"OX4 - The Best of Ride," highlighting the recorded output of the defunct British shoegazer outfit, will see a stateside release Nov. 5 through San Francisco independent label The First Time Records.
"OX4 - The Best of Ride," highlighting the recorded output of the defunct British shoegazer outfit, will see a stateside release Nov. 5 through San Francisco independent label The First Time Records. Expanding on the U.K. version issued by Ignition in October 2001, the U.S. set appends a bonus four-track disc of rare material.
Founded in Oxfordshire in 1988 by guitarist/vocalist Andy Bell (now of Oasis), vocalist/guitarist Mark Gardener, bassist Stephan Queralt, and drummer Loz Colbert, Ride signed to Alan McGee's Creation label a year later. Inked to Sire in the United States, the band released four EPs and four albums (1990's "Nowhere," 1992's "Going Blank Again," 1994's "Carnival of Light," and 1996's "Tarantula") before disbanding in January 1996.
Serving as an ideal introduction for newcomers, "OX4" includes American college radio favorites such as "Chelsea Girl," "Like a Daydream," and "Vapour Trail," the band's commercial alternative breakthroughs "Leave Them All Behind" and "Twisterella," plus more experimental fare such as "I Don't Know Where It Comes From" and "Black Night Crash.
The inclusion of outtakes and demos, however, makes "OX4" a must have for Ride completists. Of the bonus tracks, The First Time head Gagan Palrecha says, "'Something's Burning,' which was recorded around the time of 'Carnival of Light,' never made it past the demo stage and we can't fathom why. It seems like it would have made a perfect single. Another song, 'Tongue Tied,' was recorded for 'Going Blank Again,' but was chopped off the final album. It too, has stood the test of time well."
After years of inactivity, Ride regrouped in September 2001 for a jam session intended for broadcast on the U.K.'s Channel 4. Only one minute of footage was shown, so the band recently opted to release "Coming up for Air," a limited-edition EP of the session, exclusively via its official Web site.
And while Palrecha reports that there are currently no plans for a full-scale Ride reunion -- largely due to Bell's obligations with Oasis -- he says it's not completely out of the question. "The band were actually asked by Radiohead to be openers but they declined," he reports. "However, I've been told that it's not impossible."