Final Wild Songs

The Long Ryders four CD box set was released on January 22nd, 2016, on Cherry Red Records. Entitled Final Wild Songs, this is THE definitive Long Ryders collection.

Over two years in the making Final Wild Songs features the original albums as well as demos, singles and rare live recordings from The Long Ryders.

Re-mastered by Andy Pearce Final Wild Songs contains song-by-song comments by five (yes, five!) Long Ryders, many rare photos and memorabilia, a fold-out poster and a charming introduction by Rolling Stone’s ace writer David Fricke, a man who is perhaps the Long Ryders greatest fan.

Bassist Tom Stevens left no stone unturned for the Long Ryders' first-ever box set. Final Wild Songs took more than two years to create, starting with the lengthy research, then trawling and begging for old tickets, photos, and posters, then searching for long forgotten tape reels, as well as the getting clearances for all this memorabilia. It proved to be a job not for the fainthearted. After Cherry Red’s Steve Hammond kick-started the idea, band members Tom Stevens and Sid Griffin certainly had their work cut out for them.

In a little over a year, the dynamic duo had the box set's music selections accounted for and then cleaned up by ace British remastering engineer Andy Pearce. Sid and Tom went over the tracklisting again and again and again. There were a couple of late additions and a pair of substitutions as well, these four recently found recordings strengthening Final Wild Songs no end. These changes meant Andy Pearce was called back for another round of remastering.

Final Wild Songs Box Set Package

Great Britain's best graphic artist, the great Phil Smee, came in to do the artwork. Phil Smee is the fellow responsible for the iconic Motorhead logo and has done art for more than 3,000 LPs, CDs, single sleeves, books (both hardback and paperback), and posters in his impressive career. Getting Mr. Smee on board proved an inspired choice as did his subsequent use of a Long Ryders photo by their dear friend, the legendary Henry Diltz, for the front cover.

The first three CDs contain a total of 61 studio recordings by the Long Ryders. Disc one contains the 10-5-60 EP and most of the Native Sons album. It ends with five previously unreleased live recordings. Disc two is for the State Of Our Union LP and ends with three B-sides, the live version of Looking For Lewis & Clark from the Whistle Test BBC TV show in October 1985, two Nick Stewart remixes for the followup single to Looking For Lewis & Clark, and finally two of the band’s immortal flex-disc releases, Christmas In New Zealand and Encore From Hell.

Disc three is devoted to the band's studio swan song, Two-Fisted Tales, Sid's fave Long Ryders album. The last nine songs on it are demos, tracks recorded for the followup LP to Two-Fisted Tales which was never completed as the band broke up (Island Records, we can do that album for you now if you wish). Some of these tracks were briefly released in the USA, none of them have been released in Europe or Asia.

Yet the fourth and final disc proves to be Tom Stevens' great discovery when doing research. It is a scorching performance recorded in March 1985 in Benelux for a live radio show. As it was only broadcast twice, the rest of the band soon forgot about it. Tom did not. Fifteen smokin' tracks audibly prove the Long Ryders were an in-concert powerhouse. Several of the songs like As God Is My Witness, Tell It To The Judge On Sunday and their startlingly modal cover of Bob Dylan’s Masters Of War have never been on a live album by the band. But they are now.

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Final Wild Songs illustrates once and for all that what writer/comedian Stewart Lee once said is completely true, "...the Long Ryders truly are one of rock’s great undiscovered bands like the Flamin’ Groovies and Big Star". This is proof. Dig in, there is a feast for your ears here.

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This week the session recorded for the legendary ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris earlier this year was broadcast on his BBC Radio 2 show. You can listen to the full show on the BBC iPlayer for the next month here and also to the interview and songs here. Songs played include The Light Gets In the Way and A Stitch In Time plus the remastered version of Final Wild Son from the Final Wild Songs box set. The band also talk all about the Paisley Underground, the LA music scene of the early 1980s, and the individual musical influences which melded into the band’s eventual pioneering alt-country sound.

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The Long Ryders were featured in The Guardian newspapers 'Cult Heros' slot on Tuesday the 13th September. Read the full article here.

