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Rock Hall Anniversary: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Green River

Eight months after releasing their breakthrough album Bayou Country, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their third album Green River in August 1969.

Again produced by frontman John Fogerty, the album was recorded just two months after the release of their second album, and it was the band’s first number one album. It knocked Blind Faith's sole album from the top of the Billboard 200 for a four-week stay, and sent two singles to number two on the Hot 100; “Bad Moon Rising” (which also became CCR’s first and only number one UK single) and the title track. Also charting were tracks “Lodi” (number 52) and “Commotion” (number 30).

Upon release, Green River was well received by critics. A review in Rolling Stone had called the music “the most vivid American rock since the Band’s 1968 debut Music From Big Pink. Allmusic’s stated it represented “the full flower of their classic sound”. They had also mentioned that unlike CCR’s first two albums which had a few five-minute jams, Green River was more tighter, and all but one song clocked in under four minutes. In addition to album’s hits including “Bad Moon Rising” and “Lodi”, other key tracks included “Tombstone Shadow” a cover of the rhythm and blues standard “Night Time Is the Right Time” and “Wrote a Song for Everyone” (the only track to clock in over four minutes).

In addition to being CCR’s first number one album, Green River would also go on to be certified triple platinum. The album was later remastered in 2006, and reissued on 180 Gram Vinyl by Analouge Productions.