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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a compilation of Ride's first two E.P'S and is a work in progress effort for me, but they were clearly heading in a positive direction, worth a listen but contains no... Read morePublished 15 months ago by darren thompson
This album should be hailed as a shining example of truley great british talent, forget the fact that Andy Bell sold out, first letting the sun use one of his songs for advertising... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2004 by djrevivalist
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. Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2002 by email@example.com