Native Sons

Native Sons

by The Long Ryders

CD(Remastered / Reissue)

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Native Sons

Native Sons was the first full-length album by the Long Ryders and the one that established their eclectic mixture of Byrds/Clash/Flying Burrito Brothers' influences. The band recycled those influences, literally, going so far as to recreate the cover of an unreleased Buffalo Springfield album, Stampede, for Native Sons and using the producer of the first two Flying Burrito Brothers albums, Henry Lewy. Native Sons lovingly captures the band's musical obsessions, while turning in an original sound that became the banner for both the paisley underground and cowpunk styles in the mid-'80s. Highlights include several forays into country on "Final Wild Son," the Mel Tillis composition "Sweet Mental Revenge," "Fair Game," and the humorous "Never Got to Meet the Mom," complete with a raging down-home banjo break. "Ivory Tower," featuring the late ex-Byrd Gene Clark on vocals, remains the greatest song the Byrds never wrote and one of the most sincere tributes to that band's sound. The album's final track, "I Had a Dream," reveals the punk sensibility, cranking the jangling Rickenbackers up to ten, closing with cacophonous feedback. On Native Sons, the Long Ryders pioneered a musical design that future alternative roots rockers would use as a manual. [A later reissue added the Long Ryders' initial EP, 10-5-60.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2011
Label: Prima
UPC: 0793962000248
catalogNumber: 24
Rank: 51487

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Long Ryders   Primary Artist
Gene Clark   Vocals
Brewer   Bass,Vocals
Sid Griffin   Guitar,Harmonica,Autoharp,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Group Member
Phil Kenzie   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Pearlman   Steel Guitar
Greg Sowders   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Tom Stevens   Electric Bass,Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Group Member
Stephen McCarthy   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Keyboards,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Mel Tillis   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Long Ryders   Producer
Brewer   Composer
Sid Griffin   Composer
Ethan James   Producer,Engineer
Cyril Jordan   Composer
Henry Lewy   Producer,Engineer
Earle Mankey   Producer,Engineer
Paul McKenna   Producer,Engineer
Greg Sowders   Composer
Tom Stevens   Composer
Ed Clover   Cover Photo
Barry Shank   Composer
Chris Wilson   Composer
John Mackey   Liner Notes
Stephen McCarthy   Composer

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