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Green River

Creedence Clearwater Revival

1969

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Green River
Album Summary

Green River is the third studio album by American rock and roll band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released in August 1969. It was the second of three albums they released in that year, preceded by Bayou Country in January and followed by Willy and the Poor Boys in November.

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3.8

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Thu May 27 2021
5

A great album to listen to with fresh ears. Remove every association with classic rock radio, Vietnam movies, state fair cover bands, and just the general collective unconscious in America and this record reveals itself at its own pace. While it's clearly tied to its era there is still a timeless quality, a baked-in warm nostalgia to be played on the next road trip. It was my first time hearing many of these songs but they are all casually killer. Insert an offhand thumbs-up gif here.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

This album that hit the scene the same year that my infant self did! All of this record makes me happy! Fogerty's raw vocals, songwriting, and guitar work, driven home by the rest of the band's rock & roll twang, are always welcome ingredients for anything from a workout to a road trip, frisbee in the park to a hammock in that same park :) Seeing John perform some of these songs live is on my bucket list!

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Has anyone ever watched an episode of Ex on the Beach? Jesus Christ, is this what people are like now? Psychopaths. Back in my day instead of shouting "CUNT" at eachother every 5 minutes and shagging eachother's girlfriends, we would put on this album and just chill out...and then shag eachother's girlfriends.

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Fri Dec 15 2023
2

For a 29-minute album, this was a slog to get through.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

Not their best album and a bit formulaic.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

"Green River" is just a classic. It came out in a year known for its music and it still manages to stand out from the crowd. It's one of those iconic albums that is firmly pinned to the time. It's an essential part of any soundtrack from '69 along with "Bayou Country" which came out the same year. With two absolute beast albums in the same year, it's no wonder CCR outsold The Beatles in '69. I was going to give this a 4 but I realized that I can't justify knocking off a star. There's just not a bad track on the album.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Fucking loved it, Green River was great and Bad moon rising. Yeah, they're the biggest hits off the album but they are too fucking good. The whole project was great and, blending my love of folk and rock music. I am definitely biased here as this is my favorite era of rock, but it's my rating so who gives a fuck. I don't think it is perfect, but 5 stars because of the limitations of the rating system on the website. I will return to this in the future, 7.5/8.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

This is some really high-quality country rock. The album wears its California roots on its sleeve, which puts it both close to and a little distance from my heart. I can't quite say I love it after one listen, but it seems to last longer than its runtime in a good way: Every song is solid. It ends particularly well, on a bit of a twist. Which, written down, seems like a bit of a backhanded compliment, but is in fact sincere praise.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

Et bah franchement, pour un album qui connait des pics à 400 millions de streams, c'est pas franchement incroyable. Ce qui m'amène à partager l'anecdote suivante : Quand j'étais au lycée et envisageais de devenir le prochain James Arthur, j'avais découvert la chanson "Have you ever seen the rain" du groupe qui nous intéresse. J'ai donc décidé de la reprendre à la guitare alors même que je ne trouve pas cette chanson particulièrement exceptionnelle. Croyez-le ou non, cette reprise n'était pas fameuse. Retour à la case départ, donc.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

CCR is like a good pair of worn in jeans. Reliable, comfortable, enjoyable.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Very good, reminds me of my Dad.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

Absolutely amazing. These dudes continue to be one of my favorite classic rock bands. I’m not sure why, but something about the swamp rock style is really appealing to me. Maybe it’s nostalgic? You know, the war.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
5

They're BACK! I had my first Creedence album served to me here just two days ago (the disappointing Bayou Country), and this one, released just 8 months later, is miles better. It's the second of three albums CCR released in 1969 alone, which is insane. The title track is about as solid of an album opener as you'll ever hear, especially if you're longing for a place where bullfrogs call and kids play on rope swings. "Lodi" might be my favorite CCR song. Creedence Dudes swear by this album, probably because the deeper cuts hold up as well as the hits. The Spotify link took me to the 40th Anniversary edition, and I just assumed the two instrumental tracks after "The Night Time Is The Right Time" were part of the original album. They should have been because those 2 instrumental tracks slap. I like them more than most of the album cuts on Bayou Country. But that's me. Factoring in those 2 songs get this thing closer to 5 territory. Maybe without John Fogerty's vocals taking center stage, the instrumentals allow for the entire band to come in focus. Speaking of which, we need to discuss the album cover. It reminds me of those shirts for the band Stillwater in "Almost Famous" where Russell Hammond is prominently placed in front of the band to standout and overshadow them, causing the members to quarrel (particularly Hammond and lead singer Jeff Beebe) to the point where Hammond wanders off with teenage Rolling Stone reporter William Miller to a party somewhere in the Midwest where he can drop acid and scream Robert Plant quotes from the rooftop before jumping into a swimming pool. I hope the same thing happened with the Creedence fellas, but I'm guessing a pond was involved instead of a pool. Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and and Doug Clifford likely had no idea they'd be included in this photo. They don't even have their instruments. It's like John was having his own photo taken for a solo album and they're just photo bombing him. No wonder they hated John so much. Maybe it was a Stillwateresque fight that inspired John Fogerty to write "Have You Ever Seen The Rain". John was (and is) such a control freak he doesn't even let anyone besides him provide backup vocals. I've got this album somewhere between 4 and 5, and a good background story about the album cover would put it over the top. I guess what I'm saying is a 5 rating ultimately comes due to the fact that the album cover reminds me of a fictional band from Cameron Crowe's best movie.

