Pendulum (Creedence Clearwater Revival album)

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Studio album by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Released December 7, 1970 (1970-12-07)[1]
Recorded November 1970 at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, California
Genre Roots rock, blues rock, swamp rock, country rock
Length 40:56
Label Fantasy
Producer John Fogerty
Creedence Clearwater Revival chronology
Cosmo's Factory
Mardi Gras
Singles from Pendulum
  1. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" b/w "Hey Tonight"
    Released: January 1971 (1971-01)
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Pendulum is the sixth studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), released by Fantasy Records on December 7, 1970[1]—their second album release of that year (see 1970 in music). A single from the album, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"/"Hey Tonight", was released in January 1971.

Pendulum was the only album by CCR that did not contain any cover songs; all tracks were written by John Fogerty. It was the last album the band did with Tom Fogerty, who would leave the band to start a solo career. It was also the last album to feature John Fogerty as the record's sole producer.

The most sonically adventurous CCR album, Pendulum is noted for its widespread use of horns and keyboards, in contrast to the group's previous albums, which were dominated by guitar. Among several lesser-known Fogerty songs ("Pagan Baby", "Sailor's Lament", "It's Just a Thought", "Born to Move") were two top-ten hits, "Hey Tonight" and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?". Both songs reached number eight in 1971. It also contains their only avant-garde venture, "Rude Awakening #2".


Like most CCR albums, the songs on Pendulum were rehearsed at "the Factory" (as in Cosmo's Factory) in Berkeley, California and were recorded at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco. Producing the album was John Fogerty. The album took about a month to complete, a long time for the band. The reason for this was Fogerty's insistence on the horn section (which he played himself), the keyboards, and backing vocals. The first take of a song was performed by all four members with John going in later for the vocal and additional instrument overdubs.[2] The album was remastered and reissued on 180 gram vinyl by Analogue Productions in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by J. C. Fogerty.

Side one
  1. "Pagan Baby" – 6:25
  2. "Sailor's Lament" – 3:47
  3. "Chameleon" – 3:05
  4. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" – 2:39
  5. "(Wish I Could) Hideaway" – 3:53
Side two
  1. "Born to Move" – 5:39
  2. "Hey Tonight" – 2:43
  3. "It's Just a Thought" – 3:45
  4. "Molina" – 2:41
  5. "Rude Awakening #2" – 6:19

40th Anniversary Edition CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "45 Revolutions Per Minute (Part 1)" – 3:17
  2. "45 Revolutions Per Minute (Part 2)" – 7:19
  3. "Hey Tonight" (Live in Hamburg September 17, 1971) – 2:30




Chart (1971) Peak
Australia Kent Music Report[3] 1
Australian Top 20 Albums[4] 1
Canadian 100 Albums[5] 2
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[6] 2
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[7] 1
UK Albums Chart[8] 8
US Billboard 200[9] 5


Year Single Position
Pop Singles UK Top 40
"Have You Ever Seen The Rain"/
"Hey Tonight"
#8 #36


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[10] gold 20,000[10]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database" (PHP). Recording Industry Association of America. 
  2. ^ Selvin, Joel (2008). Pendulum (Expanded Reissue) (CD liner). Creedence Clearwater Revival. Beverly Hills, California, United States: Fantasy Records. FAN-30881-02. 
  3. ^ Kent, David. Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ "Go-Set Number one Albums". Pop Archives. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "100 Albums". RPM 14 (26). February 13, 1971. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Album Info: Pendulum by Creedence Clearwater Revival" (PHP). VG-lista (in Norwegian). Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Artist Chart History: Creedence Clearwater Revival". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival Album & Song Chart History: The 200". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:

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Preceded by
Abraxas by Santana
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
March 1–21, 1971
Succeeded by
All Things Must Pass by George Harrison