Carnival of Light (album)

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For the unreleased song by The Beatles, see Carnival of Light.
Carnival of Light
Studio album by Ride
Released 20 June 1994
Recorded Sawmills, The Manor, RAK, Abbey Road, Sound City, Ocean Way, Sunset Sound
Genre Alternative rock
Length 56:33
Label Creation
Producer John Leckie
Ride chronology
Grasshopper
(1992)
Carnival of Light
(1994)
Tarantula
(1996)
Singles from Carnival of Light
  1. "Birdman"
    Released: 18 April 1994
  2. "How Does It Feel to Feel?"
    Released: 13 June 1994
  3. "I Don't Know Where It Comes From"
    Released: 12 September 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Carnival of Light is the third studio album by British alternative rock band Ride, released in June 1994 via Creation Records. The album showcased the band's shift from shoegazing to a more traditional, alternative rock sound. It was not well received by critics, and by the end of 1994 even the band members had become disillusioned, referring to it amongst themselves as "Carnival of Shite".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Andy Bell except where noted. 

Original album
No. Title Lyrics Music Lead vocals Length
1. "Moonlight Medicine"   Mark Gardener Gardener Gardener 6:49
2. "1000 Miles"   Gardener Gardener Gardener with Bell 5:00
3. "From Time to Time"   Gardener Gardener, Steve Queralt Gardener and Bell 5:05
4. "Natural Grace"   Loz Colbert Loz Colbert Gardener and Bell 4:40
5. "Only Now"   Gardener, Jack Rieley Gardener Gardener 4:25
6. "Birdman"       Bell 6:39
7. "Crown of Creation"       Bell 4:41
8. "How Does It Feel to Feel?"   Eddie Phillips, Bob Garner Phillips, Garner Gardener and Bell 3:40
9. "Endless Road"       Bell 3:30
10. "Magical Spring"       Bell with Gardener 4:25
11. "Rolling Thunder"         2:08
12. "I Don't Know Where It Comes From"       Bell 5:32
Total length:
56:33
Bonus tracks
No. Title Lyrics Music Lead vocals Length
1. "Don't Let It Die"   Gardener Gardener Gardener 3:12
2. "Let's Get Lost"   Bell Bell Gardener and Bell 3:56
3. "At the End of the Universe"   Bell, Colbert, Gardener, Queralt Bell, Colbert, Gardener, Queralt Gardener and Bell 7:55

Personnel[edit]

Ride[edit]

  • Laurence Colbert – drums, percussion
  • Steve Queralt – bass guitar, Fender Rhodes on "Only Now"
  • Mark Gardener – vocals, rhythm guitar, tamboura
  • Andy Bell – vocals, lead guitar; piano on "Crown of Creation", "Endless Road", and "Magical Spring"; Hammond organ on "Crown of Creation" and "Endless Road", Fender Rhodes on "From Time to Time"

Additional musicians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Review: First Carnival of Light – Ride". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Cavanagh, D: "The Creation Records Story – My Magpie Eyes are Hungry for the Prize", page 613. Virgin Publishing, 2000, ISBN 0-7535-0645-9

External links[edit]

"Official Ride website". Retrieved 9 December 2005.