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The first two classic e.p.'s,
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The e.p. is now a dead form, thanks to record companies pressure to reduce the amount of tracks & duration of a 12"/cd single to 20 minutes.
Ride came from an era when the EP/single was vital: Stone Roses, MBV, Cocteau Twins, The Smiths and these e.p.'s are great works in themselves.
The 'Ride' ep opens with 'Chelsea Girl' (which I imagine to be an allusion to the Warhol film/Nico record rather than Simple Minds song/high street clothes shop), a tuneful guitar thrash "taking you for a ride...". Think of 'Destroy the Heart' meets 'You Made Me Realise' and you're close...'Drive Blind' is next and offers a classic riff- as good as The Smiths 'How Soon is Now?' or anything on Screaming Trees 'Dust'. It's lyrics are like Kraftwerk's 'Autobahn', only stoned and assimilated by waves of feedback. Possibly Ride's best song, delivering that aching melancholy as moments seem to pass...'All I can See' sounds very Bunnymen, if they had heard 'Isn't Anything?' and is followed by the sublime 'Close my Eyes'. This song is very concerned with the end- of a day? of a moment? of good and bad times?- it ends possibly the best debut ever!
The final tracks are from Spring 1990's 'Play', which flirted with Smiths/Wildean imagery. 'Like a Daydream' was described as The Byrds covered by Husker Du and is great as ever. 'Silver' is a gloomy number, a fragile song in the mode of 'All I need' (MBV) & 'Just like Honey' (Mary Chain). 'Furthest Sense' brings a pulse back to proceedings with an aching bassline- and 'Perfect Time' ends it all with a 'Chelsea Girl'/'Bluebird' sonic thrash...
And there you have it, two classic e.p.'s...a great historical document featuring the best song of all time, 'Drive Blind'.
Purchase. Play. Smile...