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  • Audio CD (May 17, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Prima Records
  • ASIN: B004S3AU5A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Final Wild Son
2. Still Get By
3. Ivory Tower
4. Run Dusty Run
5. (Sweet) 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
12. Join My Gang
13. You Don't Know What's Right, You Don't Know What's Wrong
14. 10-5-60
15. Born To Believe In You
16. The Trip
17. And She Rides
18. Time Keeps Travelling (studio version)
19. I Can't Hide
20. Masters Of War (first version)
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Editorial Reviews

Native Sons was the 1984 release by the Long Ryders, the founders of alt-country and cornerstone of what we now call Americana. It was a hugely influential album which Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Chris Robinson (Black Crowes) have both praised publicly. It was a number one Alternative/College Radio album in the USA and was the New Musical Express' number two Alternative LP chart entry only because the Smiths' Meat Is Murder was at the top spot. Acknowledged as a classic this newly remastered reissue comes with the band's previous release, the EP 10-5-60's tracks as well as some extremely rare material from the same heady years when Native Sons was new.

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Perfect pop rock, with a slight country rock bent.
E. Alvarez
The band played music that left me feeling better for taking the time to experience it, and that is as high a compliment I can offer a group of musicians.
Rick T
Perhaps the best two LP from Long Ryders, now in one CD !
Fabio '66

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Myers on September 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD compiles the first two Long Ryders albums 10-5-60 (which happens to be the date Elvis Presley joined the army), and Native Sons that were released in the early 80's. Much has been said about The Long Ryders being an early alt-country band, but these two albums have overall a more psychedelic garage rock sound to them. Granted, country influences are obvious in songs such as Sweet Mental Revenge (a Mel Tillis cover), and Born To Believe In You, but the overall sound is more like The Byrds playing Clash covers. One would be hard pressed to find anything Grand Ol Opry sounding on tunes like And She Rides or Too Close To The Light. Standout tracks are the blistering I Had A Dream, and the sublime Ivory Tower (Gene Clark from the Byrds guests on backup vocals).

The recordings, like all albums from this time period, have that God-Awfull 80's lets-put-gated-reverb-on-everything sound to them, however, the songs themselves are well written and thought out to make one forget such annoyance. If you dig other bands from this era such as The Replacements, I couldn't see anyone being dissatisfied with THe Ryders.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Skurat on September 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
For anyone who thought the '80s were hair bands and synthesizers, here's the rebuke. I bought this "album" on the strength of the psychedelic freakout that is "I Had A Dream". Upon further listening, I found an album that opened up my ears to the real promise of what country music could deliver. Yes, this is the beginnings of No Depression/Americana/Alt-Country. The Long Ryders, along with Jason and the Scorchers opened up the roads for acts like Wilco, Son Volt, Whiskeytown, Ol 97's and even Steve Earle, to trod down. AAMOF, this album is how you get from Gram Parsons/Sweetheart of the Rodeo-era Byrds to those aforementioned bands. If you need proof, check out "Ivory Tower". Personal faves are the aforementioned "I Had A Dream", "Ivory Tower", Never Got To Meet The Mom" and the stunning "Too Close To The Light". Definitely worth a listen. Eighteen years later and it still holds a special place in my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duncan McCreight on January 31, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Hard to categorize. Many call them "Paisley Underground" because they were an L.A. band in the early 80's, but that's not what comes to mind to me. Try a mixture of 90's "Petty", "Sticky Fingers" Rolling Stones, latter day Byrds, and another under appreciated band of the same era, "The Db's". The song "Born To Believe In You" is a chestnut!
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Native Sons is the last of the Long Ryders' three studio albums to be given the remastered-and-expanded treatment, somewhat ironic as it's the Ryders' debut album. The album opens with two alt country-rock ravers "Final Wild Son" and "Still Get By", then slows a beat for the beautiful Byrds pastiche "Ivory Tower", in which original Byrd Gene Clark provides harmony vocals alongside vocalist Stephen McCarthy. The pace then picks back up for another country raver about love on the run "Run Dusty Run" and shifts up even higher a couple of gears for Mel Tillis's overdriven kiss-off "(Sweet) Mental Revenge", which is given the country-with-a-punk-rhythm treatment. "Fair Game" is a languid country exposition on connecting romantically with a stranger, with prominent acoustic guitar, mandolin, and banjo. "Tell It to the Judge on Sunday" is a fast-paced more traditional bitter rocker that could be a thematic cousin to "I Fought the Law". "Wreck of the 809" is a chunky rocker with country overtones (especially the acoustic double bass) whose deliberate pace contrasts with the verbal description of a catastrophic train wreck and its accompanying chaos. "Too Close to the Light" is a surprisingly complex group-composed philosophical treatise on how one lives, with several disparate modal sections that alternate between fast-paced rock rhythms and ethereal vocals and melodies. "Never Got to Meet the Mom" is a sprightly country number that lightens the mood with its description of a still-born romance that ends when the guy didn't make it to the stage of meeting the mother. Its pseudo-pathos is underscored with an authentic banjo solo.Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pop Kulcher on March 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Pop Kulcher Review: The Long Ryders are the sadly-overlooked missing link between country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons and the recent spate of "" bands like Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Son Volt, et al. The Ryders were a college radio fave back in the early '80's, but, aside from some moderate success in Europe, never made much of an impact here in the States. And it's a shame, because this album (combined on cd with their debut EP 10-5-60) puts the whole No Depression scene to shame.
Native Sons and 10-5-60 combine the vocal and guitar stylings of the Byrds, the rawness of late 60's garage/psychedelic rock, and a reasonable dose of modern country twang, while sharing a poppy guitar jangle sound with early 80's Southern guitar bands (most notably Chronic Town-era R.E.M.). The result is rollicking, foot-stomping bar-band music which is nearly impossible not to charm the sh*t out of the most diehard country music foe (myself included). Sure, there are times where the country elements and Western imagery go too far, but the vast majority of this disc is readily accessible guitar rock. Highlights include the incredible Tom Petty-like scorcher "I Had a Dream," the "I Fought The Law"-like rockabilly rave-up "Run Dusty Run,"and the Nuggets-esque call to arms "Join My Gang."
In terms of bang-for-the-buck, you're probably better off snagging 1998's retrospective Looking for Lewis & Clark (Anthology), a fantastic 2-disc set which includes all of 10-5-60, most of Native Sons, and the highlights from their later two albums as well as several unreleased gems. The sound is better, and, though I'm less impressed by the more polished roots-rock sound of their later work, later singles like the rousing anthem "Looking for Lewis & Clark" are college radio classics.
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