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SID025 – The Coal Porters – Find The One
Barefoot On The Courthouse Lawn / Never Right His Wrong / Hush U Babe; Burnham Thorpe / The Betsey Trotwood / Heroes / Red-Eyed & Blue / Ask Me Again / Brand New Home / Gospel Shore / You Only Miss Her When She’s Gone / Farmers’ Hands / Paint It, Black
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Find The One is the Coal Porters’ fifth and most accomplished album since they unplugged, forgot about the electricity bill and prepared for global warming by morphing into an entirely acoustic act.
Produced by British folk-rock legend John Wood, the man behind the early classic LPs by Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and later on recording both Squeeze and Beth Orton, Find The One features five nice Sid Griffin songs, a trio from Scottish guitarist Neil Robert Herd and the songwriting debut of virtuoso fiddler Carly Frey. Banjo God John Breese chips in with an instrumental and Find The One also announces the entry of world-class harmony singer, ace bassist, and all-around nice guy Tali Trow into the Coal Porters.
The CD of Find The One even includes a seven minute documentary film encoded on it, playable on any computer. The film is by Toby Cameron and Richard Crandon of On-Par Productions and dynamically illustrates everything warm, musical, funny and human about the band within its short seven minute span.
No Coal Porters album can exist without a nod to the greats who have so inspired Sid Griffin and his merry cohorts and Find The One is no exception. Sid’s harrowing tale of a slave family’s escape on the Underground Railroad, Hush U Babe, features the astonishing guitar of ex-Fairport Convention guitar guru Richard Thompson (!) and listeners will also hear a formal DJ introduction of Sid’s love ballad Ask Me Again by the BBC’s legendary Brian Matthew, not only a man who knew The Beatles on a first name basis back in the day but whose Saturday Radio 2 show is the Beeb’s most popular show today. Now that is a career!
SID024 – Native Sons – The Long Ryders
Final Wild Son/ 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 (first of sixfrom tracks 10-5-60 EP)/ 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 (first of three tracks from abandoned “5 by 5″ sessions) / I Can’t Hide/ Masters Of War/ Still Get By ( first of three tracks Radio Tokyo sessions, 1983) / 10-5-60/ And She Rides/ Too Close To The Light (b-side mix, UK only)
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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 fromt 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 kickstarted Americana and put the “alt” into Alt-Country!
SID023 – DURANGO – The Coal Porters
Let’s Say Goodbye (Like We Said Hello)/No More Chains/Moonlight Midnight (feat. Peter Rowan)/I’m Not Going Away/One Is Way Too Many/The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Oil/Pretty Polly/Like a Hurricane/Permanent Twilight/Roadkill Breakdown (feat. Tim O’Brien)/Lookin’ for a Soft Place to Fall/Closing Time Genius/Sail Away, Ladies!
Recorded during two fruitful weeks in the mountains right outside the Colorado town which gave the album its name this is the fourth and best “alt-bluegrass” album by ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin’s outfit, The Coal Porters. This highly anticipated follow up to 2007′s Turn The Water On, Boy! is a clear country mile step forward. Featuring the amazing fiddle of Carly Frey, the virtuoso banjo of Europe’s best five string picker Dick Smith, the songs and mandolin of writer/author/broadcaster Sid Griffin and the production of the legendary Ed Stasium (Ramones, Smithereens, Belinda Carlisle, the Long Ryders, Jeff Healey Band) without question Durango is one of the choice musical highlights of the year.
SID021 – STATE OF OUR REUNION – LIVE 2004 – The Long Ryders
So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?/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
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.
