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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2003
The CD comprises the eponymous first album and its successor, a mini LP titled ‘Explosions in the Glass Palace’, which makes up the last 5 tracks. David Roback doesn’t feature on the latter, yet it is this 5 track set which represents the band at their most awesome, including the smouldering A Broken Horse and the astonishing closer No Easy Way Down, a landmark track in the history of rock with its oriental chord sequences coming at you full tilt from guitar, organ and strings. By comparison some of the stuff on the first album is a little lacklustre, although there are many highlights here too. ‘I look around’ is the first example of the trademark ornamented guitar hook, a sound which reaches final fruition on ‘No Easy Way Down’. The dreamy ‘Carolyn’s Song’ and the playful ‘Saturday’s Asylum’ are among the other standout tracks.
Whether this is anything like the kind of music Pink Floyd would have made if Syd Barrett hadn’t had his breakdown I can’t judge. Whether R.E.M.’s ‘You’, which closes ‘Monster’, is an affectionate nod to the Rain Parade seems beyond doubt to these ears. This set represents the best of this fabulous band – buy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Rain Parade along with the Dream Syndicate and Green on Red, were at the fore front of the Paisley Underground movement in the early/mid eighties. The references are clear, dollop of Byrds, early Floyd and mix in a little of the Seeds and Electric Prunes and let stand for a while! 'Explosions' was a mini-album released after 'Third Rail' but they are complimentary to each other. I was lucky enough to see them live and they delivered the goods superbly.
'This can't be today' and 'No Easy Way Down' are the stand out tracks but I can't fault any of the tracks as psychedelic classics. One thing on 'Third Rail' which does let it down a touch, is the rather weak production where occasionally you get the feeling you're hearing the band from a distance. Still, put on 'No Easy Way Down' at volume and listen to a band at their peak. Top stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2003
The CD comprises the eponymous first album and its successor, a mini LP titled ‘Explosions in the Glass Palace’, which makes up the last 5 tracks. David Roback doesn’t feature on the latter, yet it is this 5 track set which represents the band at their most awesome, including the smouldering A Broken Horse and the astonishing closer No Easy Way Down, a landmark track in the history of rock with its oriental chord sequences coming at you full tilt from guitar, organ and strings. By comparison some of the stuff on the first album is a little lacklustre, although there are many highlights here too. ‘I look around’ is the first example of the trademark ornamented guitar hook, a sound which reaches final fruition on ‘No Easy Way Down’. The dreamy ‘Carolyn’s Song’ and the adventurous ‘Saturday’s Asylum’ are among the other standout tracks.
Whether this is the music Pink Floyd would have made if Syd Barrett hadn’t had his breakdown is not for me to judge. Whether R.E.M.’s ‘You’, which closes ‘Monster’, is an affectionate nod to the Rain Parade seems beyond doubt to these ears. This set represents the best of this fabulous band – buy!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Rain Parade are well known as the best of the 'paisley underground' bands, who combined Us Punk Rock influences with those of psychedelia in early 80s LA.
This CD combines their first album and a mini-LP and would be enjoyed by anyone who likes the idea of Television meeting The Byrds, or for anyone too young to consider such groups unhip, The Stone Roses crossed with The Doors in their lighter moments (witness 'No Easy Way Down' for the Kreiger/Manzarek influences).
However, better versions of several of the songs on here can be found (or could be if the record company would get around to reissuing it) on 'Beyond The Sunset', their live in Japan album from 1984 that sees the group putting a bit more life into the playing, not to mention members of Green On Red guesting on the Parade's version of the GOR classic 'Cheap Wine', which is a brilliant song. Are you listening record companies - get 'beyond The Sunset' out on CD again PLEASE !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2014
I am Sid Griffin, I was in the Long Ryders and we were in the Paisley Underground with the Rain Parade back in the 1980s. I am pretty sure I heard every platter from every PU band back then and, in my opinion, Explosions In The Glass Palace is and will forever be the BEST recording from a PU band be it us, the Dream Syndicate, the Bangles, the Three O'Clock or whomever. Yep, Explosions In The Glass Palace.

Emergency Third Rail Power Trip is a winner too. You need to own this music, you really do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2009
The review title says it all. I had this/these on vinyl when they came out and they blew me away. My favourite is Emergency Third rail Power Trip which contains some of the best stuff ever my ears have ever heard.
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