July 13, 2022 Playlist

"Green River" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)

Creedence Clearwater Revival "Green River"  1969 (USA)
This week's classic album features yet another legendary singer / songwriter / guitar player from California: John Fogerty. Because his music has always been associated with Americana and "swamp rock", and his band sounded like they could have come from the South, few people realize that Fogerty and CCR actually originated in Berkeley, California where they were part of the same Bay Area scene as The DeadJeffersons, Country Joe, Quicksilver and Big Brother! Creedence was massively popular for a few years, cranking out new studio albums every few months, with every album containing a handful of Top 10 hit singles that are still among the most "classic of classic rock" to this very day. The songs you've heard a million times on this album are "Bad Moon Rising" (ultimate Americana rock) and "Lodi" (ultimate weary musician on the road ballad). The title track "Green River" (featuring their trademark swamp rock sound) and "Commotion" (souped-up rockabilly social commentary) were also hit singles. Their next classic album Willy & The Poor Boys came out three months later! The CCR train choogled on to ever higher heights from late 1968 through 1970, then the wheels fell off for their final 1972 album Mardi Gras: John provided a final hit for the band ("Sweet Hitch-hiker") but otherwise phoned it in, and he even made Stu Cook and Doug Clifford (never singers on their previous albums!) do MOST of the lead vocals! Fogerty then made The Blue Ridge Rangers solo album in 1973, which oddly features zero original songs and is basically a country covers album. He did make a brief comeback in the 1980's (remember that baseball song?) and I think he has played the "state fairs and casinos oldies circuit" over the years. It's pretty amazing how non-relevant this legendary musician has been for most of his life, considering what a rock icon he was 50 years ago!
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
TrafficHeaven Is In Your MindMr. Fantasy1967UK
Quicksilver Messenger ServiceFresh AirJust For Love1970USA
Crosby Stills & NashMarrakesh ExpressCrosby Stills & Nash1969USA/UK
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Gateway Of LoveToast (N - previously unreleased album)2001 (2022 Reprise)Canada/USA
The Black Keys For The Love Of MoneyDropout Boogie (N)
2022 (Nonesuch)USA
The Mars Volta Graveyard Lovesingle (N)2022 (Clouds Hill)USA
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets Sherbet StrawsNight Gnomes (N)2022 (What Reality?)Australia
Gnome Platypus PlatoonKing (N)2022 (Polderrecords)Belgium
50 Foot Wave Broken SugarBlack Pearl (N)2022 (Fire)USA
Creedence Clearwater RevivalGreen RiverGreen River
Creedence Clearwater RevivalTombstone ShadowGreen River
Creedence Clearwater RevivalWrote A Song For EveryoneGreen River
Tom JonesLodi (Creedence Clearwater Revival)I Who Have Nothing1970UK (Wales)
The Blue Ridge Rangers (John Fogerty)Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (Hank Williams Sr.)The Blue Ridge Rangers1973USA
Creedence Clearwater RevivalI Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye)Cosmo's Factory1970USA
Kikagaku Moyo ("Geometric Patterns") Dancing BlueKumoyo Island (N)2022 (Guruguru Brain)Japan
Anteloper One Living GenusPink Dolphins (N)2022 (International Anthem)USA
Matmos If All Things Were Turned to Smoke ∕ Gdyby wszystko stało się dymemRegards​/​Ukłony dla Bogusław Schaeffer (N)2022 (Thrill Jockey)USA
Dr. Patrick GleesonSaturn (Gustav Holst) Beyond The Sun: An Electronic Portrait Of Holst's The Planets1976USA
VangelisSymphony To The Powers B, part III
(theme from Carl Sagan's TV show "Cosmos")
Heaven And Hell1975Greece
Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity ArkestraAtlantisAtlantis1969USA
Sun Ra & His Myth Science ArkestraInterstellar Low WaysInterstellar Low Waysrec. 1960, rel. 1967USA
Gabor SzaboSummer Breeze (Seals & Croft)Mizrab1973Hungary/USA

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