Green River (album)

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This article is about the album. For the title track of the album, see Green River (song). For the band of the same name, see Green River (band).
Green River
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River.jpg
Studio album by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Released August 3, 1969[1]
Recorded March - June 1969[2] at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, California[3]
Genre Roots rock, swamp rock, country rock
Length 29:25
Label Fantasy
Producer John Fogerty[4]
Creedence Clearwater Revival chronology
Bayou Country
Green River
Willy and the Poor Boys
Singles from Green River
  1. "Bad Moon Rising"/"Lodi"
    Released: April 1969[1]
  2. "Green River"/"Commotion"
    Released: July 1969[1]

Green River is the third studio album by American rock and roll band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released in August 1969 after their second release Bayou Country which was released in January of the same year (see 1969 in music). In 2003, the album was ranked number 95 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[5] It features two of the band's best-known songs, "Bad Moon Rising" and the title track. The album was remastered and reissued on 180 Gram Vinyl by Analogue Productions in 2006.


In January 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their second studio album Bayou Country and released their breakout single "Proud Mary" backed with "Born on the Bayou", which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1][6] Prior to recording their new album in March,[2] Creedence conducted a test session at the recently built Wally Heider Studios where they recorded three instrumental test tracks (two of which, "Broken Spoke Shuffle" and "Glory Be", are included in the 2008 remastered CD).[3] The recordings for Green River lasted until June.[2] While completing the forthcoming album the band issued two singles: "Bad Moon Rising" backed with "Lodi" and "Green River" backed with "Commotion", in April and July. Both reached #2 on the Billboard charts.[1]

In an interview given to Rolling Stone in 2012, Fogerty stated:

What really happened is that I used a setting like New Orleans, but I would actually be talking about things from my own life. Certainly a song like "Green River" – which you may think would fit seamlessly into the Bayou vibe, but it's actually about the Green River, as I named it – it was actually called Putah Creek by Winters, California. It wasn't called Green River, but in my mind I always sort of called it Green River. All those little anecdotes are part of my childhood, those are things that happened to me actually, I just wrote about them and the audience shifted at the time and place.[7]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[8]

Rolling Stone called it "a great album" with the reviewer further stating "they are now creating the most vivid American rock since Music from Big Pink".[9] Allmusic gave the album 5 stars (out of 5) with Stephen Thomas Erlewine stating: "If anything, CCR's third album Green River represents the full flower of their classic sound initially essayed on its predecessor, Bayou Country.[2]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Green River"   2:36
2. "Commotion"   2:44
3. "Tombstone Shadow"   3:39
4. "Wrote a Song for Everyone"   4:57
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Bad Moon Rising"   2:21
2. "Lodi"   3:13
3. "Cross-Tie Walker"   3:20
4. "Sinister Purpose"   3:23
5. "The Night Time Is the Right Time" (Napoleon "Nappy" Brown, Ozzie Cadena, Lew Herman) 3:09


Creedence Clearwater Revival[edit]




Year Chart Position
1969 Billboard R&B Albums #26[6]
Billboard 200 #1[6]
RPM Top Albums #2[11]
1970 UK Albums Chart #20[12]


Year Single Position
Billboard Hot 100[13] UK Singles Chart[14] RPM Top Singles
April 1969 "Bad Moon Rising" #2 #1 #5[15]
"Lodi" #52
July 1969 "Green River" #2 #19 #5[16]
"Commotion" #30
Preceded by
Blind Faith by Blind Faith
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 4–31, 1969
Succeeded by
Abbey Road by The Beatles


  1. ^ a b c d e Chronicle, Vol. 1 Fantasy Records Compact Disc Catalog #FCD-CCR2-2 Liner notes
  2. ^ a b c d e Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Green River (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 November 2004.
  3. ^ a b c d "Artist" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  4. ^ "John Fogerty Recordings". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  5. ^ Levy, Joe; Steven Van Zandt (2006) [2005]. "95 | Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival". Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (3rd ed.). London: Turnaround. ISBN 1-932958-61-4. OCLC 70672814. Retrieved 21 May 2006. 
  6. ^ a b c Creedence Clearwater Revival > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 November 2004.
  7. ^ Greene, Andy. Q&A: John Fogerty on All-Star Duets LP, Unlikely Creedence Reunion, Rolling Stone, May 4, 2012
  8. ^ Walters, Barry (October 2, 2008). "Creedence: Back to the Bayou". Rolling Stone (1062). p. 74. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  9. ^ Miroff, Bruce (October 18, 1969). "Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River > Album Review". Rolling Stone (44). Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Green River > Credits at AllMusic. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  11. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  12. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  13. ^ Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 November 2004.
  14. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  15. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  16. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 

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