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Last Wave Rockers [Vinyl]

4.7 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (June 8, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lookout Records
  • ASIN: B00004W54B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
"Operation Ivy" is the best American lp of theeighties, but up until now I chalked that up to Tim Armstrong and MattFreeman, because Rancid was the best American band of the 90's. Out of curiosity, I picked up "Common Rider," just to see how/what Jesse was doing (I heard he was a buddhist monk or something). Well, I was shocked by just how catchy, hooky, intelligent, powerful and downright fantastic this cd is. It's funny that everyone is saying that this isn't like "Operation Ivy." The sound is exactly what I was expecting/hoping for. I mean, yeah, the bloke isn't 19 anymore, he's not going to blast out 2 minute desperate, nihilistic diatribes condemning society and calling for an end to violence. Now, like most of us, he is inspired and affected most by his interpersonal relationships. And I love hearing every word of it. The pace of the songs is slower, not surprisingly, and the music is even more stripped down than "Operation Ivy's" believe it or not. The bass is much more raggaeish than Matt Freeman's and the guitar parts are simpler. In conclusion, AMAZING album. It surpassed my wildest expectations.
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This is one of my favorite CDs ever. If you like Op Ivy, Rancid, Sublime, or any ska/punk ull LOVE this CD! get his then get "This is Unity Music"
This is a great branch off of Op Ivy, its got awesome punk and ska tracks!
1. Classics of Love - 10/10
2. Castaways - 10/10
3. Signal Signal - 8/10
4. Carry On - 10/10
5. Rise or Fall - 7/10
6. True Rulers - 10/10
7. Conscience Burning - 10/10
8. On Broadway - 9/10
9. Heatseekers - 9/10
10. A Place Where We Can Stay - 7/10
11. Walk Down The River - 8/10
12. Rough Redemption - 10/10
13. Deep Spring - 10/10
14. Angels At Play - 9/10
15. Dixie Roadrash [Hidden Track] - 10/10
My very favorites: Classics of Love, Carry On, True Rulers, Castaways, but wow they are all so good...
Jesse Michael is a genius
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By A Customer on October 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The true test of any band when they release a record is the replay value. Sure, a band might release two, maybe three singles on the radio, but when you get the record home and pop it in, blatently, the rest sucks. Common Rider conquers this obstacle, despite having no air play, and constructs an album that can be listened to strait through, over and over.
Most people who pick this record up will probably hope to hear the political sneer of Jesse Michaels, formerly of Operation Ivy. This isn't so, and maybe two of the songs off Last Wave Rockers contain the angst of Operation Ivy. Instead, Common Rider creates a more melodic, simplistic, Reggae sound, dealing with simple, common issues about love.
Does this mean Operation Ivy fans will be turned off by this record? Not unless you havn't got taste in music. The albums great, and hopefully they'll record a new album soon.
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This is my favorite post-Op Ivy Jesse Michaels album. I love the acoustic/ska/rap feel. If you had to choose between this album and "This Is Unity Music", I would HIGHLY recommend this one. By HIGHLY I mean this album is amazing compared to TIUM. TIUM is good but it's way too alternative rock for me. Pay close attention to the bass guitar of this album; it contributes to the fantastic arrangement of music this album has to offer.

While Jesse Michaels is putting out some great music with his new band Classics of Love, in my opinion he has yet to make anything better than "Last Wave Rockers" since the demise of Operation Ivy.
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Format: Audio CD
Even though I have yet to buy any of their CD's, I consider myself a fan of Common Rider. I saw these guys live on the Plea For Peace Tour in St. Louis on Friday, September 27, 2002. They simply rocked the place. I even got Jesse Michaels (former lyricist/lead vocals of Operation Ivy) to sign my Operation Ivy shirt after their set. After seeing them live, I would highly reccomend any of their stuff to anyone; especially to those of you who are just getting into punk/ska/raggae. They have all influences in them. My rating is based on their live performance.
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Hey I loved this cd! Intelligent, capable songwriting. Delightful thrown-together yet professional, precise sound. Worth every penny, I hope to see more.
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By A Customer on July 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I never buy cds of bands that ive never heard. The description from some guy to me at a show of Common Rider as being "Jesse Michaels new thing", however, sent electrical impulses through my body, magnetically transporting me to the local record shop. At first, i was wary. The thought that i hadn't bought a record cold in a few years disillusioned me. However, at first listen, hearing the new songs with Jesse Michael's voice over the grooving backbeat-backdrop was like, well, you know whats its like. The production could be a little more diverse, despite the Hammond B-3 and occasional Tenor Sax, but it is a definite improvement over old Op Ivy stuff. Most importantly though, the songs hold up against anything thats come out these days, or even past few years. If you have the slightest affinity for Operation Ivy, or ska or reggae, you need this record. Even though you haven't heard it yet.
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