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State Of Our Union

The Long Ryders

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Customer Reviews

One of the great lost classics

First heard this back in the 80's when my brother bought it on vinyl, and although at the time I was into Bowie / Bolan / New Wave / Electronica I fell in love with it and played it a lot. Since the rise of CDs I had completely forgotten about it until I heard "Lights of Downtown" on the radio and I immediately checked it out on iTunes. Glad I did, because it's a fresh and packed with great riffs and melodies. I'm now a big fan of The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Teenage Fanclub etc. but this album tops the lot. Buy it, I assure you you won't be disappointed!

One of the greats

I've been trying to find this for ages!
Looking for Lewis and Clark is undoubtedly one of the finest songs from the era. I'm only ashamed now that I didn't appreciate the rest of the album when it first came out.
There's some great songs here that just keep growing. If they were a new band they'd be lauded to the heavens today.

Gritty, melodic, original and bloody good!

Bought this in the 80s and then spent years trying to find it again after my mate's tape player (yes, really) chewed it up in the early nineties. It was released again some years later on CD to my eternal delight. Such a great variety of songs on this album and I cannot think of one dud track, at least from tracks 1-11 as per the the original version. A true classic that never got anything like the recognition it deserved. My favourite album ever.

Biography

Formed: 1981

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

Although they played the same clubs as most of Los Angeles' "paisley underground" bands (i.e., Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade) and even featured Dream Syndicate leader Steve Wynn in an early lineup, the Long Ryders were actually more a roots rock group strongly influenced by Gram Parsons. The group was founded by Kentucky native Sid Griffin, a Parsons devotee who moved to Los Angeles after hearing about that city's punk scene, with guitarist Stephen McCarthy and drummer Greg Sowders. The group's first...
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