Ride the Tiger (album)

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Ride the Tiger
Studio album by Yo La Tengo
Released 1986
Recorded December 1985 – January 1986 in Boston
Genre Alternative rock
Length 50:18
Label Coyote
Producer Clint Conley
Yo La Tengo chronology
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Q Magazine 4/5 stars (9/94, p. 131)

Ride the Tiger, released in 1986, is the debut album of the Hoboken-based alternative rock band Yo La Tengo. The song "Big Sky" is a cover of The Kinks' song from their album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. The song "A House Is Not a Motel" is a cover of Love's song from their album Forever Changes.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ira Kaplan except where noted.

  1. "The Cone of Silence" – 2:49
  2. "Big Sky" (Ray Davies) – 2:46
  3. "The Evil That Men Do" – 4:11
  4. "The Forest Green" (Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley) – 3:23
  5. "The Pain of Pain" – 5:35
  6. "The Way Some People Die" (Dave Schramm) – 3:37
  7. "The Empty Pool" (Dave Weckerman) – 2:21
  8. "Alrock's Bells" – 4:08
  9. "Five Years" (Ira Kaplan, Dave Schramm) – 3:45
  10. "Screaming Dead Balloons" – 3:17
  11. "Living in the Country" (Pete Seeger) – 2:14

A more recent CD reissue included four bonus tracks, including both sides of the band's preceding single as well as two live tracks recorded in the mid-1990s:

12. "The River of Water" – 2:30
13. "A House Is Not a Motel" (Arthur Lee) – 3:43
14. "Crispy Duck" – 3:04
15. "Closing Time" (Sammy Walker) – 3:45


  • Ira Kaplan, Dave Schramm (vocals, guitar)
  • Mike Lewis (bass)
  • Georgia Hubley (drums)
  • Additional personnel: David Bither, Mike Tchang (saxophone); Chris Nelson (trombone); Clint Conley, Dave Rick (bass)
  • Engineer: Ken French