ARTIST: The Long Ryders
TITLE: Native Sons / 10-5-60
YEAR RELEASED: 1984 (10-5-60 really released in 1983, but hey…)
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: I Had a Dream
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Sadly, no. Sigh. It’s a damn shame too.
LINEUP: Sid Griffin, Stephen McCarthy, Greg Sowders. Des Brewer on 10-5-60. Tom Stevens on Native Sons
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The roots-rock portion of the Paisley Underground (the same scene with the Dream Syndicate, Three O’Clock, Rain Parade and the Bangles) releases their debut electrical records and kicks major ass.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: A little Gram Parsons, a little Roger McGuinn, a little Chris Hillman and a little Buffalo Springfield add up to a great collection of country influenced rock-and-roll. The Long Ryders’ burst out of the gate with their 10-5-60 EP, and then soon after (after a change of bassist) they cranked out the Native Sons album.
The band takes in all of their influences, but makes them sound fresh. You often go, “Hey, I kinda recognize it,” and then the next cut it sounds like a similar band, but not the same band. There’s also a bit of UK punk in the attitude, and some old-school country there for the right coloring. The band plays steel guitar, autoharp, mandolin, along with the requisite Rickenbacker guitars.
This collection will please everyone who loved the sound of the more rootsy country-type bands of the 60’s, those who loved the alt-country movement in the 80’s and 90’s, and heck, rock-and-roll fans in general. There’s a lot here for everyone, and yeah, I may be a bit of a fanboy here but I know this is quality and distinction, with just a few cuts not making the grade.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Sid Griffin is a noted music journalist who has written extensively on Bob Dylan and Gram Parsons.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Combining these two releases is ‘deluxe’ but there’s also bonus tracks (live cuts and outtakes) out there too.
GRADE: A-: I can’t give it an A+ because there are a couple cuts on Native Sons that are just a couple steps below the rest. Yet, as I said, this is great rootsy tuneage.