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SID020 – Turn The Water On, Boy! – The Coal Porters
Final Wild Son/Mr. Guthrie/The Sound Of Life/Adam & Evil/Behind My Eyes/Silver Raven/Tea & Tobacco/Butterfly Hearts/These Four Walls/Here In The Dock/Fox Ate My Shoe/A Light From The Mountains
The world now witnesses the birth of Alt-bluegrass! Featuring new songs from the Coal Porters and a startling cover of Gene Clark’s Silver Raven the sales success of Turn The Water On, Boy! has shown the rave reviews it received in Uncut, Mojo, Word, Maverick and Q magazines were all quite correct. Featuring ex-Byrd Chris Hillman on mandolin and mixed to a sonic sheen by Ed Stasium (Ramones, Smithereens, Belinda Carlisle, Jeff Healey Band) this CD is a breakthrough in modern music as Sid & Co. continue to move forward artistically by reversing field. This is bluegrass for both traditionalists and the Clash fan on your block.
SID019 – NO IFS, BUTS, MAYBES – Billy Bremner
The Real Problem/Get A Job/Knocked Me Over With A Feather/What Is The Reason?/No If, But, Maybe/Where We Still Call Home/The Biggest Fool In Town/The Picture We Painted/I Can’t Name Them All/Puttin’ It In Reverse/They Don’t Come Much Better/Only The Sound Of My Heart
Ex-Rockpile guitarist Billy Bremner has backed up everyone from bandmates Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds to Paul McCartney, The Pretenders, The Pogues, Billy Connelly, The Rutles, Neil Innes and even Lulu & The Luuvers. On his third ever solo album and first in years the rock guitar swing king delivers his best yet, a set you bet you will never let outta ‘yer sight you will love it so much!
SID018 – AS CERTAIN AS SUNRISE – Sid Griffin
The Last Kentucky Waltz/You Tore Me Down/Lost In This World Without You/Alibi Bye/Evidence/Where Bluebirds Fly/Just Let Her Go/Wearing Out My Welcome With The Blues/Faithless Disciple/I Come And Stand At Every Door/Tell Me You Still Sing/Written Upon The Birth Of My Daughter
Sid Griffin’s long awaited second solo album, his first in eight years and a surprisingly intimate glimpse into his private life. Released Sept 25, 2005 this is melodic acoustic alt-country at its finest although one track, Just Let Her Go, is a Western Electric reunion and not only features the powerful drums of Dave “the Cockney Cowboy” Morgan but is an unreleased song from the late Doug Sahm (Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornadoes) which also features ex-Small Face Ian MacLagan on keyboards. Recorded in Sid’s living room and in Louisville, Kentucky no other Sid music explains him better. Fact: this album has given Sid Griffin THE BEST REVIEWS IN HIS CAREER by far! (Though the Durango CD by the Coal Porters is gettin’ some great ones at the time of this writing.)
All the releases on this page are readily available as downloads from a variety of sources.
SID017 – HOW DARK THIS EARTH WILL SHINE The Coal Porters
Fair Play, Virginia/Yonder Over Canaan/Morning Song/June Apple Breakdown/No Tongue Can Tell/Leaves On The Trees/Maybe I’ll Cry Tomorrow/Idiot Wind/Teenage Kicks-Old Joe Clark/Polly/New Cut Road
How Dark This Earth Will Shine is the Coal Porters first studio acoustic bluegrass effort. Reviews of How Dark This Earth Will Shine were incredibly positive and you can read them elsewhere on this webpage. Know why the band got invited as one of only thirteen acts to showcase at the recent International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass festival in Kentucky and hear how they could bring audiences to their feet every time. This CD features their latest single “Morning Song” which proved to be a great turntable hit. (Meaning it got a lot of airplay on the BBC, etc.)
Looking For Lewis & Clark (long version)/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
The first ever single CD Long Ryders collection features tracks from their entire career and from every record label the band were on. Featuring liner notes from the rhythm section of Tom Stevens and Greg Sowders as well as Pete Frame’s amazingly informative Long Ryders Family Tree it 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. Now officially Prima Records best selling CD!
SID015 – THREE MINUTE WARNINGS - The Long Ryders
Prairie Fire/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
A great recording of the Long Ryders show at the Bottom Line in New York City on 7th May 1987 which was broadcast live on FM radio. A showcase for a rocking fine band, Sid’s hair looks perfect on the front cover and the CD booklet has notes by the band’s long time manager John Guarnieri. The CD features previously unseen photographs of the band in action. This is rock & roll which emphasises the “roll” part as much as the rock! This album is hotter than a pepperoni and jalapeno sandwich with horse radish.
