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The enhanced portion contains notes written by Neil Fallon, pictures of the band, videos, and other material. Includes Earthlink internet access software.
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Media Type: CD
Artist: CLUTCH
Title: ELEPHANT RIDERS
Street Release Date: 04/14/1998
Domestic
Genre: ROCK/POP

1. The Elephant Riders
2. Ship Of Gold
3. Eight Times Over Miss October
4. The Soapmakers
5. The Yeti
6. Muchas Veces
7. Green Buckets
8. Wishbone
9. Crackerjack
10. The Dragonfly

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 14, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000062HS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Also it has one of the best Clutch songs ever written on it "The Soapmakers".
Matthew Lee
The cerebral lyrics that keep you interested while moving your mind a bit, it's there as well.
Brandon
I can only recommend it, even though 'Clutch' is maybe the better album to start with.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By BW on July 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to Clutch since '93, when Transnational Speedway League came out. I found their stripped-down sound to be great, but what captured my attention was the unbelievably clever lyrics. Granted, I had to follow along via liner notes as Neil Fallon's vocal chords seemed to be shredding on every other track. Clutch is, by far, the most original of bands as far as songwriting goes; they're like a white-trash version of Rush. Now with this album, it's true, much of the aggression is gone and this is far more mellow, but the witty lyrics continue to flow. 'Ship of Gold' and 'The Soapmakers' being good examples of lyrical prowess and also good jams. Lastly, if you think Clutch has taken a mellower tack, hey--I'm down with any band that can work a trombone solo into the mix. Let's see other bands do THAT! So what if they're not as aggro as they were in 1993? Hey, maybe some of 'em got married and had kids! I have since then. Leave us old farts alone!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Clutch is one of the most wicked and deliciously un-commercial bands out there, but with their underground status comes PURE GENIUS! Clutch is so misunderstood, but the true appeal of the band's uniqueness comes through on "The Elephant Riders," their Columbia Records debut.
Frankly, I'm amazed that Columbia even got what this band was about. Imagine taking everything you love about Black Sabbath and classic stoner Rock, update the production, write lyrics that are incredibly clever and make it hip for anyone who's ever dared to question what hip is. Clutch is everything a Hard Rock fan could want without an ounce of pretentiousness.
Clutch's lyrics sound like they were stolen from the script of "Deliverance," and their backwoods, fuzzy guitar tones will mystify with their hypnotic groove.
Clutch is one of the most under-appreciated bands of the decade - if you don't own this album, BUY IT. It's well worth the sonic pleasure it will bring.
True fans should seek out their newly released "Jam Room" EP. It's well worth the effort.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on October 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Jam metal isn't a genre that one hears much, but if Clutch is any indication, it has some serious potential. This album boasts an intense power groove that could easily lead to whiplash from excessive head bobbing. The title track and "Eight Times Over Miss October" stand out especially. Each song is led by Tim Sult's grinding, stuttering guitars and Neil Fallon's guttural vocal wail. The rhythm section backs the songs well with booming bass lines and infectious, propulsive drumbeats. Clutch excel at making heavy music that is also extremely catchy and groovy, with a jam element that is rare in metal. For fans looking for a band that rocks like no other, Clutch is a good place to start.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Francis on September 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I don't understand the popular sentiment among Clutch fans that this album isn't up to par with the rest of their material. This is one of, if not their very best, album to date. For my money, Blast Tyrant is still their absolute best and one of the top rock albums ever made, but Elephant Riders is very close. Every song is outstanding and Clutch take some gambles here that really pay off. It is remarkable to see the transitions made in their first three releases, and the improvements they made to their sound in each. Elephant Riders, in my opinion, was the first Clutch album with cohesive song writing and really technical playing. With the Soapmakers, you have one of the greatest Clutch songs ever, featuring a totally different country rock feel, with a new style from Neil, and some outstanding riffs and lyrics. The brass accompaniment on the instrumental Crackerjack is really outstanding, while Clutch returns to some full on heavy metal with Dragonfly - hearkening back to their Transatlantic Speedway days but totally exceeding anything on that record.

I just don't understand why this album isn't seen as one of the greatest in Clutch's catalog because for my money it certainly deserves to be recognized as such.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nikya Kuan on December 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you're a hard rock/metal fan who actually listens to lyrics, and apreciates great guitar riffs... buy this album. I don't think there's a metal band out there with more clever (sometimes comical) lyrics. And talk about a voice to fall in love with! Mean, deep and f-ing cool! No more whiney nouveau "punk" vocals giving you a wicked headache. It's all just wicked, minus the headache.

I've never met anyone who didn't like the band on first review. They're just too cool for that. And they need YOU to spread the word because they're way too overlooked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Ulrey on February 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Clutch have had a hard time finding a niche in today's metal market as characterized by bands like Korn and Machine Head, though their sound isn't entirely dissimilar. The difference is that Clutch drops the macho posturing altogether, loses the overdriven distortion in favor of clean, downtuned grooves, and has a lyrical snap that makes dimwits of the rest of the scene without nailing itself down for interpretation. This is both a good and a bad thing. Though the music kicks ass throughout with no lapses in quality, the lyrics and general theme of this album left me quite perplexed about what to make of it all. Now, it's not unusual for a band these days to have nonsensical lyrics, but vocalist Neil Fallon fills the songs with such a sense of earthy descriptiveness that it's hard to believe there's no point underneath it all. For instance, consider this: "Once around the stump then twice around the ceiling/ Now eight times over Miss October is out for me... Once again I'm denied my joy." As it turns out, the band's new home in West Virginia has imbued in them an appreciation for history, and much of the lyrics are based on real-life incidents (though no doubt with a significant poetic license). That aside, it's worth repeating that no weak tracks are to be found on "Elephant Riders", though nothing is as immediately classic as "Spacegrass" or "Binge And Purge". But the fact remains that Clutch just seems like a band outside of all time and place, meaning they're always likely to threaten off any mainstream popularity that could befall them. I'll drink to that. There's also a pretty good multimedia supplement that goes a long way toward clearing up some of the obscure lyrics, although in some cases it adds even more mystique to the songs.Read more ›
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