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# Natural Grace

Terminal 5, New York, USA

Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Sennen Cool Your Boots Black Nite Crash Natural Grace Twisterella OX4 Dreams Burn Down Time of Her Time Chrome Waves Paralysed Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Tomorrow Never Knows (The Beatles) Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl Review: Ride, Terminal 5 (New York City), June 4, 2015 I am no rock critic. Even if I was one, there is no way that I could be objective about this particular gig, or about this particular band. Since discovering Ride's music in 1992, my mental image of them had developed almost exclusively through their studio recordings (and the rare press clipping/magazine/radio interview); I never got to experience them live because of the combination of my youth and of bad timing. Having never seen them in the flesh, I couldn't properly envision the fact that this music that meant so much to me was created by real people. By 2014, Ride had become a bittersweet memory in my head; a missed opportunity; a symbol of a world that existed beyond my limits as a teenager. It's silly in a way, but the music and its creators had morphed in my head in those two decades from fact to myth, and in that time, I sort of forgot that those creators were humans that still walked this earth. I don't think I need to explain the whirlwind of emotions that hit me when the banner was unfurled in Barcelona. Everyone reading this probably felt them right along with me. While I have crossed state lines before to see other bands, nothing quite compared to this. I knew that the Terminal 5 show had sold out, and that it would be filled with other die-hard fans. I typically go to concerts alone, both by circumstance and by choice; unless I know other people who are as passionate about the band as I am, I prefer to be alone as the music takes over my senses. However, for this concert, I did bring my husband, both because he had never been to New York before, and because he needed to be properly introduced to the music that had become part of the fiber of my being. The opening act (Ash) finished their set and I felt my senses heightening as I anticipated what was to come. Just before Ride came on stage, I felt a wave of something – not quite sadness, but the sense of saying goodbye to the life you currently know, because you know that what is coming next will change everything. And boy was I right. The anticipation and the breathless wonder that I felt in that moment just before the band broke out into Leave Them All Behind was matched only by the sheer power and beauty that rocked my body and soul with the first chords. I was very close to Andy's guitar at stage right, and I could feel my entire body shaking with the waves of sound coming off that stage. The decibels permeated every cell in my body and it was like the music had taken over my bloodstream and my nervous system. In fact, the first four songs in the set (LTAB, Like a Daydream, Polar Bear, Seagull) were a perfect, powerful opening quartet. I never had a chance to catch my breath; Loz and Steve's merciless two-pronged attack stole it from me. I didn't mind. Being so close to the stage was an overwhelming experience. I usually opt to listen to concerts further back in a hall, for acoustical reasons. However, this was one concert I needed to see to believe, and it was almost too much to process at times, to know that I was about 25 feet from this glorious racket. I kept catching myself closing my eyes to immerse myself in the roar but then I would force them back open to see the incredible reality in front of me. For once, I didn't want to live in my head. The world I wanted to live in was right where I was, right in front of my eyes. At the time I am writing this review, seven months have passed since this show, so small details about the night have been lost in the ether of time, but what hasn't been lost is how the music made me feel. The overriding feelings for me that night were wonder and gratitude. The setlist was an absolute dream. I would pick out highlights but really, everything played was something special. When Ride closed their set with Drive Blind, I thought that my mind could not be blown any more than it was at that moment. I should have known that these four souls would know how to take us even higher. The encore started off quietly, with a hushed, reverential sounding ambient passage in B Major. I was racking my brain to figure out what this was; it didn't sound like anything from their catalog that I could recognize. Something new, perhaps? Another part of me was yelling at myself to stop thinking and to just enjoy how gorgeous this was, so I did that. Then, the guitar riff started... and the unmistakeable drumbeat kicked in. I stopped breathing. If there was ONE Beatles song I would have chosen to hear Ride cover, Tomorrow Never Knows would be it. When Mark's vocals began, I felt my hands rise up involuntarily as I blinked back tears for this amazing gift. I still can't believe that I was there to witness this in person. By the last song (Chelsea Girl), I was on one of the most intense emotional highs I had ever experienced in my life. The concert had surpassed all of my expectations and I was completely stunned by what I had just witnessed. Ride had yanked my soul from my body for the duration of their set and as I returned to earth, I suddenly realized that I was worn out from being put through the emotional wringer, my voice was starting to become hoarse, my feet were aching... and I wouldn't have changed a thing. On the walk back to where we were staying that night in Hell's Kitchen, I asked my husband what he thought. He said he enjoyed it, particularly the fourth song. Unbeknownst to him, Seagull is my favorite Ride track of all time! He may never be the fanatic that I am, but at least I know he's got good taste. The two other Ride shows I saw later in 2015 were both quite memorable (particularly Birmingham, Alabama, where I got to meet the band and some very special fellow concertgoers who have become my friends), and I have no doubt that if I'm lucky enough to see another Ride concert in my lifetime, it will be unforgettable. But no matter what's in store in the future, this concert at Terminal 5 will forever stand out in my head as the moment where I got to rewrite the ending to a story I had thought was finished; where I got to experience the ecstasy of having a dream fulfilled; where I found out that sometimes, reality is even better than anything the imagination can come up with! What a privilege it was to be a Ride fan in 2015. – Margaret Fischer

Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada

Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Sennen Cool Your Boots Black Nite Crash Natural Grace Twisterella OX4 Dreams Burn Down Time of Her Time Chrome Waves Paralysed Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges)

Olympia, Paris, France
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Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Sennen Cool Your Boots Black Nite Crash Natural Grace Twisterella OX4 Dreams Burn Down Perfect Time Chrome Waves Paralysed Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Chelsea Girl

Albert Hall, Manchester, UK

Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Sennen Cool Your Boots Black Nite Crash Natural Grace Twisterella OX4 Dreams Burn Down Time Of Her Time Chrome Waves Paralysed Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl I Wanna be Your Dog (The Stooges) Supported by Tuff Love

Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury, UK
Glastonbury 1994

At The End Of The Universe How Does It Feel To Feel? Like A Daydream Birdman Let's Get Lost 1000 Miles Magical Spring Mouse Trap Natural Grace Moonlight Medicine Only Now I Don't Know Where It Comes From

Guildhall, Gloucester, UK
1994

At The End of the Universe How Does It Feel To Feel? Like A Daydream Birdman Let's Get Lost 1000 Miles Magical Spring Moonlight Medicine Mouse Trap Natural Grace From Time To Time Only Now I Don't Know Where It Comes From Drive Blind Chelsea Girl I Wanna Be Your Dog Glastonbury warm-up Support from Supergrass

Studio 105, Paris, France
1994

How Does It Feel To Feel? 1000 Miles Let's Get Lost Ox4 Natural Grace Birdman Only Now Magical Spring Chelsea Girl At The End Of The Universe Drive Blind 'Black Session' for Radio Inter, France

Carnival Of Light 5 Track Sampler

Creation Records CD - CCD 147 Magical Spring I Don't Know Where It Comes From Natural Grace Only Now How Does It Feel To Feel? Promotional CD, distributed prior to release of the 'Carnival Of Light' album. All tracks are full album versions No sleeve artwork

The Garage, London, UK
1994

Chelsea Girl I Wanna Be Your Dog How Does It Feel To Feel? 1000 Miles Natural Grace Let's Get Lost How Does It Feel To Feel? (playback) Moonlight Medicine Magical Spring How Does It Feel To Feel? (playback) Ox4 The Kids Are Alright How Does It Feel To Feel? Drive Blind Like A Daydream Gig was filmed for the 'How Does It feel To Feel?' promo video.

Late 1993-Early 1994 Recording Sessions
1994

Moonlight Medicine 1000 Miles From Time To Time Natural Grace Only Now Birdman Crown Of Creation Endless Road Magical Spring Rolling Thunder I Don't Know Where It Comes From Rolling Thunder #2 Let's Get Lost Don't Let It Die At The End Of The Universe Sleeper Creeper II New Age (The Velvet Underground) Walk On Water (unreleased) Sunshine (inst - looped) (unreleased)  Instant Korma (unreleased) Sawmills, The Manor, RAK, Abbey Road, Sound City and Sunset Sound (John Leckie) 'Carnival of Light' sessions. A section of 'Sleeper Creeper II' was used as the outro to 'From Time to Time' on the album. 'Sunshine' and 'Walk on Water' were re-recorded for 'Tarantula'. 'Only Now' was remixed and released, with a different vocal, on the 'Volume 12' compilation. 'Magical Spring' remixed by Andy Bell at Sunset Sound, L.A. 03/94 New Age was released on the 'Firing Blanks' compilation

Crazy’s, Eskiltuna, Sweden
Ride

Let's Get Lost 1000 Miles Like A Daydream She's So Fine Since Then American Spring Walk On Water Twisterella From Time To Time Natural Grace At The End Of The Universe I Don't Know Where It Comes From Taste Birdman How Does It Feel To Feel? Drive Blind

Kulterhuset Stora Salen, Jonkopping, Sweden
Ride

Leave Them All Behind 1000 Miles Like A Daydream Since Then Walk On Water Twisterella From Time To Time Natural Grace At The End Of The Universe I Don't Know Where It Comes From Taste Birdman How Does It Feel To Feel? Drive Blind Chelsea Girl I Wanna Be Your Dog Support from Brainpool

