Pendulum (Creedence Clearwater Revival album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 9, 1970 (1970-12-09)[1]
RecordedNovember 1970
StudioWally Heider in San Francisco, California
ProducerJohn 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: December 1970[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[4]

Pendulum is the sixth studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released by Fantasy Records on December 9, 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 recorded 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 saxophone 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 an uncharacteristic venture into avant-garde psychedelia, the closing instrumental "Rude Awakening #2".


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.[5] The first take of a song was performed by the whole band,[6] with various members going in later for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal overdubs, including a saxophone section played entirely by John Fogerty, as well as extensive use of keyboards by Fogerty and Cook.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by John Fogerty.

Side one
1."Pagan Baby"6:25
2."Sailor's Lament"3:47
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
5."Rude Awakening #2" (instrumental)6:19
  • Sides one and two were combined as tracks 1–10 on CD reissues.
40th Anniversary Edition CD bonus tracks
11."45 Revolutions Per Minute (Part 1)"3:17
12."45 Revolutions Per Minute (Part 2)" (Tracks 11 and 12 are musique concrète tracks (in the vein of "Revolution 9"), including tongue-in-cheek interviews with band members)7:19
13."Hey Tonight" (Live in Hamburg September 17, 1971)2:30




Chart (1971) Peak
Australia Kent Music Report[8] 1
Australian Top 20 Albums[9] 1
Canadian 100 Albums[10] 2
Italian Top Albums[11] 3
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[12] 2
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[13] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 8
US Billboard Top LPs[15] 5


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[16] Gold 20,000[16]
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ a b "Billboard 19 dic 1970" (PHP). Billboard. Archived from the original on April 25, 2021. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 26, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Pendulum – Creedence Clearwater Revival". AllMusic. Archived from the original on November 18, 2020. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Archived from the original on April 13, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via
  5. ^ a b c Hank Bordowitz (2007). Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated. pp. 106–108. ISBN 978-1-55652-661-9.
  6. ^ Selvin, Joel (2008). Pendulum (Expanded Reissue) (PDF) (CD liner). Creedence Clearwater Revival. Beverly Hills, California, United States: Fantasy Records. FAN-30881-02. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 14, 2012.
  7. ^ Kitts, T M, 2015. John Fogerty: An American Son. 1st ed. U.S.A: Routledge. p. 30.
  8. ^ Kent, David. Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  9. ^ "Go-Set Number one Albums". Pop Archives. Archived from the original on August 24, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  10. ^ "100 Albums". RPM. 14 (26). February 13, 1971. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  11. ^ "Pendulum" (in Italian). FIMI. Archived from the original on January 17, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  12. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  13. ^ "Album Info: Pendulum by Creedence Clearwater Revival". VG-lista (in Norwegian). Archived from the original (PHP) on July 12, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  14. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  15. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival Album & Song Chart History: The 200". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  16. ^ a b "Creedence Clearwater Revival" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum". Recording Industry Association of America.

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