Chronicle, Vol. 1

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Chronicle, Vol. 1
Greatest hits album by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Released January 1976 (1976-01)[1]
Recorded 1968–1971
Genre Roots rock, swamp rock
Length 67:33
Label Fantasy
Producer John Fogerty[2]
Creedence Clearwater Revival chronology
More Creedence Gold
(June 1973)
Chronicle, Vol. 1
(January 1976)
The Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival
(1977)

Chronicle, Vol. 1, also known as Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits, is a greatest hits album by the American swamp rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was released in January 1976 by Fantasy Records,[1] at the same time as the single release of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" from the album (see 1976 in music).[2]

Chronicle, Vol. 1 is a singles collection with thirteen A-sides and seven B-sides. Compared to the two previously released Creedence Gold compilations, Chronicle Vol. 1 includes all of the group's charted hits.

It is the best-selling album in the band's catalog, making 8x multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[3] The compilation was ranked at number 59 in the updated version of Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of all time.[4] It has sold 6,357,000 copies in the US since 1991 when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[6]
Blender 5/5 stars[7]
Robert Christgau A[8]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[9]

For his review of Chronicle for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that the album was suitably compiled, but he did not like how the Compact Disc reissue had the full-length version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" because it does not fit with the other songs on the album.[6] Blender magazine's review called Chronicle, Vol. 1 the group's best compilation.[7] Robert Christgau called the album a good starting-point for Creedence fans.[8][9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by J. C. Fogerty, except where noted. 

No. Title Album Length
1. "Susie Q" (Dale Hawkins, Stan Lewis, Eleanor Broadwater) Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968) 4:36
2. "I Put a Spell on You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968) 4:30
3. "Proud Mary"   Bayou Country (1969) 3:07
4. "Bad Moon Rising"   Green River (1969) 2:18
5. "Lodi"   Green River (1969) 3:09
6. "Green River"   Green River (1969) 2:32
7. "Commotion"   Green River (1969) 2:41
8. "Down on the Corner"   Willy and the Poor Boys (1969) 2:43
9. "Fortunate Son"   Willy and the Poor Boys (1969) 2:18
10. "Travelin' Band"   Cosmo's Factory (1970) 2:07
11. "Who'll Stop the Rain"   Cosmo's Factory (1970) 2:27
12. "Up Around the Bend"   Cosmo's Factory (1970) 2:41
13. "Run Through the Jungle"   Cosmo's Factory (1970) 3:05
14. "Lookin' Out My Back Door"   Cosmo's Factory (1970) 2:31
15. "Long As I Can See the Light"   Cosmo's Factory (1970) 3:32
16. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong (vinyl and cassette releases; CD version features the full 11:06 version)) Cosmo's Factory (1970) 3:52
17. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"   Pendulum (1970) 2:38
18. "Hey Tonight"   Pendulum (1970) 2:41
19. "Sweet Hitch-Hiker"   Mardi Gras (1972) 2:55
20. "Someday Never Comes"   Mardi Gras (1972) 3:59
Total length:
67:33

Personnel[edit]

Per liner notes[2]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak
position
1976 German Albums Chart[10] 50
1980 New Zealand Albums Chart[11] 2
1991 Dutch Albums Chart[12] 70
2007 Norwegian Albums Chart[13] 40
2007 Swedish Albums Chart[14] 59
2008 Irish Albums Chart[15] 72
2009 Australian Albums Chart[16] 22
2009 US Catalog Albums[17] 1
2010 US Digital Albums[17] 2
2012 Croatian Albums Chart[18] 36
2012 Italian Albums Chart[19] 98
2012 US Billboard 200[17] 52

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Argentina (CAPIF)[20] Gold
Australia (ARIA)[21] 2× Platinum
Belgium (BEA)[22] Gold
Canada (Music Canada)[23] Gold
Germany (BVMI)[24] Gold
New Zealand (RMNZ)[25] Gold
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold
United States (RIAA)[3] 8× Platinum

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Creedence Clearwater Revival Lyrics Tablatures MP3 Tab Discography Albums Guitar". Creedence Online. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits (CD booklet). Creedence Clearwater Revival. U.S.A.: Fantasy Records. 1991. FCD-CCR2-2. 
  3. ^ a b "American certifications – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chronicle, Vol. 1". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ Paul Grein (June 5, 2013). "Week Ending June 2, 2013. Albums: The Return Of John Fogerty". Yahoo Music (Chart Watch). Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Chronicle, Vol. 1 – Creedence Clearwater Revival: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Chronicle, Vol. I". blender.com. Alpha Media Group. Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "CG: Creedence". Robert Christgau. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Creedence Clearwater Revival: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Album – Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chronicle – The 20 Greatest Hits". charts.de (in German). Media Control. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle – The 20 Greatest Hits". charts.org.nz. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle – The 20 Greatest Hits". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  13. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle – The 20 Greatest Hits". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle – The 20 Greatest Hits". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Irish Music Charts Archive: Top 75 Artist Album, Week Ending May 8, 2008". chart-track.co.uk. GfK. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  16. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle – The 20 Greatest Hits". australian-charts.com. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c "Creedence Clearwater Revival – Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Top of the Shops – službena tjedna lista prodanih albuma u Hrvatskoj". hdu-toplista.com (in Croatian). Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Classifiche". FIMI (in Italian). Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Discos de Oro y Platino". CAPIF (in Spanish). Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. 
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2009". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle". Music Canada. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Creedence Clearwater Revival; 'Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum Albums". RadioScope. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. 
  26. ^ "British album certifications – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 10, 2012.  Enter Chronicle in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go