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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0007735BC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Son of Mustang Ford
  2. Places Over The Skyline
  3. The Birds
  4. Duel
  5. Why Say Yeah
  6. Scrawl And Sceam
  7. Rave Down
  8. How Does It Feel To Look Like Candy?
  9. Blowin' Cool
  10. The Other Jesus
  11. Juggernaut Rides
  12. For Seeking Heat
  13. These Times
  14. The Hitcher
  15. My Zephyr (Sequel)
  16. Last Train To Satansville
  17. Kill The Superheroes
  18. Behind The Scenes Of The Sounds And The Times
  19. Never Lose That Feeling

Disc: 2

  1. 99th Dream
  2. Sandblasted
  3. Maelstrom
  4. 93 Million Miles From The Sun And Counting
  5. Ejector Seat Reservation
  6. Over
  7. Duress
  8. Mars
  9. Neon Lights Glow
  10. Sci-Flyer
  11. Cars Converge On Paris
  12. Deep Seat
  13. Just Sometimes (Song Of Laughter And Forgetting)
  14. Son Of Mustang Ford (1989 Demo)

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Swervedriver were one of the great indie rock acts of the very late 80's-90's. Their early releases (the first 3 eps on Creation) were instant classics. Mark Gardner, singer of fello creation band, Ride, apparently passed on their demo to the head of Creation.
After the first eps, came Raise. A beautiful album, but somewhat poorly produced in my opinion. It featured a few tracks from the eps, but they felt muted compared to the early takes. I saw them live (Must have been about '91?) at a local club in essex, and they were amazing!! Compared to the shoegaze stuff around at the time, it was quite refreshing.
To me, this is when Swervedriver were at their best. Course, their second album was phenomenal aswell. "Never loose that feeling/never learn" is still one of my all time favourite tracks. (unfortunately, it is only the edited single version on this release)
After various line up changes they pretty much started to go down hill from there. They began to experiment with different sounds, and the rock seemed to disappear. I am sure they had to evolve in some way, but to me they just lost their appeal. Still way better than the other indie bands around at that time like Blur and Oasis, though. Fortunately, or unfortunately for them, they never became part of the brit-pop scene.
Down to this release. Why only 4 stars? As I prefer the older tracks, it would have been nice to see more of the early ep tracks on here, all remastered. I am glad that the tracks from Raise sound quite fresh, but could have done with more.
If Swervedriver are new to you, and at the price this is, this is a great place to start. If you love them, I mean really get into them, then have fun searching for their old releases!!!
e-bay here we come... ; )
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This compilation confirms the timless quality of a band that time seems to have almost forgotten. I really didn't realise how old some of my favourite tracks were until I bought this & re-lived the classics.

The 2 discs span a career of a band who were as unlucky as they were brilliant. Lawsuits, lineup changes, shifting music trends & AWOL band members all led to the demise of this truly inspiring band. The early stuff is the best. Their later material is still good but they lost much of the energy that set them apart from the Shoegazing crowd. I think they are more akin to Sonic Youth or early Soundgarden than their British contemporaries. It's a shame we weren't given more from the early incarnations of the band. That material is hard to find & expensive to buy too. Plus, the full version of 'Never Lose That Feeling' would have been nice. However, it's great to have the demo version of 'Son Of Mustang Ford' and some other rare tracks.

Altogether an excellent compilation.
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New album coming....
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HASH(0x91fa39c0) out of 5 stars a nearly perfect collection of goodies 25 April 2005
By J. Young - Published on Amazon.com
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There is no middle ground with Swervedriver fans. You either haven't heard of them or you love them. And though my collection of Swervedriver albums and b-sides and 7 inch records certainly gives me many reasons to love them, this double CD gives me two more.

Swervedriver played their cards pretty much perfectly here. They have thrown together (almost) all their "hits" and included most of the best b-sides over the years, plus a few unreleased gems. They have opted not to do so in chronological order, but that choice merely highlights their diversity instead of showing their evolution. The only really notable exclusions in my opinion are the b-sides "Flawed" and "Laze It Up", but one can't expect to get all the rare tracks onto two CDs.

