- 13 June 1994
- Creation (UK), Sire (ROW)
This was the second single from Carnival of Light and the only cover version that Ride released as a single. The original is from 60s band The Creation (after whom the label was named) and Ride got the chance to play the track live with the original Creation band members at the Royal Albert Hall in June 1994 as part of Creation Records’ 10th anniversary show. This live version was released as one of the tracks on the I Don’t Know Where It Comes From EP later that year.
How Does It Feel To Feel? was produced and mixed at Ocean Way Studios in California by George Drakoulias. George had worked with the band during the demo sessions for the album in the summer of 1993 but scheduling had ruled him out as a possible album producer. However the opportunity to spend a weekend working on this track together presented itself and the band grabbed the moment after the rest of the album had been recorded and mixed.
The extra tracks on the EP version featured an instrumental dub track (Walkabout) put together by Steve and Loz at Courtyard Studios in Oxfordshire and the epic At The End Of The Universe which was originally intended to be a key track on Carnival of Light but somehow didn’t make the final cut – even though it featured the Hammond organ playing of Deep Purple’s Jon Lord.
How Does It Feel To Feel? was also Ride’s only UK 7″ single release and this version (along with the Cassette Single version) featured Chelsea Girl on the B-side.
The cover photo was by Gered Mankowitz and was taken on Oxford’s Port Meadow just before dawn as part of an overnight session around the city that also produced the Carnival of Light album cover image.