Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (1969) [SACD 2002]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans included | 1,19 GB
SACD-ISO PS3 Rip to FLAC 2.0 | 24 bit / 88,2 kHz | 28:58 min | Scans included | 588 MB
Analogue Productions # CAPJ 8393 SA
Released in August 1969, a month before Woodstock, Green River is utterly of its time, a throwback to early rock’n’roll, and a visionary work that imagines the world yet to come. The album has to be of its time, because with a string of remarkable hits, Creedence Clearwater Revival helped shape its era. The singles here “Green River,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Lodi,” and “Commotion” define the everyday quality of the band’s music, the melodies and rhythms you seem to have known forever before you’ve heard them all the way through once.
If anything, CCR’s third album Green River represents the full flower of their classic sound initially essayed on its predecessor, Bayou Country. One of the differences between the two albums is that Green River is tighter, with none of the five-minute-plus jams that filled out both their debut and Bayou Country, but the true key to its success is a peak in John Fogerty’s creativity. Although CCR had at least one cover on each album, they relied on Fogerty to crank out new material every month. He was writing so frequently that the craft became second-nature and he laid his emotions and fears bare, perhaps unintentionally. Perhaps that’s why Green River has fear, anger, dread, and weariness creeping on the edges of gleeful music. This was a band that played rock & roll so joyously that they masked the, well, “sinister” undercurrents in Fogerty’s songs. “Bad Moon Rising” has the famous line “Hope you’ve got your things together/Hope you’re quite prepared to die,” but that was only the most obvious indication of Fogerty’s gloom. Consider all the other dark touches: the “Sinister purpose knocking at your door”; the chaos of “Commotion”; the threat of death in “Tombstone Shadow”; you only return to the idyllic “Green River” once you get lost and realize the “world is smolderin’.” Even the ballads have a strong melancholy undercurrent, highlighted by “Lodi,” where Fogerty imagines himself stuck playing in dead-end towns for the rest of his life. Not the typical thoughts of a newly famous rock & roller, but certainly an indication of Fogerty’s inner tumult. For all its darkness, Green River is ultimately welcoming music, since the band rocks hard and bright and the melancholy feels comforting, not alienating.
01. Green River
03. Tombstone Shadow
04. Wrote A Song For Everyone
05. Bad Moon Rising
07. Cross-Tie Walker
08. Sinister Purpose
09. The Night Time Is The Right Time