These Beautiful Ghosts

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The beginning of Ride's descent, according to many a shoegazer, can be traced to the day someone slipped the band a copy of the Byrds' Notorious Byrd Brothers. From that moment, the band underwent a complete makeover. Multiple layers of storming guitars were replaced with an acoustic guitar, strings, and a tamboura and a contribution from Deep Purple's Jon Lord, while the shabby university dropout look was exchanged for Laurel Canyon chic as if they had taken a time machine back to the 1969 set of Mr. Dressup. Any detractor with common sense had to at least concede that Mark Gardener's songs on Carnival of Light "From Time to Time," for instance easily surpassed the ones ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The beginning of Ride's descent, according to many a shoegazer, can be traced to the day someone slipped the band a copy of the Byrds' Notorious Byrd Brothers. From that moment, the band underwent a complete makeover. Multiple layers of storming guitars were replaced with an acoustic guitar, strings, and a tamboura and a contribution from Deep Purple's Jon Lord, while the shabby university dropout look was exchanged for Laurel Canyon chic as if they had taken a time machine back to the 1969 set of Mr. Dressup. Any detractor with common sense had to at least concede that Mark Gardener's songs on Carnival of Light "From Time to Time," for instance easily surpassed the ones written by Andy Bell "Crown of Creation", so it was apparent that Gardener's transition was relatively natural. And then came Tarantula, where the downward spiral began to look more like a greased chute -- Gardener was roughly only eight percent responsible for that. Between then and the 2005 release of his first solo album, Gardener released a single on Shifty Disco, made an album with the hard-to-remember Animalhouse, recorded a couple guest appearances, and did some ambitious touring. He used the money from the touring to finance These Beautiful Ghosts, an album that doesn't stray all that far from Carnival of Light "Snow in Mexico," "Getting out of Your Own Way," and the eight-years-old "Magdalen Sky" especially. It's less ambitious and more emotionally rounded, backed by fellow Oxford natives Goldrush, a band with an apparent affinity for the likes of Neil Young, the Band, and therefore latter-day Teenage Fanclub. Gardener's more skilled as a singer, which could either be a good or bad thing, depending on what angle you're coming from: you'll either think he sounds better than ever or miss the charmingly naïve boyishness heard on Nowhere or both. His songs are generally strong, which helps make up for the fact that they're not an advance from what he was doing a full decade prior see also: Slowdive/Mojave 3/Neil Halstead/Rachel Goswell.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: United Opportunity
  • UPC: 185922000021
  • Catalog Number: 1002
  • Sales rank: 127,701

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Snow in Mexico - Goldrush (4:12)
  2. 2 Getting Out of Your Own Way - Goldrush (4:48)
  3. 3 To Get Me Through - Goldrush (5:05)
  4. 4 Magdalen Sky - Goldrush (3:32)
  5. 5 Rhapsody - Goldrush (5:50)
  6. 6 Summer Turns to Fall - Goldrush (4:07)
  7. 7 Beautiful Ghosts - Goldrush (4:42)
  8. 8 Flaws of Perception - Goldrush (5:16)
  9. 9 The Story of the Eye - Goldrush (4:01)
  10. 10 Where Are You Now? - Goldrush (4:30)
  11. 11 Water and Wine - Goldrush (2:27)
  12. 12 Gravity Flow - Goldrush (6:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Gardener Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Flute, Piano, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Harp, Keyboards, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Fuzz Bass, Guitar (Rickenbacker), Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Grasshopper Guitar
Roddy Lorimer Trumpet
Suzanne Thorpe Flute
Joe Bennett & Sparkletones Organ, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Double Bass, Mellotron, Lap Steel Guitar, Tack Piano, Group Member
Nick Moorbath Acoustic Guitar
Stuart Thomas Trumpet
Clive Poole Bass
Bill Racine Guitar
Robin Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Cat Martino Background Vocals
Sacha Lucashenko Bass
Garo Nahoulakian Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Group Member
Gene Park Viola
Graham Roby Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Hamish Wall Bass, Percussion, 12-string Guitar, Guitar (Rickenbacker), Group Member
Sam Williams Percussion, Harmonium, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Technical Credits
Henry Miller Author
Barry Hammond Engineer
Mark Gardener Composer, Programming, Producer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Kevin McMahon Engineer
Daniel Power Composer
Bill Racine Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Robin Bennett Composer, Programming
Linda Aldredge Artwork
Robbie Rowlands Engineer
Sam Williams Producer, Brass Arrangment
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