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Fri Dec 23 2022
5

Forgery and the boys DO NOT MISS. A great album front to back. The late sixties and early seventies were dominated by CCR’s riverboat rock. An incredible band.

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Fri Oct 13 2023
5

Creedence Clearwater Revival can rock, they’ve got soul, they’ll get psychedelic, they play with purpose and a sense of urgency…they’re pretty much the perfect rock and roll band.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

It's Green River time, a 1969 album from Credence Clearwater Revival (CCR). Much has been written about the band, so I'm not sure what else new I might have to say. This music was easy to connect when I was a kid. The music had great hooks and it sounded like all the country music and rock and roll my parents always listened to. I enjoy a lot of the music from the late 60s, but there is a special place for this music that went against the grain. I don't know. It's just enjoyable on a different level than most other music at the time. There is something deep and spirited about this music; like it organically grew out of the soil in America. And it had all of our experiences baked into the music. I've always enjoyed this music and nothing has changed to this day. It's silly I haven't listened and enjoyed all the music on this album. The curse of the greatest hits collection that often feels arbitrary on what tracks are chosen.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Warm sound. Lovely hooks and licks!

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

I am reading "Our Band Could be Your Life" at the moment and I was really surprised by the amount of bands with hard core punk roots were name checking Creedance as a major influence. I wouldn't have picked it before then but now I have had a chance to listen to them I can see why they were such a beacon to disaffected kids of the late 70s. This is a raucous and powerful album and going on to my want list for a copy on Vinyl

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

It is so kind of John Fogerty to let the audience know where the bathrooms are during every concert (on the right).

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Tue Jan 16 2024
4

I've been a CCR fan since I was a kid, though mostly through their Chronicle comps (Vol 1 = 5 stars, Vol 2 = 4 stars) and not their albums proper. There were only two tracks on Green River I couldn't sing along to (I say this sort of tongue-in-cheek, since depending on which version of GR you listen to, you could have as many as four non-Chronicle tracks, but two of them are instrumentals). CCR was a soundtrack to many excursions with family and friends, so their music always conjures a good time feeling for me. Anyway, seems to me you either like the CCR sound or you don't, and I do.

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Mon Jan 22 2024
4

Putting my serious ears on for what I know is meant to be a classic, what caught me was the way J Fogerty’s vocals form little riffs that play off the guitars, rather than lay simply on top of them, and that the space they leave for their sounds is exceptionally rare for a four piece. The songs have a spiky, pugilistic motion to them: this is a song, you got a problem with that pal?

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Mon Apr 15 2024
4

I love this band. It's another album where I wish I could have experienced what it was like to hear all of these hits on one album when it first dropped. I love the vocals, I love the twangy guitar. So different for what passes as "hits" these days.

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Tue May 09 2023
3

Mostly simple, effective songs played well. A couple of standouts. Could have done without the instrumental jams to finish off but gladly they are mercifully short. Fave track: Wrote a Song for Everyone

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Sat Nov 18 2023
2

It's not bad. I just don't care for it much.

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Sat Feb 27 2021
5

Everyone loves creedence, including me. Haven't listened to this album explicitly but I know a heap of the songs already. Maybe a full 5/5? After listen: yep.

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Fri Nov 27 2020
5

The classics are classics for a reason. Best track: Green River

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Tue Nov 10 2020
5

best one yet -- but I knew I'd like it

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

I love the sound of John fogerty so it’s kind of unfair. This album rules

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Listened to CCR greatest hits right after. Gotta love "swamp rock" by a band from San Francisco.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

One of the most underrated band of the 60s. This album and Cosmos Factory are two of the most influential albums in American music.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

Phenomenal. These songs still ring true and clear all these years later.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Great album. I've always loved Creedence but don't think I've listened to this album start to finish.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Great album. So easy to listen to.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

before my time, but holds up.

