Chronicle, Vol. 1

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Chronicle, Vol. 1
Creedence Clearwater Revival Chronicle.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedJanuary 1976 (1976-01)[1]
ProducerJohn Fogerty[2]
Creedence Clearwater Revival chronology
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Chronicle, Vol. 1
The Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival

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] The edited version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" featured on the album was simultaneously released as a single (see 1976 in music).[2]

Chronicle, Vol. 1 is a singles collection with 13 A-sides and seven B-sides. Unlike the two previously released Creedence Gold compilations, Chronicle Vol. 1 includes all of the group's charted hits. Chronicle, Vol. 2 was released in 1986, and features non-charting "classics" collected from the same albums as the songs on Vol. 1.

Certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America,[3] it is the best-selling album in the band's catalog. The compilation was ranked 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] It was re-released on vinyl in 2014 as a Limited Edition.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[6]
Blender5/5 stars[7]
Robert ChristgauA[8]
Rolling Stone5/5 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," saying it does not fit with the other songs on the collection.[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 tracks written by J. C. Fogerty, except where noted.

1."Susie Q (Part 1)" (Dale Hawkins, Stan Lewis, Eleanor Broadwater)Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968)4:36
2."I Put a Spell on You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)Creedence Clearwater Revival4:30
3."Proud Mary"Bayou Country (1969)3:07
4."Bad Moon Rising"Green River (1969)2:18
5."Lodi"Green River3:09
6."Green River"Green River2:32
7."Commotion"Green River2:41
8."Down on the Corner"Willy and the Poor Boys (1969)2:43
9."Fortunate Son"Willy and the Poor Boys2:18
10."Travelin' Band"Cosmo's Factory (1970)2:07
11."Who'll Stop the Rain"Cosmo's Factory2:27
12."Up Around the Bend"Cosmo's Factory2:41
13."Run Through the Jungle"Cosmo's Factory3:05
14."Lookin' Out My Back Door"Cosmo's Factory2:31
15."Long as I Can See the Light"Cosmo's Factory3:32
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 Factory3:52
17."Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"Pendulum (1970)2:38
18."Hey Tonight"Pendulum2:41
19."Sweet Hitch-Hiker"Mardi Gras (1972)2:55
20."Someday Never Comes"Mardi Gras3:59
Total length:67:33


Per liner notes[2]


Year Chart Peak
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


Region Certification
Argentina (CAPIF)[20] Gold
Australia (ARIA)[21] 5× 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] 10× Platinum


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  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.
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  15. ^ "Irish Music Charts Archive: Top 75 Artist Album, Week Ending May 8, 2008". GfK. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
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  18. ^ "Top of the Shops – službena tjedna lista prodanih albuma u Hrvatskoj". (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 – 2016 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  22. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2009". Ultratop. Hung Medien. 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. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Chronicle in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.