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Final Wild Songs (a 4 CD box set)
Final Wild Songs (a 4 CD box set)

DISC ONE 1983-1984
Original 10/5/60 Ep
1. Join My Gang
2. You Don’t Know What’s Right…
3. 10/5/60
4. And She Rides
5. Born To Believe In You
Native Sons
6. Final Wild
7. Ivory Tower
8. Run Dusty Run
9. (sweet) Mental Revenge
10. Fair Game
11. Tell It To The Judge On Sunday
12. Wreck Of The 809
13. Too Close To The Light
14. Never Got To Meet The Mom
15. I Had A Dream
16. Masters Of War
17. Black Girl – Acoustic May-june 1984
18. Wreck Of The 809 – Acoustic May-june 1984
19. Further Along – Acoustic May-june 1984
20. The Rains Came – Cbgbs April 1984
21. You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover – West End, Chicago Nov 1984

DISC TWO – 1985
State Of Our Union
1. Looking For Lewis And Clark
2. Lights Of Downtown
3. Wdia
4. Mason-dixon Line
5. Here Comes That Train Again
6. Years Long Ago
7. Good Times Tomorrow, Hard Times Today
8. Two Kinds Of Love
9. You Can’t Ride The Boxcars Anymore
10. Capturing The Flag
11. State Of My Union
12. Southside Of The Story
13. Child Bride
14. If I Were A Bramble And You Were A Rose
15. Looking For Lewis And Clark – Ogwt
16. Lights Of Downtown – Captain’s Mix, Island Studios
17. Capturing The Flag – Captain’s Mix, Island Studios
18. Christmas In New Zealand – State Of Our Union
19. Encore From Hell

DISC THREE – 1986
Two Fisted Tales
1. Gunslinger Man
2. I Want You Bad
3. A Stitch In Time
4. The Light Gets In The Way
5. Prairie Fire
6. Baby’s In Toyland
7. Long Story Short
8. Man Of Misery
9. Harriet Tubman’s Gonna Carry Me Home
10. For The Rest Of My Days
11. Spectacular Fall
12. Ring Bells
Demos
13. 17 Ways
14. Basic Black
15. Pushin’ Uphill
16. How Do We Feel What’s Real
17. He’s Got Himself A Young Girl (and He Can’t Keep Up)
16. How Do We Feel What’s Real
18. He Can Hear His Brother Calling
19. Sad Sad Songs
20. Flak Jacket
21. Blues Theme

DISC FOUR – LIVE 1985
Live ‘t Beest, Goes, The Netherlands
1. Mason Dixon Line
2. Time Keeps Traveling
3. (sweet) Mental Revenge
4. Run Dusty Run
5. You Don’t Know What’s Right…
6. As God Is My Witness
7. Ivory Tower
8. I Can’t Hide
9. Masters Of War
10. Wreck Of The 809
11. Good Times Tomorrow, Hard Times Today
12. Six Days On The Road
13. Southside Of The Story
14. Still Get By
15. Tell It To The Judge On Sunday

Cherry Red Records (CRCDBOX21)
It took over two year’s work but the Long Ryders finally have their own box set. 76 tracks of which 23 were previously unreleased, nine were only on CD in the USA beforehand, and with a hidden snippet of a track which will make you smile.

The first three CDs contain the band’s initial EP, their first three albums and most of these above-mentioned assorted goodies. The four CD is a smokin’, totally hot live show from March 1985 in Europe with 15 performances never heard since (unless you were one of the few who had a bootleg cassette of the show) which proves, more than anything ever will or could, the Long Ryders had one of the best, strongest, and most powerful live shows on the planet.

This box set sold out entirely within eighteen days (!) of its release and now you can see and hear why. Oh yes, Cherry Red manufactured some more, you bet, and it is still in print. So you can still hear why Mojo, Uncut, Record Collector, Rolling Stone and so many other magazines gave this collection column after column in their Reviews section. This is Americana defined and honoured in a mere four discs.