SID014 – THANK YOU ST. JUDE – Peter Case
Ice Water/Beyond The Blues/Someday Blues/Put Down The Gun/Two Angels/Ginseng Blues/Hidden Love/Travellin’ Light/Poor Old Tom/Leavin’ Home/Entella Hotel/One More Mile/4th of July-Christmas Rag
Thank You St. Jude is Peter Case’s heart-felt “thank you” to his fans. It contains new versions of old favorites, a new number, One More Mile and a rendition of Sleepy John Estes’ Someday Blues. Case is ably assisted on this sparely arranged, emotionally gripping record by his longtime compatriot violinist David Perales. With luck Peter will grace Prima with another equally fantastic release in the near future. Please check out Western Electric’s track When You Find Out on the fantastic Peter Case tribute CD A Case For Case!
SID013 – THE CHRIS HILLMAN TRIBUTE CONCERTS – The Coal Porters
My Uncle/When The Ship Comes In/Summer Wind/Draft Morning/Older Guys/Time Between/Wheels/The Lost Highway/Sin City/Cody, Cody/Brand New Heartache/The Girl With No Name/I Am A Pilgrim/The Fallen Eagle/So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star?/You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
A classic tribute album to one of the key people in the development of folk-rock, psychedelia, long curly hairstyles on men, and country-rock. 16 great songs from various stages of Chris Hillman’s career recorded live and in acoustic bluegrass style. Here is a review from the British newspaper The Observer on Sunday 5th August, 2000:
“In the country-rock hall of honour, Gram Parsons and Roger McGuinn get the acolades ahead of their collaborator, Chris Hillman. Here, London’s own piece of living Americana, Sid Griffin, balances up the dues with loving cover versions Hillman favourites such as the Burrito Brothers’ ‘Older Guys’ and the Byrds’ ‘Draft Morning’, all delivered live in acoustic bluegrass mode. The clucking banjos and fiddle relocate the songs from rock to the country tradition – beautifully so in the case of ‘Sin City’, though it’s debatable whether ‘So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star’ needed the rustic treatment.”
SID012 – DAZZLING DISPLAY (deluxe edition) – Steve Wynn
Drag/Tuesday/When She Comes Around/A Dazzling Display/Halo/Dandy In Disguise/Grace/As It Should Be/Bonnie And Clyde/405/Close Your Eyes/Light Of Hope – BONUS TRACKS: Kool Thing/Boy In The Bubble/Conspiracy Of The Heart/Watching The River Flow/Crazy Feeling/The Long Goodbye
Reissued in February 2000, this is a remastered and expanded edition of Steve’s 1992 album. Included are six bonus tracks taken from radio sessions and live shows. Steve says this might be his favourite release of all his work. Sid’s recent cover of “When She Comes Around” on the recent Steve Wynn tribute CD Man Of Mysteries originated because he so loved the original version of the song found here. Now out of print.
SIDVID011 (VIDEO), SID010 (CD) The Gram Parsons Tribute Concert – The Coal Porters
Luxury Liner/Hickory Wind/One Hundred Years From Now/Drug Store Truck Driving Man/(Sweet) Mental Revenge/Sin City/Return Of The Grievous Angel/Wheels/In My Hour Of Darkness/Older Guys/Hot Burrito #2/Six Days On The Road
Recorded live at The Garage in London on 19th September 1998 when The Coal Porters headlined a Gram Parsons tribute concert. Most tracks are either written by or co-written by Gram Parsons and all were performed by him during his solo career or with The Byrds or The Flying Burrito Bros. The video is now sold out. A DVD with additional material is planned for summer 2012. (Note: three of the Coal Porters on this disc are in Western Electric and the fourth, pedal steel guitarist Rob Childs, now works with comedian Rich Hall.)
