NOW PLAYING: 'NOWHERE' BY RIDE...
Originally released in 1990, this is the re-re-re-release (I think, I may have missed a ‘re’ there somewhere but you catch my drift). This 2022 version comes in delightful transparent Curacao blue and was released to coincide with the band's 30th Anniversary Tour.
‘Nowhere’ is considered to be one of the best albums of the 90s but I admit I haven’t heard it in years as it reminds me of a dear departed friend who left us way too soon. I heard ‘Vapour Trail’ on BBC6Music recently and received an email announcing the reissue of the album shortly after, saw it as a sign and added it to my Christmas list, thankfully Santa was reading!
For those unaware, ‘Nowhere’ is a delicious slice of shoegaze goodness, all distorted guitars and planned racket. This is the 8-track, 40-minute version which hits hard straight out of the blocks, double guitars being thrashed over a very 90s rhythm section to produce an album that, for me anyway, needed a few listens to get my head around. 30 years later I get it.
The album was built on the foundation laid by the previous EPs which were released before the LP came out. These have also been released to celebrate the 30th Anniversary Tour and my copy is sitting patiently waiting to be played!
Ride never really got the acclaim or attention of their contemporaries My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive which is a shame as ‘Nowhere’ showed they could compete with the best of the time.
If you fancy being taken for a ride back to the early 90s then this delightfully hued version is available all over the place for around £24.
Tracks To Try: ‘Seagull’, ‘Kaleidoscope’, ‘Polar Bear’, ‘Vapour Trail’.