing blues, folk, a dash of country and hard rocking into a mix that was timeless. "Bad Moon Rising" remains one of the most contradictory tunes ever when matching the bright bouncy music with some truly Armageddon-like prophecies. According to Fogerty, Vietnam soldiers would listen to this song as a harbinger of doom, but with the music get hope that their latest patrols or attacks would not end in tragedy.
On "Willie and the Poor Boys", John composed one of the greatest war protest songs of all time, "Fortunate Son", that along with Hendrix' "Machine Gun" are probably the two greatest anti-Vietnam songs of all time although there were a lot out there. That album also features "Down on the Corner", a tune that practically transports the listener to some street corner as the cover photo suggests, listening to itinerant musicians playing for that nickel just to have food to eat. Included is a short vamp that may well have been recorded just as the album cover portrays, even with a jug bass that Cook manages to play quite well despite his treatment of Fogerty that makes him one of the worst people in rock and roll as a person, along with Clifford, but give credit where it's due.
You can get of course two volumes of greatest hits and live albums, but the original studio albums have too many gems to ignore radio doesn't play. John has done some fine solo work too, "Revival" being a particularly good effort from recent years. For lovers of real no bones rock and roll music, you just can't beat the glory days of CCR.