Published Jul 17, 2012The past couple of years have seen Ride deliver deluxe editions of their first two LPs, 1990's Nowhere and its follow-up Going Blank Again, which was just recently re-released. But the group won't be spacing out the rest of the reissue campaign. Four more pieces from Ride's back catalogue will be reissued on August 20 through the defunct shoegaze group's own Ride Music.
Detailed tracklistings have yet to be delivered, so it's unclear whether any bonus goodies will be delivered in the packages, but the band have confirmed rereleases of 1994's Carnival of Light, 1996's Tarantula, 2001's hits-highlighting OX4_The Best of Ride, and the group's debut EP Smile from 1990.
A download of Portishead's remix of Carnival of Light opener "Moonlight Medicine" is being given away for free via Pitchfork. The remix was originally delivered as a B-side on the "I Don't Know Where It Comes From" single. A regrettably timely piece of trivia with both versions of the song is that the Hammond organ lines that fuel the tune were performed by former Deep Purple member Jon Lord, who passed away yesterday (July 16) after suffering a pulmonary embolism. "Moonlight Medicine" was apparently inspired by an acid party the band undertook in France in the '90s.
"A very good mutual friend of all at the party and a close friend of mine at the time was Sara Lord who is the daughter of Jon Lord so I asked her to ask 'dad' to come in and play some Hammond organ for us whilst we were finishing the recordings and mixing at Abbey Road studios," Ride's Mark Gardener said in a statement. "He came in and broke the first Hammond delivered to the studio, so after the second organ was hastily delivered to the studio we got these amazing Hammond takes from him for 'Moonlight Medicine' and 'At the End of the Universe.'"