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Smile

Ride Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (23 Nov 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Creation
  • ASIN: B00002483J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,334 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Ride' and 'Play' collected 8 Mar 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
'Smile' was originally released in 1991 on import, collecting together Ride's first two e.p.'s released on Creation records in 1990 - 'Ride' and 'Play.'
These were both fantastic e.p.'s - a format that was destroyed in this country when the BPI hit on the notion of three-track singles in the late 90s (...I wonder why singles sales have reduced???). The 'Ride' e.p. opens with 'Chelsea Girl', a bursting pop-thrash that collides early House of Love with the feedback excess of My Bloody Valentine - the title I assume nods to the Nico album of the same name? Next up is one of Ride's greatest songs and a live favourite - 'Drive Blind' - which sounds like a collision of 'Autobahn' (lyrically), Black Sabbath, 'Pictures of Matchstick Men' and Sonic Youth. The feedback section in the middle got extended more and more as live shows went on resulting in the 'Motorway Madness' sequence that almost appeared on 'Going Blank Again.'
'All I Can See' again recalls the early work of the House of Love, perhaps with a hint of Echo & the Bunnymen's 'Heaven Up Here'? The 'Ride' e.p. and first half of 'Smile' concluding on 'Close My Eyes', a song that was dropped at some point in 1990 but found itself resurrected for the Reading 1992 set (see the 'OX4' box-set) and at Ride's Royal Albert Hall concert circa 'Carnival of Light.' 'Close My Eyes' is a gorgeous song, one to comedown from after partying ("Last night I had such a good time...but there's a price to pay") - a soundtrack to those teen years where things become wild and you feel slightly immortal. As naively lovely as Beat Happening's 'Indian Summer' & something of a mantra as Andy Bell and Mark Gardener repeat "...to close my eyes..." as the band fire up a storm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not phazed in the first. 27 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
In the beginning there was Smile, and it was good. Charting the reasonably short lived pop phenomenon of dream pop can be a hit and miss affair, but for those discerning ears and eclectic tastes there can be only one band that encapsulates the feel, the ability and the power of the early 90's guitar bands. Ride.
Smile is not really an album and actually represents a compilation of their first two Creation EP's. The CD kicks off with 'Chelsea Girl', an excellent hook driven song that gets the head nodding from the start. Next up the masterful 'Drive Blind'. The song that many Ride fans would class as the best track the band ever penned. A guitar line of harmonic grace that sears through your mind and blows apart once the dynamics of the tracks kicks in a few bars later. This is truly a classic of timeless proportions. Track 4, 'Close my eyes', is the personal favourite here. Lyrics that tell an all too familiar story, guitars that cut and soothe at the same time and harmonies that lift through verse to a hypnotic ending. 'Like a day dream', was the first track from the second Ride EP, which crashes in with mind-blowing power and demonstrates the professional use of timing and dynamics that set the band apart from it's peers.
The 8 Track mini-album closes with the sweet refrain of 'Perfect Time', leaving the listener with a satisfied and complete hunger to acquaint themselves with more of the Oxford four-pieces' work.
Indeed many musicians would puzzle over how a relatively inexperienced and innocent band could produce such a mature and proficient recording on their first trip out?
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5.0 out of 5 stars sweet adolescence suffering 9 Dec 2001
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what a marvellous bunch of dreamers Ride were. this minialbum represents their personality at the top. sweet, out of time and sufferings, they weren't fresh and joyfull but youth and gloomy. Songs like close my eyes and drive blind are so claustrofobic and massive that you can imagine them well aware of their strenght. althouth the press descrebed them as blank and impersonal this albun shows that they had the idea of what they were building. they wanted to go nowhere and their music (hear chelsea girl)represents the caos of the new psychedelic wave, something very difficult to manege with, something pure and hard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars joyous doom and gloom! 11 Jan 2002
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this is a great start for ride,my top tracks are drive blind(best ever),close my eyes,chelsea girl and furthest sense.the guitar playing is exciting and drums crashing.it is a fairly demoish sounding mix but in a way it adds to the whole experience.chill out with this album!
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