Ridgeriders

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Ridgeriders
Studio album by Phil Beer, Ashley Hutchings and Chris While with The Albion Band and Julie Matthews.
Released September 1999
25 June 2001
Recorded 1999
January 1995 ("Close Your Eyes")
Genre Folk, roots
Length 41:31
Label Blueprint records /
HTD Records /
Talking Elephant
Phil Beer chronology
The Works
(1998)
"Ridgeriders"
(1999)
Once in a Blue Moon
(2001)

"Ridgeriders" is a studio album and TV series, from 1999 and 2001. The TV series featured Nick Knowles and was shown Thursdays on Meridian Television from 7 June 2001 about the Southern English trackways ("Nick Knowles takes to the saddle once again for a new four-part series of Ridgeriders, which follows the ancient trackways of the South of England"[1]). The album is a collaboration album between Phil Beer, Ashley Hutchings and Chris While. It is the soundtrack album to the TV series.[2] It also guest features The Albion Band and Julie Matthews

Most of the album was performed live and subsequently released as "Ridgeriders" In Concert[3]

The album is a concept album, as it is a "journey" album that would be played on a journey around Southern England, making it similar to another of Beer's albums, Show of Hands' The Path.[1]

Similar to Beer's older album The Works, the album's release is of question. Though the TV series didn't begin in 2001, it is suggested the album was released in 1999, when most of the album was recorded, and released September that year. The album, either way, got a release in 2001 by Talking Elephant.

"Close Your Eyes" was actually recorded in 1995, and appeared on The Albion Band's album Albion Heart that year.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

In their positive review, Living Tradition said the album is an "interesting concept album with enough interest for those who never saw the series, but for those readers north of the Border, it is very English in feel."[5]

Album track listing[edit]

  1. "Shapes of the Landscape" - 2:22
  2. "The Work of the Devil" - 2:10
  3. "Along the Downs" - 2:29
  4. "The Drover's Song" - 2:03
  5. "Turnpike Reel" - 2:24
  6. "Close Your Eyes" - 3:11
  7. "Low Southern Slopes" - 1:54
  8. "What Celia Sees" - 2:43
  9. "Never Without a Theif or Twain" - 2:12
  10. "Along the Pilgrim's Way" - 3:58
  11. "Michael Morey's Hump" - 1:58
  12. "Mossing We'll Go" - 2:43
  13. "Up on the Ridgeway" - 2:24
  14. "Smuggler's Road" - 2:58
  15. "Betteshanger Treasure" - 2:39
  16. "Dorset Cursus" - 3:41

Personnel[edit]

  • Phil Beer: vocals, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, mandocello, fiddle, mandolin;
  • Chris While: vocals, acoustic guitar;
  • Ashley Hutchings: vocals, acoustic bass, electric bass
with
  • Joe Broughton: fiddle, mandolin;
  • Neil Marshall: drums, percussion;
  • Julie Matthews: keyboards, backing vocals;
  • Ken Nicol: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, backing vocals;
  • Simon Nicol: acoustic guitar on Close Your Eyes
  • Engineered by Ken Nicol except for tracks 1, 3, 10 & 12, engineered and mixed by Julie Matthews
  • Executive producer: Ashley Hutchings
  • Mastered by Andy Seward
  • Photography by Jeff Wright

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