- 4 August 2003
- Ignition Records
A compilation spanning the five sessions that Ride recorded for the BBC between 1990 and 1994: four at Maida Vale in London and one at Oxford Road in Manchester.
Andy Bell, June 2003:
During my school years I spent most evenings listening to Janice Long and John Peel’s shows. These programmes were the main way of hearing bands such as The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Fall, New Order, Dinosaur Jr, House Of Love, The Stone Roses, Loop and My Bloody Valentine for the first time. Anyone who’s heard Ride’s music will know the influence these bands had on us.
We turned up for our first session in February 1990. It was really cool to finally see the Maida Vale studios, where so many legendary sessions had been recorded. It’s kind of a boring building though, full of corridors, and easy to get lost inside. We loaded our gear in, and got on with it.
The sessions could be frustrating because of the time pressure. You’d only get a couple of takes of each song, and there were inevitable problems with engineers who didn’t understand the sound you wanted. These setbacks only made it sweeter when the results turned out well.
Quite often the songs sounded better than the official versions. Anyway, here they all are – not bad for five days work! Hearing the songs now puts me right back in a white transit van with the lads, on the way home to Oxford. I’m sitting on an amp with my ear pressed onto a battery powered ghetto blaster playing back the freshly recorded tracks. Happy Days.