Ride On (GIA  M/S-123)  1969?






By the time of their second album the group was defined to eight or so members, looking just lovely in their mod ‘60s clothing, crosses and peace signs. Ride On contains God Unlimited’s loudest song: the seven-minute title track. It’s a driving hard rock depiction of the crowds mocking Jesus, with lengthy solos for fuzzed guitar, drums and saxophone. ‘Do You Want To Be Free’ and ‘Universal Rhythm’ also have good bits of electric guitar soloing amidst the tempo changes. Many fine moody atmospheric pieces: soft psychy guitars enhance the hypnotic ‘Clouds Spinning’ (which includes a reference to ‘MacArthur Park’); a solemn recorder gives ‘Black The Night’ the enchantment of a distant foghorn on a calm night. ‘Jan’s Song’ is an intensely mournful slow bluesy piece – that passionately sung cry of “God damn those men who killed my son!” certainly perks up the ears, the context being that of empathizing with a woman who’s lost her child in a war. Many consider this to be the group’s best album.   (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).


This one was on the Heavenly Grooves Site.



Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Open Up Your Heart2:47
1-2Son Come Down2:35
1-3Ride On7:30
1-5Clouds Spinning4:15
2-1Do You Want To Be Free3:55
2-2Black The Night5:25
2-3Jan’s Song3:57
2-4Universal Rhythm3:37
2-5Break Of Day3:10