For the starter not familiar with Swervedriver, there is "Son Of Mustang Ford", "The Birds", "Duel", "Kill The Superheroes", "The Hitcher", "These Times", and "99th Dream". For those already in love with the band, there are all the good singles previously only available in 7 inch form ("My Zephyr", "Mars", "Why Say Yeah", and "93 Million Miles From The Sun") here on CD for the first time. There are also a few officially unreleased tracks that have been floating around the bootleg circuit for a while.

The demo version of "Mustang Ford" closes the second CD. This is Swervedriver in its pre-produced, lo-fi, balls-to-the-wall, rock n roll glory, and this version clocks in at over 7 minutes. The preceding song, "Just Sometimes", is a bit of a repetitive throwaway but for the beautiful Adam Franklin riff on guitar. "Over" is a two part track, blistering you in "Mustang Ford" fashion for the first few minutes before zoning off into Shoegazer Land. "Neon Lights Glow" is easily the best unreleased track on the record. It includes the token Swervedriver guitars and the use of strings also previously attempted with "Last Day On Earth" (which is strangely absent from this collection). However, the use of strings here seems to be more in line with the usual Swervedriver oddities than it was on the more conventional "Last Day". This song is a completely brilliant eight minutes of bliss and is worth the price of the CD alone for hardcore fans.

So here's what you get with the CD besides a nice write-up in the CD booklet and a diagram of their various guitar pedal setups (which is an extremely cool addition for guitar players).

Disk 1

"Son Of Mustang Ford" - The single that started it all and the first Swervedriver song I ever heard on MTV's "120 Minutes".

"Planes Over The Skyline" - "Duel" single b-side. Brilliant guitar work as always, though a bit repetitive.

"The Birds" - In my opinion the most sing-along-able of all Swervedriver songs. Weird pop perfection.

"Duel" - Magnificent. Whenever that guitar changes for the chorus, my hair stands up on the back of my neck. That sound has never been successfully imitated before or since, or at least not to the same effect. This is the shortened single version.

"Why Say Yeah" - From the split 7 inch single with Sophia. A very good song though Sophia's "So Slow" on the other 7 inch was better!

"Scrawl And Scream" - An always underappreciated single from the "Never Lose That Feeling" and "Reel To Real" EPs. If memory serves correctly, this is a slowed down and superior version of "Afterglow", another b-side (not included in this collection).

"Rave Down" - A classic with another unforgettable guitar progression.

"How Does It Feel To Look Like Candy?" - A great song except that the horns drive me absolutely crazy. It could be me, but they seem lower in this mix.

"Blowin' Cool" - Another underappreciated dandy from "Mezcal Head", though I would have rather seen "Girl On A Motorbike".

"The Other Jesus" - Such a simple yet driving bassline, as well as crazy guitar interplay.

"Juggernaut Rides" - An early b-side that is as great as all their b-sides.

"For Seeking Heat" - The opener from "Mezcal Head". If this doesn't get your attention, you are likely dead.

"These Times" - This is the album version and the not the faster version that many people are fonder of. Regardless, a good song is a good song no matter what the pace.

"The Hitcher" - A fantastic b-side made even more amazing only in that Adam Franklin actually improved the song when he stripped it down for an acoustic rendition on one of his Toshack Highway EPs. Definitely a Top 5 b-side from a band that has as many great b-sides as The Cure and in a shorter period of time.

"My Zephyr" - Another 7 inch only release until now. Another great song with some really creative guitar work.

"Last Train To Satansville" - The great cowboy tale told Swervedriver style. I guess it depends on your mood if you think you were shortchanged on this one. Sometimes you love the extended outro and sometimes you don't. This version is only 3:30.

"Kill The Superheroes" - The song many Swervies would claim to be their all-time favorite, and it's a b-side. Adam Franklin's guitar work here is nothing short of mind-boggling. How he could think to use those riffs and put a vocal melody over it is truly the work of a genius...or a madman. This version is a bit shortened too, as it clocks at just over 6 minutes (regular version was 7 minutes I think).

