The Long Ryders were originally formed in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. The group was strongly influenced by Gram Parsons and The Byrds, with country and punk rock influences.
Their was sound reminiscent of Gram Parsons, Buffalo Springfield and The Flying Burrito Brothers, but with a harder edge. Interesting that former Byrd Gene Clark added vocals to the song "Ivory Tower," from Native Sons. The group disbanded in 1987, but has reunited briefly in at least two occasions.
The band featured Sid Griffin, on guitar, autoharp, and bugle, Stephen McCarthy, guitar, steel guitar, mandolin, and banjo, Tom Stevens, as bassist, and Greg Sowders, playing drums and percussion.
Key Band Members:
Sid Griffin: Songwriter; vocals, 12 and 6 str. guitars, autoharp, harmonica. Original member.
Stephen McCarthy: Songwriter; vocals, lead guitars, mandolin, lap steel, banjo. Original member.
Greg Sowders: Drums. Original member.
Tom Stevens: Bass and vocals. Joined in 1984 after the recording of 10-5-60.
Des Brewer: Bass and vocals. Left in 1983 after the recording of 10-5-60.
Tracks: 1. Join My Gang / 2. I Don't Care What's Right, I Don't Care What's Wrong / 3. 10-5-60 / 4. And She Rides / 5. Born to Believe in You
Rating : 6
2. Native Sons - Zippo 1984
Tracks: 1. Neighbour Don't Worry / 2. Down To The Wire / 3. Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It / 4. Instrumenta1. Final Wild Son / 2. Still Get By / 3. Ivory Tower / 4. Run Dusty Run / 5. Mental Revenge / 6. Fair Game / 7. Tell It to the Judge on Sunday / 8. Wreck of the 809 / 9. Too Close to the Light / 10. Never Got to Meet the Mom / 11. I Had a Dream
Rating : 8
3. State of Our Union - Island 1985
Tracks: 1. Looking for Lewis and Clark / 2. Lights of Downtown / 3. WDIA / 4. Mason-Dixon Line / 5. Here Comes That Train / 6. Years Long Ago / 7. Good Times Tomorrow, Hard Times Today / 8. Two Kinds of Love / 9. You Just Can't Ride the Boxcars Anymore / 10. Capturing the Flag / 11. State of My Union
Rating : 8
Tracks: 1. Gunslinger Man / 2. I Want You Bad / 3. A Stitch in Time / 4. The Light Gets in the Way / 5. Prairie Fire / 6. Baby's in Toyland / 7. Long Story Short / 8. Man of Misery / 8. Harriet Tubman's Gonna Carry Me Home / 9. For the Rest of My Days / 10. Spectacular Fall
Rating : 7
5. Anthology (2 CDs) - Polygram 1998
Tracks: 1. 10-5-60 / 2. And She Rides / 3. Born to Believe in You / 4. You Don't Know What's Right, You Don't Know What's Wrong / 5. Join My Gang / 6. Final Wild Son / 7. Ivory Tower / 8. Still Get By / 9. Run Dusty Run / 8. Mental Revenge / 9. Fair Game / 10. Too Close to the Light / 11. I Had a Dream / 12. I'll Get Out Somehow / 13. Masters of War / 14. I Can't Hide / 14. Lights of Downtown / 15. Mason-Dixon Line / 16. Capturing the Flag / 17. Years Long Ago / 18. Looking for Lewis and Clark / 19. State of My Union / 20. Two Kinds of Love / 21. If I Were a Bramble and You Were a Rose / 22. Christmas in New Zealand / 23. Basic Black / 24. Pushin' Uphill / 25. He Can Hear His Brother Calling / 26. 17 Ways / 27. He's Got Himself a Young Girl / 28. Gunslinger Man / 29. I Want You Bad / 30. A Stitch in Time / 31. Baby's in Toyland / 32. Harriet Tubman's Gonna Carry Me Home / 33. The Light Gets in the Way / 34. Spectacular Fall / 35. Flak Jacket / 36. Ring Bells / 37. Prisoners of Rock & Roll (Live)
Rating : 8
Original albums as listed and rated on “Rate Your Music” - January 12 - 2010
107 State of Our Union - 1985
113 Native Sons - 1984
151 Two Twisted Tales - 1987
19 ( for EPs) 10-5-60 - 1983 Check and Rate Here!
My Suggestion For a 60 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation:
1. I Want You Bad ( Adams ) Two Twisted Tales
2. A Stich in Time ( Stevens ) Two Twisted Tales
3. Ivory Tower ( Shank ) Native Sons
4. Born to Believe in You ( Griffin ) 10-5-60
5. Join My Gang ( Griffin ) 10-5-60
6. The Trip ( McCarthy ) 10-5-60
7. I Had a Dream ( McCarthy ) Native Sons
8. Looking For Lewis and Clark ( Griffin ) State of Our Union
9. Gunslinger Man ( Griffin ) Two Twisted Tales
10. Baby's in Toyland ( Griffin ) Two Twisted Tales
11. Harriet Tubman's Gonna Carry Me ( Griffin ) Two Twisted Tales
12. For the Rest of My Days ( McCarthy ) Two Twisted Tales
13. If I Were a Bramble ( Griffin ) Anthology
14. I Don't Care What Right ( McCarthy/Brewer ) 10-5-60
15. Years Long Ago ( Stevens ) Native Sons
16. Lights of Downtown ( McCarthy ) Native Sons
17. Man of Misery ( McCarthy ) Two Twisted Tales