Carnival of Light

Carnival of Light

by Ride
     
 
Credit Ride for using only their own creative radar, completely ignoring all outside expectations for their third LP. Listeners could tell they had a love for the likes of the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, but admiring the Black Crowes was practically out of the question for the scene that birthed them. Even Crowes producer George Drakoulias was called in to produce,

Overview

Credit Ride for using only their own creative radar, completely ignoring all outside expectations for their third LP. Listeners could tell they had a love for the likes of the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, but admiring the Black Crowes was practically out of the question for the scene that birthed them. Even Crowes producer George Drakoulias was called in to produce, but John Leckie ended up working on the majority. Fans generally didn't dig the classic vibe, and the lazy-daisy, pastoral record fared poorly. Carnival's first side largely consists of Mark Gardener's songs, while the latter is mainly Andy Bell's affair. Gardener's contributions are solid. "1000 Miles" lifts '60s jangle convincingly. "From Time to Time" is a "Vapour Trail" part two of sorts, lyrically, introduced with tasteful Rhodes tones from Andy Bell. Bell's songs, however, tend to falter. While he wrote the bulk of the band's prior top material, he's trumped here; in fact, Loz Colbert's "Natural Grace" wipes the mat with Bell's work. Perhaps Bell's ego was too big to recognize the lyrical shortcomings of "Crown of Creation," the poor Al Greenism of "Endless Road," and the outright flimsiness of "I Don't Know Where It Comes From," which features a kiddie choir. Despite the gaps in song quality and that hackneyed Creation cover, Carnival of Light creates a pleasant, freewheeling feeling throughout. The LP might have run better with the extraction of some of the duff, which is all the more frustrating when considering the quality of the B-sides from this period. Album number three, despite its troubles, remains a pleasant listen and was unlike anything released at the time in the U.K. [Ignition U.K. remastered and reissued the record in 2001, adding three of the several B-sides from the singles released in support of the LP.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/1994
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624561026
catalogNumber:
45610

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ride   Primary Artist
Jon Lord   Hammond Organ
Kick Horns   Horn
Christchurch Cathedral School Choir   Choir, Chorus
Loz Colbert   Percussion,Drums
Electra Strings   Strings
Steve Queralt   Bass,fender rhodes
Simon Whalley   Choir, Chorus
Mark Gardener   Guitar,Vocals,Tamboura
Andy Bell   Guitar,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,fender rhodes

Technical Credits

John Cornfield   Engineer
George Drakoulias   Producer
John Leckie   Producer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Nigel Godrich   Engineer
Tom Nellen   Engineer
Julie Gardner   Engineer
Chris Brown   Engineer

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