The Long Ryders – Native Sons (Deluxe Reissue)
Final Wild Son Native Sons (Deluxe Reissue)
Still Get By
Ivory Tower
Run Dusty Run
(Sweet) Mental Revenge
Fair Game
Tell It To The Judge On Sunday
Wreck Of The 809
Too Close To The Light
Never Got To Meet Her
I Had A Dream
Join My Gang
You Don’t Know What’s Right, You Don’t Know What’s Wrong
10-5-60
Born To Believe In You
The Trip
And She Rides
Time Keeps Travelling
I Can’t Hide
Masters Of War
Still Get By
10-5-60
And She Rides
Too Close To The Light

Prima SID024
Native Sons is the album which Jeff Tweedy, Chris Robinson, Kurt Cobain and Gary Louris all bought and loved, influencing their own styles. It was a huge hit on the College Radio/Alternative Charts in the USA in 1984 and by spring 1985 it was number two on the New Musical Express Indie Chart, held off the top spot by the Smiths’ Meat Is Murder. Arguably the most influential and long-lasting release of Sid Griffin’s career Native Sons is now re-released with the entire 10-5-6- EP added as well as three tracks from the abandoned 5 By 5 sessions at A&M Studios, the Long Ryders’ first three demos and the B-side Close To The Light, a completely different mix to the LP version. This is the LP which kick-started Americana and put the “alt” into Alt-Country!

The Long Ryders – State Of Our Reunion Live 2004
So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star? State Of Our Reunion Live 2004
Lights Of Downtown
You Don’t Know What’s Right, You Don’t Know What’s Wrong
A Stitch In Time
Prairie Fire
Wreck Of The 809
Gunslinger Man
Years Long Ago
I Can’t Hide
Ivory Tower
Capturing The Flag
Band Introduction (Glasgow)
I Had A Dream
Final Wild Son
(Sweet) Mental Revenge
State Of Our Union
Looking For Lewis & Clark
Louisville
10-5-60

Prima SID021
For their first live gigs in seventeen years (!) the Long Ryders knew the pressure was on. But they kicked ass and took names and you can hear the results on this stellar recording from their London gig. Cut on a hot summer night the sold out venue turned punters away and the result was a classic live album which can be filed next to Get Your Ya-Ya’s Out, Live At The Apollo or Kick Out The Jams. Featuring the classic lineup of ex-Jayhawk Stephen McCarthy, Indiana state senator Tom Stevens, publishing mogul Greg Sowders and Dylan author Sid Griffin.

The Best of the Long Ryders
Looking For Lewis & Clark (long version) The Best of the Long Ryders
Lights Of Downtown
Years Long Ago
Gunslinger Man
I Want You Bad
A Stitch In Time
Man Of Misery
If I Were A Bramble And You Were A Rose
Capturing The Flag (live)
State Of My Union
Final Wild Son
Ivory Tower
(Sweet) Mental Revenge
I Had A Dream
You Don’t Know What’s Right, You Don’t Know What’s Wrong
And She Rides
Masters Of War
I Can’t Hide

Prima SID016
The first ever single CD Long Ryders compilation features tracks from across their entire career and from every label the band were on. Featuring liner notes from the rhythm section of Tom Stevens and Greg Sowders as well as Pete Frame’s very informative Long Ryders Family Tree this release includes over a dozen previously unseen photographs of the band in their heyday. This is the one Long Ryders CD to have if you only want one and an excellent introduction to the Founding Fathers of alt-country. Officially Prima Records bestselling CD as of May 1, 2008.

The Long Ryders – Three Minute Warnings
Prairie Fire Three Minute Warnings
Lights Of Downtown
Man Of Misery
A Stitch In Time
State Of My Union
Harriet Tubman’s Going To Carry Me Home
Capturing The Flag
Long Story Short
Baby’s In Toyland
I Want You Bad
Spectacular Fall
I Had A Dream
You Just Can’t Ride The Boxcars Anymore
Gunslinger Man
Looking For Lewis & Clark
Prisoners Of Rock
10-5-60

Prima SID015(CD)
A great recording of the Long Ryders show at the Bottom Line in New York City on 7th May 1987 as broadcast live on FM. A wonderful showcase for a rocking fine band, the CD booklet has liner notes by the band’s long time and long suffering manager John Guarnieri. Reviews in Rolling Stone (USA), The Sunday Times, Q, Mojo, UnCut et al were all estatic!

