Music Suggestions: Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival
I still haven’t figured out how to buy part of Rangers FC. I’m working on it. Apparently, the Robin Hood App only allows you to trade on the New York Stock Exchange. I haven’t given up though despite this small hiccup. I will become a partial owner of the most fiscally irresponsible franchise in sports. It will happen.
I still don’t want to talk about music. I know. The new logo is a guitar and the website is named the Alternative Gazette and there is absolutely no music talk on here. Listen guy, this is my website. I can talk about whatever I want.
That said, let’s talk some music. I went to the record store a few weeks ago and found a bunch of great albums for only $4 a piece. If you don’t listen to vinyl then you should just download these albums and listen to them start to finish. Today, We’ll talk about Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival. I found this one in the bargain bin and immediately bought it over the Night Ranger album that I had found. The deal was to buy two and get the third for free, so obviously I wasn’t going to buy a fourth record.
Creedence Clearwater Revival is in the category of bands whos names I didn’t know, but have songs that I recognize. If you have never heard the name CCR, then I bet you have heard a few of their songs like Bad Moon Rising or Fortunate Son. They feel unavoidable, but the band themselves always felt obscure to me. I recognized the song, but never anything else.
I started to listen to CCR in college. I downloaded a few songs from their greatest hit album and heavily featured them in my music rotation. That was the extent of my CCR knowledge until I stumbled across Green River on vinyl. I knew I liked some of their songs and recognized the album’s cover art, so I bought it. I also bought Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton, Travelin’ by Tommy James and the Shondells, and Get the Knack by the Knack. I still have not spun the Knack album, but I have spun the others and they are all great. Yes, I do realize that that added up to 4 albums. My friend had an extra free album because she only bought 5. Numbers are for nerds. Stop looking into things so closely. We’re here to talk CCR not continuity errors in my story!
Anyway Green River. I knew that I liked CCR, but I had no idea what to expect when I purchased the record. I went home and immediately spun the album in its entirety. I was not disappointed. Every song on the album sounded awesome, which sent me down a CCR rabbit hole. Now I’ve played three of their albums in their entirety and can safely say that I am a fan.
Green River, published in 1969, features hit songs such as “Lodi” and “Bad Moon Rising” and also contains lesser-known gems such as “Green River,” “Wrote a Song for Everyone,” and “Tombstone Shadow.” The album was the bands second of three albums released within a year, which is amazing given its quality. All three of those albums are incredible, which confuses me beyond belief. Most bands take years between albums and these guys cranked out three hit albums in one year. They must have dominated the radio that year.
Anyway, CCR is an awesome blues-rock band and Green River is now easily one of my favorite albums of theirs. You should download it on Apple Music if you haven’t heard it. It will not disappoint.