#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its worst, it is a journey through the history of music that the majority see as important, influential, and/or relevant. If nothing else, these albums are worth experiencing at least once to get a better understanding of music, which is why we are working to complete all #315Albums.
“[Green River is] a great album, [and Creedence Clearwater Revival] are now creating the most vivid American rock since Music from Big Pink.”
Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Album: Green River
Rolling Stones Ranking: 95*
I am just now beginning to discover how great a band Creedence Clearwater Revival is. I know a good handful of their songs, but never realized it. On Green River, I recognized two singles – “Bad Moon Rising” and the titular “Green River” – and these hold up as excellent songs. I can’t say that the rest of the album had much of an impact of me, though. Sure, it was good. Quite good, even. But it didn’t really stand out from other rock albums I have heard from this era. I would love to own this on vinyl, and give it another spin at some point in the future, but it isn’t a priority.
* – Here is where things start to get interesting. Rolling Stone’s original list was published in 2003, and that is what this journey is based off of. They edited this list in 2012, and at that point, today’s album became one of the 38 albums removed from the list entirely. I am including the original list number when we come across instances like this, marked with an asterisk. If there is not an “*” next to the number, that means that the current (2012) ranking is listed.
Image and quote courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.