Pendulum (Creedence Clearwater Revival album)

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Pendulum
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Pendulum.jpg
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
(1970)
Pendulum
(1970)
Mardi Gras
(1972)
Singles from Pendulum
  1. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" b/w "Hey Tonight"
    Released: January 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau A− link

Pendulum is the sixth studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released by Fantasy Records on December 7, 1970[1]—their second album release of that year. A single from the album, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"/"Hey Tonight", was released in January 1971.

Pendulum is their only album to 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".

Production[edit]

The album was recorded at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, and took a month to complete—an unusually long time for the band. On previous albums, the group had rehearsed songs before entering the studio. However, on Pendulum the members learned the songs in the studio.[2] The first take of a song was performed by the whole band,[3] with various members going in later for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal overdubs, including a horn section played entirely by John, as well as extensive use of keyboards by Stu and Doug.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John 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
  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

Personnel[edit]

Production

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
position
Australia Kent Music Report[4] 1
Australian Top 20 Albums[5] 1
Canadian 100 Albums[6] 2
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[7] 2
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[8] 1
UK Albums Chart[9] 8
US Billboard Top LPs[10] 5

Singles[edit]

Year Single Position
US Hot 100 UK Top 40
January
1971
"Have You Ever Seen The Rain"/
"Hey Tonight"
8 36

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[11] gold 20,000[11]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database" (PHP). Recording Industry Association of America. 
  2. ^ a b Hank Bordowitz (2007). Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated. p. 106-108. ISBN 978-1-55652-661-9. 
  3. ^ ‹See Tfm› Selvin, Joel (2008). Pendulum (Expanded Reissue) (PDF) (CD liner). Creedence Clearwater Revival. Beverly Hills, California, United States: Fantasy Records. FAN-30881-02. 
  4. ^ Kent, David. Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ "Go-Set Number one Albums". Pop Archives. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ "100 Albums". RPM. 14 (26). February 13, 1971. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Album Info: Pendulum by Creedence Clearwater Revival" (PHP). VG-lista (in Norwegian). Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Artist Chart History: Creedence Clearwater Revival". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival Album & Song Chart History: The 200". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Creedence Clearwater Revival" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 

External links[edit]

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