"Behind The Scenes Of The Sounds And The Times" - I think it's odd that they'd throw this one right after "Kill The Superheroes" because the beginnings of both songs are so similar. This is another brilliant tune and probably my favorite off of "99th Dream". By the time that album rolled out, the switches and sounds Swervedriver used in this song were becoming more and more rare.

"Never Lose That Feeling" - The last song on the US version of "Mezcal Head". This version is without the second half "Never Learn" portion, so instead of nearly 12 minutes with both those songs sandwiched together, this one is a more tame 4 minutes.

Disk 2

"99th Dream" - The opener and title track from "99th Dream". Great tune and Swervedrive somehow seamlessly incorporates surf rock into their repertoire.

"Sandblasted" - An early shoegazer hit.

"Maelstrom" - A b-side from the "Last Day On Earth" EP.

"93 Million Miles From The Sun And Counting" - A slowed and shortened version of "Harry And Maggie", one of my favorite Swervedriver songs. Hearing this one on CD and in its full glory makes me think that they were right to put this one on the collection. It may actually be superior.

"Ejector Seat Reservation" - Title track of the third CD. This song has more in common with the preceding albums than it does the album that bears its name.

"Over" - I think this is a very early demo, probably from around the "Mustang Ford" demo time. Stylistically it has much in common with that time. As stated above, this is a first part hard rocker, second part shoegazer.

"Duress" - One of the highlights of their live shows and the ultimate zone out song. This one has been shortened by about 30 seconds.

"Mars" - From the same 7 inch single as "My Zephyr". One of the better b-sides out there.

"Neon Lights Glow" - As stated above, an until-now unknown masterpiece. This must've not made it onto a regular CD due to time constraints only since it is nearly 8 minutes long.

"Sci-Flyer" - The first song on their first album. It's so good a band out in California decided to name themselves after it. Can't say I blame them.

"Cars Converge On Paris" - Ahhhh. Some songs are just perfect to go to sleep to. "Duress" is pretty good for that purpose, but it may give you nightmares. This one will make you dream happy dreams. Another perfect b-side.

"Deep Seat" - Probably the song I listened to the most from "Raise". A slow and plodding rocker with great riffs.

"Just Sometimes" - An unreleased track that is the weakest link on the CD. But at just over 2 minutes long, it isn't enough to aggravate me and I'm thankful they put it on here since I hadn't heard it before.

"Son Of Mustang Ford (demo)" - Seven minutes of Swervedriver rocking harder than they have since. This version is much more raw and aggressive than the album track. It's also a bit funny at times with all the "yeah"s that they use to punctuate certain parts of the song.

So there you have it. Thirty-three tracks total. If you're a Swervedriver fan who has all their stuff already, well you know you'll have to get this eventually so you might as well do it now. If you're not much of a fan but remember a few songs from them or don't, this is a good place to start. The price should not be a deterrent. This stuff is so vastly superior to anything else on the airwaves now it isn't even funny. Add it to your collection and you can become a Swervedriver snob like the rest of us and feel cool that you know about them when none of your friends do.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x920bdad4) out of 5 stars Great retrospective for both veteran fans & newbies 10 Jun. 2005
By John L Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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Usually, if I have all of a band's albums, I don't buy their anthology. And I greatly dislike padding a "best of" with a couple of dodgy b-sides, live cuts, reunion cuts, or throwaway filler. Finding out about this (via Amazon's new releases) import excited me, however, to purchase it for the B-sides and unreleased songs I'd obviously never heard. The other reviewers have indicated helpful track info that the liner notes do not compile, although an entertaining overview of the band's history takes the place of track info, with engaging graphics, and a complete discography is included. By the way, I wasn't aware that the band had such a change in not only drummers but bassists, for the consistency of sound under vocalist/guitarist Adam Franklin and guitarist Jimmy Hartridge emerges in this intelligently organized, career-spanning, thorough collection.