2016 East Coast USA Tour Dates
Back from their triumphant European tour this spring and riding incredible reviews for their box set, Final Wild Songs, The Long Ryders are thrilled to announce their first U.S. tour dates in 29 years. Full details and ticket links.

From The Long Ryders/Under The Bridge London review
"Unlike so many reunion tours, where drawn out banter/breathers between every song can crush the dream, the Long Ryders rip through their catalogue, the three songwriters, lead guitarist Steven McCarthy, Stevens and rhythmist/”point man” Sid Griffin sharing vocal duties... From opener Run Dusty Run to scorching closer Looking For Lewis and Clark, the Long Ryders gave it everything, passion, and politics, undimmed. Griffin’s Rickenbacker still bears the Coal Not Dole sticker I spotted when I first saw them 30 years ago and the perception/education/persuasion of the songs hasn’t aged a bit." The full review, along with a brief interview with Greg, can be read on the Event Industry News website.

Final Wild Songs Bristol Show reviews
Two very fine reviews of the 2016 show at Bristol's Fleece in Bristol 24/7 and The Bristol Post. Plus, just published, a fine Long Ryders piece in Spain’s best media voice. Read the full article on the El Pais website.

Bristol 24/7 Interview
Ahead of The Long Ryders Bristol show on May 3rd Sid Griffin spoke to Jonathon Kardasz of B24/7. Read the full interview online here.

BBC Radio Ulster - Ralph McLean Country
Ralph McLean plays several tracks from Final Wild Songs and talks with Sid ahead of the 2016 Europe Tour Dates. Listen to the broadcast for the next 30 days on the BBC Website.

Todd-o-phonic Todd on WFMU
Listen to a selection of tracks from the Final Wild Songs box set along with a great Sid Griffin interview on Todd-o-phonic Todd's fine WFMU show. Sid speaks about the early origins of The Long Ryders, the 2016 Tour Dates and gets to play some of his favorite tunes. Listen to the broadcast on the WFMU Website here or on

NPR 'Final Wild Songs' Review
Meredith Ochs has some fine things to say about Final Wild songs..."If you drew a straight line from The Byrds through Wilco, you'd intersect the Long Ryders right in the middle. But that's only part of what makes this band essential listening. The true test of music is time. And this music sounds as good and as relevant now as it did three decades ago."
Listen to the full audio and read a transcript at the NPR website.

Liz Kershaw on BBC 6 Music
Sid chats to good friend Liz Kershaw on her great BBC 6 Music show about the new boxset, the upcoming live dates and borrowed pantyhose...
Listen to the full interview on the BBC 6 Music website.

Loneseome Highway Interview with Sid Griffin
Stephen Rapid speaks to Sid about Final Wild Songs and what the future might hold for The Long Ryders following its release. Loneseome Highway Interview

Pennyblackmusic Magazine Interview
John Clarkson speaks to Sid Griffin, the front man with groundbreaking 80s band the Long Ryders, about their influence on the movement and 'Final Wild Songs', a new four CD box set. Pennyblackmusic Magazine Interview

RNE Radio 3 Long Ryders Radio 'Especial'
Our good friends at ‪RNE Radio 3 in Spain have outdone themselves with this killer special on the band. LOTS of tracks from ‪‎Final Wild Songs‬ plus background history on ‎the band. Listen online or download.

The Reviews are in
"Majestic four-disc anthology of studio recordings and rarities." said Classic Rock Magazine in their Review of Final Wild Songs. Read more reviews on this websites Reviews page.

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The Long Ryders Tour Dates

November 2016
  • 11/9 Monty Hall - Jersey City, NJ - Tickets
  • 11/10 Bowery Ballroom - New York City, NY - Tickets
  • 11/11 ONCE Ballroom - Somerville, MA - Tickets
  • 11/12 Cafe Nine - New Haven, CT - Tickets

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"They unwittingly invented Americana, but seldom receive credit for it... State Of Our Union was a foundation stone for what became known as No Depression, alt country and, eventually, Americana." Mojo

"The complete works of pioneers corralled into a career-spanning boxset... The whole thing is a rush of ringing guitars and fire engine melodies that is retro and futuristic and timeless." Uncut

"Everything is fresh enough to have been recorded yesterday and puts most of todays bands to shame." Americana-UK