The Long Ryders Anthology
Disc One: 10-5-60 The Long Ryders Anthology
And She Rides
Born To Believe In You
You Don’t Know What’s Right, You Don’t Know What’s Wrong
Join My Gang/Final Wild Son
Ivory Tower
Still Get By
Run Dusty Run
(Sweet) Mental Revenge
Fair Game
Too Close To The Light
I Had A Dream
I’ll Get Out Somehow*
Masters Of War**
I Can’t Hide**
Lights Of Downtown
Mason-Dixon Line
Capturing The Flag
Years Long Ago
Disc Two: Looking For Lewis And Clark (long version)
State Of My Union
Two Kinds Of Love
If I Were A Bramble And You Were A Rose
Christmas In New Zealand
Basic Black*
Pushin’ Uphill*
He Can Hear His Brother Calling*
17 Ways*
He’s Got Himself A Young Girl (And He Can’t Keep Up)*
Gunslinger Man
I Want You Bad
A Stitch In Time
Baby’s In Toyland
Harriet Tubman’s Gonna Carry Me Home*
The Light Gets In The Way*
Spectacular Fall
Flak Jacket
Ring Bells
Prisoners Of Rock’N’Roll (live)

Polygram Records 314 558 280 (USA) (2xCD)
Released in July 1998, this 40 track compilation covers every period of The Long Ryders’ influential existence. Every note has been expertly remastered by sonic expert Bill Inglot so the sound quality throughout is stunning. The booklet includes great sleevenotes by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke and a fine selection of photographs. Tracks marked * above are previously unreleased demos, whilst those marked ** are previously unreleased final recordings. All the unreleased tracks were mixed by Sid Griffin in Los Angeles in early 1998. The Light Gets In The Way is listed on the CD as being the album version but sounds like the demo version to everyone in the Prima Records Office. The long version of Looking For Lewis And Clark from the ten inch single release makes its first appearance on CD. Now out of print.

The Long Ryders – BBC Radio One Live In Concert
Prairie Fire BBC Radio One Live In Concert
A Stitch In Time
Harriet Tubman’s Gonna Carry Me Home
I Want You Bad
I Had A Dream
You Just Can’t Ride The Boxcars Anymore
Gunslinger Man
Looking For Lewis And Clark
Ivory Tower
Final Wild Son
State Of My Union
Lights Of Downtown

Windsong WINCD 058 (CD)
A 1994 release of recordings made and broadcast by the BBC. Recorded live at the Mayfair Club, Newcastle, 3.6.87, except for the last four tracks which were recorded for the Andy Kershaw show at the Chester Rendezvous Club, 15.10.85. An very well recorded live performance captured with typical great care by BBC engineers, an especially noteworthy achievement when you consider a rather ugly fight broke out in the mosh pit during the Chester performance which involved a good half dozen male Brits whopping the beejeezus out of each other for about fifteen minutes till order was restored. NOW OUT OF PRINT but God gave us eBay so go for it!

The Long Ryders – Metallic B.O.
You’re Gonna Miss Me Metallic B.O.
Route 66
Brand New Heartache
Prisoners Of Rock’N’Roll
Dirty Old Town
Is Anyone Going To San Antone*
BillyJean
Circle ‘Round The Sun
I Want You Bad*
Six Days On The Road
Anarchy In The U.K.
What Goes On*
Masters Of War
Sandwich Man
Greenville Trestle*
Blues Theme
P.I.L. Theme
I Shall Be Released

r.o.w.y.c.b. prod 002 (CASS); Overground OVER16(CD); Prima SID001(CD)
A compendium of live tracks, out takes and snippets of radio interviews. The original release was an 86 minute Long Ryders authorized fan club cassette, which was edited for CD reissue by Overground and, more recently, Prima Records by omission of the tracks marked *. Now officially out of print. Shame!

The Long Ryders – Two Fisted Tales
Gunslinger Man Two Fisted Tales
I Want You Bad
A Stitch In Time
The Light Gets In The Way
Prairie Fire
Baby’s In Toyland
Long Story Short
Man Of Misery
Harriet Tubman’s Gonna Carry Me Home
For The Rest Of My Days
Spectacular Fall
Ring Bells*
State Of My Union(live)*
Time Keeps Travelling*
Baby We All Gotta Go Down(live)*

Island ILPS9869(LP), 7 90594-2(CD); Prima SID005(CD)
The Long Ryders’ final studio album from 1987, reissued in a deluxe edition containing four bonus tracks, marked * above, by Prima Records in February 1996. The new edition also includes heartfelt sleeve notes by Long Ryders’ drummer Greg Sowders who is now a song publishing expert at Warner-Chappell in his native Los Angeles (or so he says.)
Deluxe edition now out of print.