SID009 – KEROSENE MAN (deluxe edition) – Steve Wynn
Tears Won’t Help/Carolyn/The Blue Drifter/Younger/Under The Weather/Here On Earth As Well/Something To Remember Me By/Killing Time/Conspiracy Of The Heart/Kerosene Man/Anthem
BONUS TRACKS: Here On Earth As Well (demo)/Our Little House (demo)/Under The Weather (demo)/Mother Earth (demo)/Killing Time (demo)/Carolyn (demo)
Steve Wynn’s first solo album, first released in 1990, has been reissued in a remastered deluxe edition with six bonus tracks. Steve has also thoughtfully added some new sleeve notes. It is a great album and among the many musicians featured are Sid Griffin and Stephen McCarthy. More details and a sample or two can be found on Steve’s website. Now out of print.
SID008 – EP ROULETTE The – Coal Porters
Everything/Emily In Ginger/Who’ll Stop The Rain/Help Me (remastered)/Don’t Fence Me In/Me Here At Your Door (live)
This limited edition six track CD EP contains two completely new songs; a new Coal Porter cover; a live version of Me Here At Your Door recorded direct to two-track at BBC Radio Scotland in Glasgow; a track previously only available on a Finnish John Fogerty tribute album; and a remastered version of a Los London favourite. Expect to pay no more than £4.99 for this disc in the shops, or £4 by mail order or four quid if you see Sid on the street. Previously unavailable in South Africa due to copyright restrictions. Currently unavailable in much of Afghanistan as the Taliban banned music.
When I’m Out Walking With You/Jimmy Reed/Good Times Tomorrow, Hard Times Today/The Rate Of Exchange/I Wish I Was A Mountain/Distant Trains/Sailors And Soldiers/The Man Who Invented The Blues/Monk’s Mood/Flak Jacket/Alma Mater/Jerusalem Road
Released in 1997 the UK and in 1998 in the USA by Country-Town Music this album is Sid Griffin “unplugged” with a collection of new material with the third track being an acoustic reworking of a Long Ryders classic. Recorded with a core band of Sid and UK C&W star Wes McGhee, it includes duets with Billy Bragg and Steve Wynn. The album also features an unreleased track from the late, great Phil Ochs entitled Sailors And Soldiers.
The Word Is Out/Song For The Dreamers /Miracle Mile/Baby, We All Gotta Go Down/The King Of The Losers/Send Me A Postcard/Down To The Bone/Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – BONUS TRACK: Bend In The Road
Originally issued in 1985, this was the debut release by “Danny & Dusty”, a supergroup formed from Paisley Underground acts, fronted by Dan Stuart and Steve Wynn and featuring Sid Griffin, Stephen McCarthy, Tom Stevens, Chris Cacavas and Dennis Duck. The remastered CD includes a bonus track, Bend In The Road, taken from the Zippo/Demon Records compilation Don’t Shoot, previously unseen photos by Amy McMillian and sleevenotes by Steve Wynn. Now out of print.
SID005 – TWO FISTED TALES (deluxe edition) – The Long Ryders
Gunslinger Man/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 – BONUS TRACKS: Ring Bells/State Of My Union(live)/Time Keeps Travelling/Baby We All Gotta Go Down(live)
A deluxe reissue of the Long Ryders’ final studio album, remastered and containing four extra tracks. Two of the Long Ryders claim this was their best recorded work, period. The remodelled packaging includes terrific Greg Allen photos of the guys in their heyday and wonderfully evocative sleevenotes by drummer Greg Sowders, now a song publishing vice-president with Warner-Chappell in Los Angeles. Now out of print.