The weaker drawn-out songs from Mexcal Head that detracted from that album's sonic force and the samy-sounding songs that appeared on their early releases are largely absent here. A drawback despite the high rating I give these 2 discs for effort is the tendency on the first disc to fall into a rather monotone drone after awhile. Despite non-chronological sequencing that tries to vary the pace, the effect on long stretches of disc one is more mood music than strong songs. This is not meant as a criticism of Swervedriver, but like their counterparts The Catherine Wheel (r.i.p.) this is music that you need to be in the groove for, or else it will fade a bit into the wallpaper. It does not always leap out at you, for the aggression mixed with texture that both of these bands excelled at combined with a surprisingly melodic vocal and lyrical delivery that you need to listen for to fully appreciate. The tunes assert themselves not by gimmickry or mere volume, but swells and crests.

The songs unfamiliar to those of us who had only heard the full-length domestic releases blend nicely with the others better on the second disc. It features fewer titles because some of these are longer. The quasi-psychedelic epic quality works to advantage, and while some of Disc 2 is less catchy, the hypnotic tendency of the shoegazing + swagger that made Swervedriver so rewarding is shown to better effect on this disc. The closing demo Son Of Mustang Ford refreshed what for many listeners to the band may have been a great song a bit dulled by so many of our spins! This second side of tunes, contrary to what I would have expected when scanning the selections, will be the one that I and perhaps longtime fans will actually grow to like more than the punchier, but more sonically similar, tunes on Disc 1.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92d3f4c8) out of 5 stars One new fan and counting... 1 Jun. 2005
By J. Hope - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a latecomer to Swervedriver, and with their records out of print, I found this compilation a great help as a companion to the live tracks on the web site, as well as a great listen in itself. The Swervies got lumped in with the other shoegazer bands, but were the hardest rocking and probably the most Americanized of the lot. The production on these records is incredible: a shimmering wall of sound as loud, deep and dangerous as the perfect ocean wave. I can hear their influence in later Soundgarden, Creeper Lagoon, and Garbage. (You can't tell me Butch Vig hasn't heard "How Does It Feel to Look Like Candy?" with its strange Bacharach interpolation predating Garbage's use of "Don't Worry Baby".)

Juggernaut Rides is a very nicely done compilation, and I wish someone would do the same for the Screaming Blue Messiahs. Has anyone else noticed that the chord progression for "Neon Lights Glow" is a clever theft of Link Wray's "Rumble"?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91fa3df8) out of 5 stars An Excellent Final Chapter 1 Oct. 2007
By C. E. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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My brother an I both have been longtime Swervedriver fans. From their popular American release of Mezcal Head all the way to Adam Franklin's solo release of Toshack Highway. We back tracked and bought up the albums we missed, and even managed to track down a few EP's. We have been fans of the transforming sound of Swervedriver.

Juggernaut Rides is a fitting final chapter for a band that experimented and dabbled ever so precariously on the razor's edge of rock and roll. A double CD release, think of it as the "A-Sides" of Swervedriver, but also packed with many previously unreleased songs. The very best of what the band has to give, PLUS some exciting tracks never before heard on any of their other offerings. The line up is strong, and the tracks flow very well. Adam Franklin's voice is as haunting as it is forceful as it is melodic... easily fitting the tempo and style of whatever the band chooses for its transformation.

The downside to this compilation, is that the songs are played in their "radio shortened" versions. So great songs like "Last Train To Satansville" and "Never Lose That Feeling" feel cut and raped as their long jam sessions at the end of those songs are simply deleted, never to be heard or enjoyed by an audience perhaps listening for the first time.

Juggernaut Rides is an excellent way for Swervedriver to put an exclamation point on the end of a stellar and groundbreaking career.

