It's a Great Record! Don't Order it!
BP | New York | 04/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm awfully fond of Native Sons. It was the first full length from the Long Ryders, who were among the best of the rockers of the first era of "quote" bands ... bands that name-and-sound checked great music of their (our) youths in the 60's and 70's and made going to hear bar bands a kick again (like Dream Syndicate, True Believers, Rain Parade, the Fleshtones, and dozens of others). I liked this one so much, with its Byrds 12-string quotes, Gene Clark backing vocals, and general pal-y attitude, I bought it on CD. And Amazon sent me Native Sons, without 10-5-60 (the earlier Long Ryders EP that was supposed to be included on the CD I ordered). I sent it back to them and asked them to send me another, the correct CD this time. And they sent me Native Sons alone, without 10-5-60 on it, AGAIN. I gave up at that point. But they screwed up my order for this one TWICE. So be forewarned; there's more than one version of this CD around and Amazon's employees can't get it right."
Gets you back to the source
John Powers | Evanston, IL USA | 01/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own this on vinyl; the music stands up to repeated listenings and drives a useful phenomena. Take a listen to Track 5, Sweet Mental Revenge, and compare it to the other tracks. It is definitely different, in the bizzare lyrics (You'll walk the floor from door to door And pull out your peroxide hair) and highly charged guitars. You might recall that the Flying Burrito Brothers recorded this song, and kept it in the folk/rock repotoire-but something this nutty had to come from Nashville. Mel Tillis, best known for his speech patterns, wrote and recorded this song in the 1960's. Took me about a year to find the original recording in the pre-internet days, but one can hear how Tillis made this song legendary, and the Long Ryders kept it alive. Excellent pedigree on this song with a salute to the Long Ryders for pulling it out of obscurity."