SID004 – LOS LONDON The – Coal Porters
Me, Here At Your Door/Crackin’ At The Seams/Chasing Rainbows/A Woman To Love/ Apple Tree/It Happened To Me/Santa Mira/After It’s Broken/A Jacobite At Heart/Someone’s Gonna Love You Too/Help Me/Ain’t No Way I’ll Be Your Cowboy
The second fab and groovy full length release from the Coal Porters, including ten Sid Griffin originals and a cover of a very rare Gram Parsons song, Apple Tree, previously recorded only by Johnny Rivers. Guest artists include Billy Bremner of Rockpile, John Bennett of the High Llamas and ex-Freddy Fender drummer Billy Block.
Looking for Lewis and Clark/ 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 – BONUS TRACKS: If I Were a Bramble and You Were a Rose/Southside of the Story/Child Bride/Christmas in New Zealand
First ever appearance of the Long Ryders best selling album from 1985 on CD. Including the UK Top 40 hit Looking for Lewis and Clark, three non-album b-sides and the previously unreleased on CD Christmas in New Zealand! (This song was a fave of the late John Peel. True!) Remastered and featuring sleeve notes from Sid Griffin. Currently Prima is trying to get Universal UK to reissue this with unreleased material but don’t hold your breath. Now out of print.
SID002 – LAND OF HOPE AND CROSBY – The Coal Porters
Imperial Beach/Death Like A Valentine/She Loved Me/What Am I Doin’(In This Thing Called Love)/How Did We Get This Far?/You Can See Them There/Windy City/Playing Dumb #1/ Everybody’s Fault But Mine/What About Tomorrow?/All The Colors Of The World
First full length release from the Coal Porters. Features ex-Long Ryders Sid Griffin and Greg Sowders with lead guitarist Billy Bremner (ex-Rockpile), Chris Cacavas on keyboards (ex-Green On Red), drumming by Gringo Starr and a special appearance on woodwinds by Kate St. John of Dream Academy & Van Morrison fame. It was awarded 4 stars in Q and chosen by Brum Beat as one of the best albums of 1994.
SID001 – METALLIC B.O. – The Long Ryders
You’re Gonna Miss Me/Route 66/Brand New Heartache/ Prisoners Of Rock’N'Roll/Dirty Old Town/Billy Jean/Circle ‘Round The Sun/Six Days On The Road/Anarchy In The U.K./Masters Of War/Sandwich Man/Blues Theme/P.I.L. Theme/I Shall Be Released
A full 72 minutes of rare Ryders from live shows, radio broadcasts and studio outtakes. Fun-filled blistering rock’n'roll from the heart of the Paisley Underground, with extensive sleeve notes by Long Ryder fan club head Rick Gershon, this was praised by Rolling Stone in the USA when originally released on cassette back in 1988. Our warehouse chief Toad says there are no copies left and it is going for big money on eBay!
ALSO AVAILABLE FROM PRIMA RECORDS
MRCD199 – WESTERN ELECTRIC – Western Electric
Theme From Western Electric/Emily In Ginger/10-4/When I’m Out Walking With You/The Power Of Glory/Faithless Disciple/Whirlwind/Love You Down/Carousel Days/Straight From The Heart
The eponymous debut album by Western Electric, in its European configuration. A very elegant combination of trip hop grooves and country soul and twang. Sid Griffin says this is his most accomplished, most fully realised music ever. Billboard magazine agreed in a glowing review…listen up and hear why. (A new Western Electric track appears on Sid’s new solo CD, As Certain As Sunrise.)
RUB17/RUBV17 – REBELS WITHOUT APPLAUSE – The Coal Porters
Roll Columbia Roll/I Tell Her All The Time/ The Light That Shines Within/Rhythm And Blue Angel/Stealin’ Horses/Sittin’ In An Isle Of Palms (live BBC rec)/Stuck On An Island/The John F. Kennedy Blues (live)/The March Of The Tapdancin’ Rats
The first Coal Porters release, available as an Australian vinyl 12″ EP on Rubber Records containing the first five tracks only, or as a full length UK album on Utility Records. (Note: keyboardist Andy Kaulkin, second from left on front cover, is now the head of super hip record labels Anti and Epitaph Records in Los Angeles. Alas he has yet to offer Sid or the Coal Porters a record deal.)
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