The Long Ryders – State Of Our Union
Looking for Lewis and Clark State Of Our Union
Lights of Downtown
WDIA
Mason-Dixon Line
Here Comes That Train Again
Years Long Ago
Good Times Tomorrow, Hard Times Today
Two Kinds Of Love
You Just Can’t Ride The Boxcars Anymore
Capturing The Flag
State Of My Union
If I Were a Bramble and You Were a Rose*
Southside of the Story*
Child Bride*
Christmas in New Zealand*

Island ILPS9802(LP); Prima SID003(CD)
The band’s most well known and highest charting album and one which features their biggest chart hit. Reissued by Prima Records in a remastered and extended form including the bonus tracks marked *. Universal Records (UK) almost released this CD once again in summer 2004 on the strength of the Long Ryders State Of Our Reunion Tour but at the last second cancelled their plans. (Bean counters run the record biz now, a pity.) Now out of print.

A Conversation With The Long Ryders – State Of Our Union A Conversation With The Long Ryders

Island LR1(LP)
A promotional LP containing interviews with the Long Ryders in between the album tracks. Copies are occasionally seen in specialist record shops and on eBay going for ridiculous prices. Sid recently sold his entire record collection as it was in very expensive storage in L. A. so if you have a copy to spare let Sid buy it from you. Thanks.
You could send it to: Prima Records, P.O. Box 2539, London, England NW3 6DF, United Kingdom

The Long Ryders – Native Sons
Final Wild Son Native Sons
Still Get By
Ivory Tower
Run Dusty Run
(Sweet) Mental Revenge
Fair Game
Tell It To The Judge On Sunday
Wreck Of The 809
Too Close To the Light
Never Got To Meet The Mom
I Had A Dream

Frontier (LP,CD); Zippo ZONG(CD)003 (LP,CD); Demon/Diabolo DIAB821(CD)
The first full length album, and a fixture of the indie charts in 1984. The Frontier and Zippo CD versions include the 10-5-60 mini album, but the latest Demon/Diabolo version (1996) does not. This classic is from the days when only The Smiths were a more popular indie band than the Ryders in Europe and when only The Replacements were a more popular indie band in the USA.

The Long Ryders – 10-5-60
Join My Gang 10-5-60
I Don’t Care What’s Right, I Don’t Care What’s Wrong
10-5-60
The Trip*
And She Rides
Born to Believe In You

PVC PVC5906(LP); Zippo ZANE004(LP)
The first release in 1983 by the Long Ryders with Des Brewer on bass. Reissued by Demon/Zippo in the UK in 1987 with an extra track, The Trip, dating from 1985, and included on some CD releases of Native Sons.

DVDs

The Long Ryders – State Of Our Reunion Live 2004
So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star? State Of Our Reunion Live 2004
Lights Of Downtown
You Don’t Know What’s Right, You Don’t Know What’s Wrong
A Stitch In Time/Prairie Fire
Wreck Of The 809
Gunslinger Man
Years Long Ago
I Can’t Hide
Ivory Tower
Capturing The Flag
Band Introduction (Glasgow)
I Had A Dream
Final Wild Son
(Sweet) Mental Revenge
State Of Our Union
Looking For Lewis & Clark
Louisville
10-5-60

SIDVID022
The DVD release of live footage of the Long Ryders reunion tour in 2004 is available on Prima DVD. Included as extras is some footage of the band live in the UK in March 1985 as well as larkin’ about in the A&M Studios with Ed Stasium in autumn 1986!