C. Elliott Anderson
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91fa3fa8) out of 5 stars "I don't care how it stands, it's all in my hands" 23 Mar. 2006
By mwreview - Published on Amazon.com
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Swervedriver was my favorite band in the early 1990s and is one of the only bands (along with Catherine Wheel, to a lesser extent) that I still listen to from my late high school/early college days. It took me a long time to get Juggernaut Rides as I was waiting for a deal from the Amazon sellers. It was definitely worth the wait and I would have bought it earlier as it would have been worth the extra money. I have all four of their albums but did not collect their singles, so all the B-sides are new to me and most of them are album-worthy. No obvious filler tracks or instrumentals which surprised me but, most everything Swervedriver ever recorded was quality stuff, so I should have expected it. Most of the album tracks on Juggernaut Rides are good choices BUT, if it were up to me, I would have made a few changes: From Raise I'd exchange "Deep Seat" for "Pile-Up"; from Mezcal Head, I'd exchange "A Change is Gonna Come" (I love that song!) for "Duress." One of the most glaring omissions is "Bring Me the Head of the Fortune Teller" off Ejector Seat Reservation. What a killer track! How could that be left off? "The Birds" can easily fly the coop for that track. I'd rather have "Last Day on Earth" instead of "How Does it Feel to Look Like Candy?," too. One of my favorite tracks from 99th Dream is "Up From the Sea" which I'd easily exchange for "Behind the Scenes of the Sounds & the Times." I also like "Expressway." Oh well, that just shows how awesome this band was. Some of the tracks here also fade out prematurely like "Duel" and "Last Train to Satansville" (actually, that is a good thing, as I think the instrumental ending on the original went way too long). Anyway, here are my reviews of the B-Sides and previously unreleased tracks:

"Planes Over the Skyline": (Duel B-Side) This was catchy right away and immediately recognizable by the second play. Very accessible but a little repetitive. I still really like this track.

"Why Say Yeah": (on a Swervedriver/Sophia disc with In My Time) Solid, guitar-dominated track.

"Scrawl & Scream": (Never Lose That Feeling B-Side) Laid-back, transporting song with cool guitar in between the vocal sets. Great track! One of my favorites!

"Juggernaut Rides": (Son of Mustang Ford B-Side) I don't like this track that much. It has too much of the good time rock n roll undercurrent for my tastes.

"The Hitcher": (A&M 6-track promo) Another version of "Never Lose That Feeling" but a bit more restrained.

"My Zephyr (Sequel)": (My Zephyr 7") I've never heard the original but this "sequel" rocks!! One of my favorites.

"Kill the Superheroes": (Son of Mustang Ford B-Side) Starts out with flying drums. It rocks like Zephyr but has a more open, catchy sound. Cool little guitar quirks. Then the drums slam in again with pretty little guitar riffs sprinkled in. There is a lot of depth to this track which is another of my favorites.

"Maelstrom": (Last Day on Earth B-Side) Laid-back vocals pushed by driving drums. OK.

"93 Million Miles From the Sun...and Counting": (7" with Up from the Sea) Slower, stripped down version of "Harry & Maggie" from Mezcal Head.

"Over": (previously unreleased) Raw rocker then moves into a slow, psychedelic experience.

"Mars": (from My Zephyr 7") Dreamy at first, then rocks. Another version of "Sunset" from Raise.

"Neon Lights Glow": (prev. unreleased) Definitely my favorite of the previously unreleased tracks. I found myself humming along to this track right away. Relaxing, dreamy song with the coolest guitar riffs. Everything that made Swervedriver great!

"Cars Converge on Paris": (A&M 6-track promo) Another slow, relaxing, lazy track.

"Just Sometimes (Song of Laughter and Forgetting)": (prev. unreleased) This song I definitely wouldn't mind forgetting. Very annoying and repetitive but, fortunately, very short.

"Son of Mustang Ford (1989 Demo)": (prev. unreleased) Wow, I really like this version! There's a lot of different stuff going on in the guitar riffs. The ending guitar piece is also very nice. It takes the Swervedriver classic in a different direction and runs over 7 minutes.

I'm really glad this CD came out. The booklet has photos and a history of the band as well as pix of the singles and track listings for the singles as well as musician credits for all the tracks. A very impressive package although the duel CD case is a bit difficult to use. A well-deserved posthumous tribute to the best band of the 1990s who deserved better from the record industry while they were putting out new music.
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