Creedence Clearwater Revival
Green River


4.5
superb

Review

by timbo8 USER (49 Reviews)
June 28th, 2008 | 58 replies


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Green River is the first Creedence Clearwater Revival album to follow the band's brilliant formula that made them roots rock hitmakers and American icons.

Creedence Clearwater Revival is the sound of hot, humid summer nights in the south sitting (or should I say “sittin’”) on the front porch and basking in the moonlight. The music seems to reflect life in the deep country backwoods with chugging rhythms, rock-steady beats and the vocal howl of John Fogerty as wild and free as the great outdoors. CCR turned out a string of roots rock hits that steered clear of many of the psychedelic music influences prevalent in the late ‘60s, and 1969’s Green River is widely considered to be the band’s first classic album.

Clocking in at a mere 29 minutes, Green River shows the band moving away from the extended jam sessions of previous albums and focusing on the short, direct, radio-friendly hit without losing any of their roots rock steam. Opener “Green River” sets the scene for rural americana perfectly: “Walkin’ along the river road at night / Barefoot girls dancin’ in the moonlight.” Its infectious beats, rock-and-roll-meets-country-twang guitar riff and the celebration of country life over ruination in the big city are all prevalent throughout Green River. Namely, “Commotion” begins with a loud guitar riff and warm harmonica that make it one of the album’s best and a honky-tonk classic.

Not surprisingly, one of the best songs on the album is the radio-staple “Bad Moon Rising.” A short, upbeat, and energetic burst of country charm, Fogerty lets his voice echo with commanding power. But for perhaps the best technical work on the album, “Lodi,” the story of hitting rock bottom in a dead end town, features the most imaginative and memorable guitar riff on the album that brings pleasant melodicism to ease the impact of Fogerty’s melancholy. “Cross-Tie Walker” is another testament to the band’s technical skill, with a great prominent bass line courtesy of Stu Cook and the always steady drumming and rhythm guitar of Doug Clifford and Tom Fogerty, respectively.

The album closes on what are unfortunately two subpar (to CCR’s considerably high standards, that is) songs, the clichéd bad boy tune “Sinister Purpose” and “The Night Time is the Right time,” a cover of a 1954 blues song by Nappy Brown. While the former passes through with little fanfare and Fogerty’s least convincing vocal performance, the latter’s fragmented, sexual theme doesn’t really fit alongside Fogerty’s original, narrative portrayals of country life.

As the lead singer and creative force of the band, John Fogerty wrote songs whose often dark subject matters, including looming death, sin, and hopelessness were in part obscured by the steady rock rhythms that infused poppy guitar riffs and boogie grooves. In doing this, Fogerty and the rest of CCR became a smart, radio-ready hitmaker, and Green River is CCR’s first album to showcase this. For all the commercial and critical achievements of the album, in its most basic terms, it is an undeniably good time.



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Smileyface
June 29th 2008


309 Comments


Good review, these guys never intrigued me that much though.

TheStarclassicTreatment
June 29th 2008


2910 Comments


I like these guys, my dad's band supported them in Leeds once, said they were nice guys, and really good live too.

ilikemusicthatsucks
June 29th 2008


1063 Comments


my dad's band supported them in Leeds once,


Well that's pretty awesome. What was your dad's band?

AyatollahKhomeini
June 29th 2008


44 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=the review said this and i quote:]



CCR turned out a string of roots rock hits that steered clear of many of the psychedelic music influences prevalent in the late ‘60s[/quote]



omg yes- this is exactly why CCR kicks ass. the down-home country theme can get kinda grating sometimes, but the album is still charming as hell, and unlike a lot of similar stuff from that time CCR steered clear of those troublesome hippie, summer-of-love cliches, which makes Green River wholly listenable today. even compared to some of the better folky acts out there today in the indie scene.



also, just in case some of us are out of the loop, the swampy, bayou shit is a put-on. these kids were from california.This Message Edited On 06.29.08

Bfhurricane
June 29th 2008


6248 Comments


CCR is great, John Fogerty has one of the best voices in Rock 'n 'Roll ever, hands down. Hell, this is my last post on Sputnik for a long time!

IAmInsect
June 29th 2008


3800 Comments


CCR rule

jrowa001
June 29th 2008


8752 Comments


i just recently started listening to CCR, but only their greatest hits albums. im thinking of getting their full lengths. ill probably start with this one i guess

foreverendeared
June 29th 2008


14680 Comments


you always write great reviews; so pleasant to read

dub sean
June 29th 2008


1010 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally a great review for a great album.

Mendigo
June 29th 2008


2299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

amazing band, great review.

I haven't got any real album by CCR either, but a big fat compilation with half of this album's songs on it. Lodi is indeed an awesome track.

BigHans
November 18th 2010


30956 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wrote a Song for Everyone is like the best song ever.

MUNGOLOID
November 22nd 2010


4520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bad Moon Rising mang.

FearThyEvil
December 2nd 2010


17356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Such an outstanding classic rock album and band.

Parallels
January 11th 2012


8858 Comments


Com commotion
get-it get-it get-it gone

Bigboss
May 1st 2012


35 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Lodi is so good.

Inveigh
April 3rd 2013


26797 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

god this album rules



Bayou Country through Cosmo's Factory is one of the greatest 4 album runs in the history of rock music

manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2013


12076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album, John Fogerty is an awesome vocalist.

Digging: October Falls - Syys

KILL
March 13th 2014


81241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SAW THE GYPSY MAN

zakalwe
March 13th 2014


32151 Comments


Is he laying down tarmac in your drive?

KILL
March 13th 2014


81241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hes thievin me carburettor



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