The Long Ryders – Rockin’ At The Roxy
Long Ryders live in 1986: Lights Of Downtown Rockin' At The Roxy
Good Times Tomorrow, Hard Times Today
Run Dusty Run
You Just Can’t Ride The Boxcars Anymore
Time Keeps Travelling
Ivory Tower
Capturing The Flag
Too Close To The Light
I Had A Dream
Final Wild Son
Wreck Of The 809
State Of My Union
Still Get By
Looking For Lewis And Clark
Tell It To The Judge On Sunday
10-5-60
Sid Griffin solo session, 2001: Jimmy Reed
Flak Jacket
Capturing The Flag
Faithless Disciple
Emily In Ginger

Classic Pictures DVD1093X (UK) (DVD)
In 1986 a Long Ryders show at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood was taped for TV broadcast in Europe. This has just been released on DVD by Classic Pictures. Bonus materal on the disk includes an exclusive and quite wonderful five song solo session by Sid Griffin recorded in late 2001 in Shepperton, England.

UK SINGLES*

I Want You Bad c/w Ring Bells, State Of My Union(live) Island (12)IS730 (7″, 12″)

* Looking For Lewis And Clark(extended version) c/w Child Bride, Southside Of The Story, If I Were A Bramble And You Were A Rose Island 10IS237 (10″)

* Looking For Lewis And Clark c/w Child Bride & Southside Of The Story c/w If I Were A Bramble And You Were A Rose Island ISD237 (2 x 7″)

* I Had A Dream c/w Too Close To The Light (Buckskin Mix) Zippo 45-2 (7″)

RELEASES AS “THE SPINNING WHIGHATS” Christmas In New Zealand

* Christmas In New ZealandLYN16928 (7″ flexidisk)
A very rare flexidisk, given away at a few selected gigs. Since included on the Prima reissue of State Of Our Union and on The Long Ryders Anthology.

* Encore From Hell, 10-5-60BOB11 (7″ flexidisk)
Given free with Bucketful Of Brains issue 17, Encore From Hell features Sid reading reviews of the State Of Our Union album, both tracks are live recordings.

* Baby We All Gotta Go Down What A Nice Way To Turn Seventeen – Number 6 (LP)
A live version of a song originally recorded by Danny & Dusty (who included several Long Ryders) for the LP The Lost Weekend. Included on the Prima deluxe edition of Two Fisted Tales. WANWTTS was an innovative fanzine which combined a magazine with a full length vinyl LP.

* I Can’t Hide real.006, 10072915 (7″ flexidisk)
A cover of the Flamin’ Groovies song given free with issue 28 of The Bob magazine. This version gained a more official release in 1998 on The Long Ryders Anthology.

APPEARANCES ON COMPILATION ALBUMS

Listed in reverse chronological order:
Best of 2004 – Reissues, Volume Two Best of 2004 - Reissues, Volume Two

(Uncut 2004 12-B)
Looking For Lewis & Clark
A collection of fifteen songs given away free with a purchase of Uncut magazine in November this compilation celebrates the Best Of 2004’s reissued CDs and hence makes reference to Prima Record Ltd.’s June release The Best Of The Long Ryders. Note this is one of two CDs given away with the magazine (Uncut 2004 12-B) and is Volume Two so it is entirely possible to buy the exact same magazine with Volume One attached and then arrive home and find you do not have the CD with the Long Ryders on it.

“The Rough Guide To Americana” The Rough Guide To Americana

World Music Network RGNET1080CD (CD), 2001
You Don’t Know What’s Wrong, You Don’t Know What’s Right
A twenty track compilation of americana/alternative country/insurgent country/no depression acts, this features Carousel Days by Western Electric as one of the latest and most modern examples of the genre and also You Don’t Know What’s Wrong, You Don’t Know What’s Right by the Long Ryders as one of the earliest.
Other standout tracks are by such great artistes as Cowboy Nation, Dave Alvin and The Handsome Family. NOW OUT OF PRINT

“Beating Up The Campus” Beating Up The Campus

Debutante/Polygram 553 429-2 (CD), 1997
Looking For Lewis And Clark
Subtitled 18 College Rock Classics Of The 80s, this collection was complied and annotated by Sid Griffin and amongst the 18 acts includes tracks by REM, Los Lobos, The Dream Syndicate, The Blasters, and one of our personal favourites, the often overlooked Rank & File.

