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Going Blank Again

RideAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 17, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LSL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Leave Them All Behind
2. Twisterella
3. Not Fazed
4. Chrome Waves
5. Mouse Trap
6. Time Of Her Time
7. Cool Your Boots
8. Making Judy Smile
9. Time Machine
10. 0X4

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly underrated Shoegazer Classic. Buy this CD. September 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I am always surprised how often Ride's masterpiece is overlooked or ranked below "Nowhere". Clearly "Nowhere" was a seminal CD and showed their promise, but it was on this CD, "Going Blank Again", that Mark Gardener showed VAST improvement on his vocals, and he and Andy Bell (now of Oasis) truly came into their own as songwriters. The quality of the production is superb, though perhaps not brilliant, and the band play their instruments with consummate skill and were clearly well-rehearsed before going into the studio.

With classics such as "Cool Your Boots", "Chrome Waves" and "Leave It All Behind" (among others), this CD would be worth buying for those tracks alone. But there's hardly a weak track on it! "Time Machine"'s intro is a bit over-long, as is the intro for the genuinely emotional and beautifully melodic "OX4", but otherwise this shoegazer classic is virtually without peer. (excepting of course such CDs as MBV's "Loveless", Lush's "Gala", and a few others).

Ride are one of the very best shoegazer bands to ever put their sounds to record, and this is without a doubt their very best effort (kind of went downhill after this one I'm afraid). The wall of sound, haunting vocal lines blended with layers of chorus and verb and feedback's all there. Just listen to it. You'll thank yourself.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great, but sadly unknown band January 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When I was in college in the very early 90s, I was totally obsessed with Ride. I had all their albums, posters, t-shirts, you name it! Should have kept them all, as they may have been worth something now. :-) I even saw them a few times in concert, and I thought it was the high point of my life when one of the guys from the band (Steve) came out and talked to me and my friends for half an hour after one show. After I left school in 1993 I sort of lost touch with the whole "alternative" music scene--it was just this year that I learned Ride had broken up! It seems like they are getting more attention now than when they were together.
Of all the bands I used to love, this one had probably best stood the test of time (well, the last 10 years anyway). This album, along with their early EPs and Nowhere, are masterpieces of british guitar pop. Unlike many of the shoegazing bands, who were relentlessly depressing in their music and lyrics, Ride's albums can actually cheer you up, and don't sound too dated. It's too bad they had to go mess things up with the "Carnival of Light" weirdness. They were on the brink of crossover semi-stardom with Going Blank Again, and if they had made another album of the same quality, they could have been a lot bigger. Oh well, at least those of us in the know can still enjoy their older stuff!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Classic November 2, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Ride was one of the most underappreciated bands of the '90s. From their beginnings as a "shoegazing" white noise band to their later '60s-retro-pop stylings, Ride always wowed critics and fans alike. Oddly enough, the band is more popular five years after they disbanded than they were while active. Surely this is a result of word-of-mouth praise that has followed such standout albums as Going Blank Again (1992).
Going Blank Again was a perfect synthesis of the "shoegazing" elements of their sound and the melodic guitar pop they favored later on. This album is truly a lost classic. Do yourself a favor and check out this underappreciated gem. Make sure you listen to "Cool Your Boots", "Chrome Waves", "Leave Them All Behind" and "Twisterella". All of these songs stand out as a high water mark for the genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Leave them all Behind" is a classic January 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I got into Ride in about 1996 and I fell in love with their early "Melodic Wall of Sound" (a love which led to buy MBV's "Loveless" BTW).
I found most of this album average, but "Leave them all Behind" is 8 minutes and 30 seconds of exceptionally loud psychadelia, drawing first from a synthesizer beat, then accompanied by bass and drums, and then about 15 very loud and noisy guitars playing the same notes.
As far as I know, Ride is the only band that sounds better when you turn the treble up high and let the shoegazer shrill send shivers through your synapses!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ride's Magnum Opus October 16, 2011
Format:Audio CD
The Going Blank Again album catches Oxfordshire's greatest band ever, Ride, at their zenith. Here they are more experienced and sophisticated than on their earlier efforts but not yet corrupted by the pride and laziness that come with fame and fortune, as seen on Carnival of Light or Tarantula for that matter. On this album Laurence Colbert's drumming, always a pillar of the band's sound, really comes to the fore. He's probably one of the most underrated percussionists in modern rock. His riffs and fills on "Cool Your Boots" for example will have you hitting the back button over and over and over. This album was produced more professionally than Smile, Nowhere, or the earlier singles, and it shows. Whereas Nowhere sounds like it was recorded in an aquarium, Going Blank Again is clearly the work of a first-rate producer (in this case Alan Moulder of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire). Last but not least, although most of Ride's written critical acclaim mentions Nowhere in the first paragraph, Going Blank Again is at once more accessible and more intricate and therefore more deserving of mention. I highly recommend this masterpiece to any music fan, and as a devoted Ride fanatic, I recommend that newcomers to the band should begin their education by purchasing this CD immediately.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FAVE EVER
This is my first tangible audio CD and I'm very glad I waited for Ride in particular. The grinding guitar, the blending vocals, the "atmospheric wall of sound" overwhelm me... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bailey Barkley
4.0 out of 5 stars like it
the first Ride album might be more critically acclaimed but this album is more consistent and upbeat. Sort of reminiscent of the Stone Roses.
Published 20 months ago by matthew s klapper
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Second Release
Going Blank Again was Ride's second album, riding off the popularity of Nowhere, their first. Bassist Andy Bell was absolutely at the top of his form here. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lisa Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
I bought this for the live DVD and was not disappointed. Great footage for a band that definitely is a hidden gem. The remaster sounds great as well. Definitely their best album.
Published 21 months ago by Matt S. Kojder
5.0 out of 5 stars I Had Forgotten How Good It Is...
Ride has long been a favorite of mine, but this beautifully remastered version of Going Blank Again is a revelation, making it clear what a remarkable album it truly is. Read more
Published on July 6, 2011 by James Richard C.
5.0 out of 5 stars great re-mastering job
yeah, they did an excellent job remastering this album; and excellent addition of bsides from the two singles, leave em all behind and twisterella. worth the purchase, definitely. Read more
Published on October 25, 2010 by Matthew Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Blank Again... WOW! Only gets better with time
Thank you good people at Ignition UK for this essential re-issue. This album is now solidified among the best of the 1990s. Read more
Published on September 15, 2010 by D. R. Eriksen
4.0 out of 5 stars More Ride Excellence
Everyone always talks about Nowehere when the band Ride is brought up in conversation. This album definitely deserves a mention too. In some ways it's a superior album to Nowhere. Read more
Published on June 4, 2010 by Carlton T. Barzon
4.0 out of 5 stars Shoegaze!
This album is worth the price just for the first song - an epic 8-minute shoegaze classic!
Published on April 30, 2010 by Nicholas Bertram
5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL ! ONE OF THE BEST CD'S OF THE 90'S !!!
Cousin Bobby here to tell ya about another classic cd- this one from Ride- Going Blank Again.
Easily one of the best cds from the 90's. Read more
Published on February 9, 2010 by Cousin Bobby
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