The Melody, Stockholm, Sweden
Ride

Leave Them All Behind Let's Get Lost 1000 Miles Like A Daydream American Spring Walk On Water Twisterella From Time To Time Natural Grace At The End Of The Universe I Don't Know Where It Comes From Taste Birdman How Does It Feel To Feel? Drive Blind Chelsea Girl Additional Notes: - Support from Brainpool

Meijeret, Lund, Sweden
Ride

Let's Get Lost 1000 Miles Like A Daydream You Give Me Sunshine Since Then Water On Water Twisterella From Time To Time Natural Grace At The End Of The Universe I Don't Know Where It Comes From Taste Birdman How Does It Feel To Feel? Drive Blind Chelsea Girl Support from Brainpool

Barowiak, Uppsala, Sweden
Ride
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Let's Get Lost 1000 Miles Like A Daydream She's So Fine Since Then American Spring Walk On Water Twisterella From Time To Time Natural Grace At The End Of The Universe I Don't Know Where It Comes From Taste Birdman How Does It Feel To Feel? Drive Blind Seagull Originally scheduled to play KB Malmo

Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, Norway
Ride

Let's Get Lost Something's Burning Like A Daydream She's So Fine Since Then American Spring Walk On Water Twisterella 1000 Miles Natural Grace At The End Of The Universe I Don't Know Where It Comes From Taste Birdman How Does It Feel To Feel? Drive Blind Chelsea Girl Support from Planet Bee

Hulen, Bergen, Norway
Ride

Let's Get Lost American Spring Like A Daydream Walk On Water Since Then Something's Burning Crown Of Creation Mouse Trap Natural Grace I Don't Know Where It Comes From At The End Of The Universe You Give Me Sunshine Taste Birdman How Does It Feel To Feel Drive Blind Chelsea Girl Support from Sloan

July 1993 Recording Session
Ride
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Natural Grace (unreleased demo) Birdman (unreleased demo) Walk On Water (unreleased demo) I Don't Know Where It Comes From (unreleased demo) Since Then (Don't Let It Die) (unreleased demo) 21-23/7/93 - Courtyard Studios, Sutton Courtney, Oxon (Clive Warren)

Parc Des Expositions, Angers, France
Ride
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Let's Get Lost From Time To Time Birdman Natural Grace Walk On Water Something's Burning You Give Me Sunshine 1000 Miles At The End Of The Universe Crown Of Creation American Spring With Young Gods, Les Thugs, Hole, Maldita Vencidad & Faith No More

Provinssirock Festival, Seinajoki, Finland
Ride

Mouse Trap Let's Get Lost Walk On Water Taste American Spring Like A Daydream At The End Of The Universe Natural Grace Chelsea Girl Birdman Time Of Her Time 1000 Miles Seagull With Pele Milioona & Rockers, Kauko Royhka, Hybrid Children, Sunscreem & Bad Religion.

Bergslags Rock Festival, Fagersta, Sweden
Festival Poster

Leave Them All Behind Let's Get Lost Walk On Water Taste American Spring End Of The Universe Like A Daydream Natural Grace Twisterella Birdman Time Of Her Time 1000 Miles Mouse Trap Drive Blind Supported by KSMB, Biohazard, Entombed, Toy Dolls, Popsicle, The Wannadies, Radiohead, Fear Factory and Waltari. With thanks to Peter Vandlegard for the poster.

Dairy Rock Festval, Lund, Sweden
Ride

Mouse Trap Let's Get Lost Walk On Water Taste American Spring Like A Daydream At The End Of The Universe Natural Grace Chelsea Girl Birdman Time Of Her Time 1000 Miles Seagull Support from KFMB, Toy Dolls, Biohazard

Stodola Club, Varsovie, Poland
Ride

Mouse Trap Let's Get Lost Walk On Water Taste American Spring Like A Daydream At The End Of The Universe Natural Grace Birdman Twisterella Time Of Her Time 1000 Miles Seagull Drive Blind Support from Firebirds, Illusion, Stonehenge, End & Klub Paryski

May 1993 Recording Session
Ride
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Let's Get Lost (unreleased demo) At The End Of The Universe (unreleased demo) 1000 Miles (unreleased demo) I Don't Know Where It Comes From (unreleased demo) American Spring (unreleased demo) Natural Grace (unreleased demo) 24 & 25/05/93 - Courtyard Studios, Sutton Courtney, Oxon (Jim Warren) 'At The End Of The Universe' featured Andy on lead vocals at this point.