Shades, Guitars, Stripes & Stars Shades, Guitars, Stripes & Stars

Connoisseur Collection VSOPCD 225 (CD), 1996
Final Wild Son
The Native Sons track is included on this collection of 15 examples of 80s American roots rock.
Other acts featured include Los Lobos, The Beat Farmers, Steve Earle, Georgia Satellites and Jason & The Scorchers.

“Americanism” Americanism

Nectar Masters NTMCD 509 (CD), 1996
Tell It To The Judge On Sunday
A selection of 16 80s American guitar bands such as The Dream Syndicate, ‘Til Tuesday, Green On Red, E.I.E.I.O and so forth and including this extract from Native Sons.

The Light Gets In the Way”l’album di Country Music”
BMG Ariola (Italy) ND 75099 (2CD), 1992
Still Get By
A double CD Italian compilation, the Long Ryders are track 17 on disc two.

“The Radio Tokyo Tapes” The Radio Tokyo Tapes

Ear Movie Records EM C0027 (LP), 1983
And She Rides
An early recording of the song later included on Native Sons, this features Des Brewer on bass.

The LP is a compilation of 17 Los Angeles bands, other acts include The Bangles, The Three O’Clock and The Rain Parade.

“The Rebel Kind” The Rebel Kind

Sounds Interesting SILP-011 (LP), 1983
And She Rides
The Long Ryders’ And She Rides was featured in this collection of garage rock and psychedelia tracks.
If anyone has a CD copy of this album can they let Sid know, please? And if anyone can please burn Sid a clean CD-R of And She Rides and mail it to the Prima post office box he’d send them a free Prima CD of their choice. True!

The Long Ryders

BOOTLEGS

Native Sons Outtakes 7/84 & Roxy 11/3/86 Native Sons Outtakes

Still Get By/Run Dusty Run/Final Wild Son/Time Keeps Travelling/Too Close To The Light/Masters Of War/(Sweet) Mental Revenge/Ivory Tower/Never Got To Meet The Mom/Fair Game/Wreck Of The 809/Tell It To The Judge On Sunday/If I Were A Carpenter/I’ll Get Out Somehow/I Had A Dream/The Trip/Never Got To Meet The Mom/Time Between/(Sweet) Mental Revenge/Have You Seen Her Face/You Ain’t Going Nowhere

CD-R, No label or catalogue details (CD)

This is a rather low-fi bootleg release by modern standards but quite popular, it still pops up where fine bootlegs are sold now and then. The last four tracks are the most interesting as ex-Byrd Chris Hillman guests with the Long Ryders on stage at the Roxy in Hollywood

The End Of The Trail
Prairie Fire The End Of The Trail
Lights Of Downtown
Man Of Misery
Stitch In Time
State Of My Union
Harriet Tubman’s Gonna Carry Me Home
Capturing The Flag
Long Story Short
Baby’s In Toyland
I Want You Bad/Spectacular Fall
I Had A Dream
You Just Can’t Ride The Boxcars Anymore
Gunslinger Man
Looking For Lewis And Clark
Prisoners Of Rock’N’Roll
10-5-60

Massive Attack Discs 990129 (CD)
A great bootleg CD taken from an FM broadcast of the show at the Bottom Line in New York City on 7th May 1987. This is the very same release as the new official Long Ryders album Three Minute Warnings: The Long Ryders Live In New York City on Prima Records (SID015). However Three Minute Warnings has much, much better sound as it is from the original master tapes.
Interestingly enough those original master tapes ran out with some ninety seconds left in the concert so the tail end of 10-5-60 on Three Minute Warnings is actually a digital edit from The End Of The Trail bootleg!

Sounds Of An Empty Pint Pitchfork (LP)
Final Wild Son Sounds Of An Empty Pint
(Sweet) Mental Revenge
Run Dusty Run/Lights Of Downtown
Good Times Tomorrow,Hard Times Today
Masters Of War
I Had A Dream
Ivory Tower
Wreck Of The 809
State Of My Union
You Just Can’t Ride The Boxcars Anymore
Looking For Lewis And Clark
Tell It To The Judge On Sunday
Six Days On The Road

A bootleg LP, recorded on the State OfOur Union UK tour at Newcastle University, 19.10.85. A wonderful document of a wonderful time. Prima recently figured out who recorded and released it. Well done, put it out on CD now, you Geordie git!