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Sat May 22 2021
5

I really liked this! Chill and good vibes. 9

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Sat Apr 17 2021
5

Great album from start to finish!

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

I’ve always loved Creedence. Especially their focus on the guitar as much as vocals. Great balance

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Mon May 24 2021
5

CCR is such an underrated band.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

Added a load of songs to my playlist. Love this album.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Omg I am so excited for this !

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

Man what a fantastic album. Bad Moon Rising, Lodi, and so much more. I love Fogerty and Creedence and always will.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
5

Un bon album rock. Leur meilleur. C’est bon du debut a la fin. 4.95

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Mon Aug 23 2021
5

Great CCR Album with their classic sound

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Sun Sep 12 2021
5

Know this album well. Every song is great 5/5.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

los de beste ontdekking hier. nog nooit van gehoord maar echt goed damn!

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

It's Creedence. Enough said.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

Excelent album. Best classic rock ever

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

Every album CCR recorded between 1968-1970 is solid fucking gold. In those 3 years they put out 6 albums! An average of 2 stone cold classics per year. This album is the apex of their most productive year, 1969. They were absolutely on fire here. I often shy away from rootsy music but John Fogerty oozes such authenticity and passion in every phrase that I can't help but fall under the spell. The playing is so tight and focused, but isn't overly technical or showy, so it comes across feeling very natural and relatable. These songs sound nearly timeless. Every one an anthem. It's almost as if they could be traditional folk and blues songs with bad-ass rock and roll arrangements. Hard to believe that, besides the final track, they came from the mind of a then 24 year old who was somehow able to channel and express what sounds like at least a century of experience and perspective. He didn't just catch lightning in a bottle here, he was a veritable musical lightning rod at this point.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
5

I love this band and always will

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

CCR are incredible. This started like a Greatest Hits album, but dropped marks for 2 awful instrumentals at the end. Then realised they aren't on the original album which climaxes with 'Night Time is the Right Time' (only on the Spotify album I linked to). They are pop/swamp/rock geniuses

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

The first track has an insane intro wow 2nd track has insane guitar part

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Quintessential 60s rock band makes an epic record. No surprises here.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

This album is the real deal.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

Amazing band. Amazing voice. Amazing album.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

One of my favs, lots of the non-hits on here that are still greats

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

This was an incredible album

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

Added with pleasure. Solid from end to end. Exactly the sort of album I'd expect on this list. Want to know why CCR is considered "classic rock"? Listen to this album.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

Love Creedence. This album lived up to expectations and then some.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

Swampy bayou rockabilly in the hands of a few men from the Bay Area translates incredibly well. John Fogerty’s voice has the perfect amount of grit and expressiveness and seems made for this type of music.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Just an all-round great rock album

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

an excellent album, and, astonishingly, one of three marvellous albums they released in 1969. great songs, fantastic vocals, well-played, tough, resonant and rooted in real life.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

The legend of Fogerty! What vocals, riffs, legendary songs, and pretty timeless production. This is a definitive road album.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

"Creedence" is a referent, I like this band. In this album, the best songs are "Green River", "Commotion", "Tombstone shadow", "Bad moon rising", "Lodi",...Oh, my God, all is very good!

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Great album with multiple classics

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

Short, simple, and swampy. I love it.

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Sat May 14 2022
5

Another solid CCR album. Do these guys no how to make anything other than GREAT music. Just a notch below my favourite; Willy and the Poor Boys. 5 🌟

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

I keep going back and forth on this one! I LOVE CCR, and the singles on this are amazing: “Bad Moon Rising” is “Bad Moon Rising”, and “Lodi” might be my favorite CCR song. With that said though, the non-singles are somewhat filler and don’t have the same energy as the hits. But hey, even a filler CCR track is great. 5 stars

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

Glorious. Makes me wanna go fight in Nam

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Love me some CCR, never disappointed when one of their tunes come up. This was a fun album, Fogerty and crew doing what they do best. There's something so accessible about their music, it fits in sitting quiet and relaxing but also on a road trip, or at a party or the bar. For the small time this band was together they really put out some great music and Green River is a solid sampling of what they can do.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

A solid, concise album! I love CCR's bluesy-rock combo and John Fogerty's growly voice. Every song was enjoyable!

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

5 star album from a 5 star band

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