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THESE BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS

These Beautiful Ghosts


The beginning of Ride's descent, according to many a shoegazer, can be traced to the day someone slipped the band a copy of the Byrds' Notorious Byrd Brothers. From that moment, the band underwent a complete makeover. Multiple layers of storming guitars were replaced with an acoustic guitar, strings, and a tamboura (and a contribution from Deep Purple's Jon Lord), while the shabby university dropout look was exchanged for Laurel Canyon chic (as if they had taken a time machine back to the 1969 set of Mr. Dressup). Any detractor with common sense had to at least concede that Mark Gardener's songs on Carnival of Light ("From Time to Time," for instance) easily surpassed the ones written by Andy Bell ("Crown of Creation"), so it was apparent that Gardener's transition was relatively natural. And then came Tarantula, where the downward spiral began to look more like a greased chute -- Gardener was roughly (only) eight percent responsible for that. Between then and the 2005 release of his first solo album, Gardener released a single on Shifty Disco, made an album with the hard-to-remember Animalhouse, recorded a couple guest appearances, and did some ambitious touring. He used the money from the touring to finance These Beautiful Ghosts, an album that doesn't stray all that far from Carnival of Light ("Snow in Mexico," "Getting out of Your Own Way," and the eight-years-old "Magdalen Sky" especially). It's less ambitious and more emotionally rounded, backed by fellow Oxford natives Goldrush, a band with an apparent affinity for the likes of Neil Young, the Band, and therefore latter-day Teenage Fanclub. Gardener's more skilled as a singer, which could either be a good or bad thing, depending on what angle you're coming from: you'll either think he sounds better than ever or miss the charmingly na?ve boyishness heard on Nowhere (or both). His songs are generally strong, which helps make up for the fact that they're not an advance from what he was doing a full decade prior (see also: Slowdive/Mojave 3/Neil Halstead/Rachel Goswell). ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB North Oaks
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  • Label: United For Opportunity/UFO
  • UPC: 185922000021
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Track listings

  • 1. Snow In Mexico
  • 2. Getting Out Of Your Own Way
  • 3. To Get Me Through
  • 4. Magdalen Sky
  • 5. Rhapsody
  • 6. Summer Turns To Fall
  • 7. Beautiful Ghosts
  • 8. Flaws Of Perception
  • 9. Story Of The Eye, The
  • 10. Where Are You Now?
  • 11. Water And Wine
  • 12. Gravity Flow
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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