My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original Album is tracks 1-9, but check out the bonus track “Glory Be” for a killer instrumental.
Brief Background: Green River was recorded in early to mid 1969 and was released in August of the same year. This is the second of three albums CCR would put out in 1969.
What I think: Coming in at under 30 minutes this is Creedence being tight and to the point and their isn’t a bad moment here. It starts with two of my favorite CCR songs in “Green River” and “Commotion”, which are perfectly written and executed swamp rock songs. “Wrote a Song for Everyone” closes out the first side it what could easily have been five minutes of sentimental garbage, but ends up being a really heartfelt ballad. Side two again starts with two amazing specimens in “Bad Moon Rising” and “Lodi” that make you want to just keep flipping the record over and over again. And each time I do that I hear a cool guitar part in some song I hadn’t really noticed or dig a drum fill that I missed before. By the way, this Creedence drum sound is my favorite sound of any artist. I love how it almost sounds like he’s pounding away at a cheap kids set… it just comes from the sound being raw. Before I got into them, I really liked a super big and compressed drum sound. These guys changed all of that.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This is Number two in a string of four amazing albums (three that would be released in 1969) that just show the roll these guys were on for this brief period of time.
Rating (Out of 5): 4.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album?No (37/150)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 75%