Clutch (3) ‎– The Elephant Riders

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This album was released with one of three different hidden tracks (known as "05", "David Rose", "Gifted & Talented") appended to the last track "The Dragonfly" after some silence. None of the releases has information on packaging which version of the hidden track is contained. Japanese versions end with all three hidden tracks.

Tracklist

The Elephant Riders 3:50
Ship Of Gold 4:22
Eight Times Over Miss October 4:21
The Soapmakers 2:57
The Yeti 4:59
Muchas Veces 5:44
Green Buckets 3:53
Wishbone 3:43
Crackerjack 5:10
The Dragonfly 6:19
(silence) 1:16
05 4:25

Versions (15)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CK 69113 Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders(CD, Album, Enh, 05) Columbia CK 69113 US 1998 Sell This Version
ACK-69113 Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders (CD, Advance, Album, Promo) Columbia ACK-69113 US 1998 Sell This Version
489706 6 Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders(CD, Album) Columbia 489706 6 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
489706 2 Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders(CD, Album) Columbia 489706 2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
SRCS 8716 Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders(CD, Album) Sony SRCS 8716 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
CK 69113 Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders(CD, Album) Columbia CK 69113 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
CK 69113 Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders(CD, Album, Enh, 05) Columbia CK 69113 US 1998 Sell This Version
CK 69113 Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders(CD, Album, Enh, 05) Columbia CK 69113 US 1998 Sell This Version
CK 69113 Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders(CD, Album, Enh, Dav) Columbia CK 69113 US 1998 Sell This Version
CK 69113 Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders(CD, Album, Enh, Gif) Columbia CK 69113 US 1998 Sell This Version
SRCS 8716 Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders(CD, Album, Promo) Sony SRCS 8716 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
SAMP 1078 Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders(CD, Album, Promo) Sony Music Entertainment (Australia) Limited SAMP 1078 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
CT 69113, CT69113 Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders(Cass, Album) Columbia, Columbia CT 69113, CT69113 US 1998 Sell This Version
LETV462LP Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) Let Them Eat Vinyl LETV462LP UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
LETV462LP Clutch (3) The Elephant Riders(2xLP, Album, RE) Let Them Eat Vinyl LETV462LP UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version

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Abandon_Ark

Abandon_Ark

August 7, 2021
referencing The Elephant Riders, CD, Album, Enh, 05, CK 69113
Matrix/Runout is a little different in a copy I have. Also, "P 103" is not on the inner Mould edge:

Matrix / Runout: CPTP-001770 G3 1A 13
Mastering SID Code: IFPI L423
Mould SID Code: IFPI 7298
.Prettybrokenspiral.

.Prettybrokenspiral.

July 18, 2021
referencing The Elephant Riders, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, LETV462LP
This album sounds terrific and is made to sound warm and low. For the people complaining about the "low sound", that's because you've been listening to hot, overcompressed masters of albums your whole life and that's what you're used to. It's actually a BLESSING this gem (if you're lucky to own one) isn't blown out and cranked for the "loudness wars". Check out Hum's equally-crushing but no less warm sounding You'd Prefer An Astronaut vinyl for the exact same thing. Albums were mastered properly back in the 90s. Not like this white hot static trash mastering you hear all the time today, that just assaults your ears.
lawton1981

lawton1981

July 10, 2021
referencing The Elephant Riders, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, LETV462LP

This was a rsd release in England. To be honest I think it's official. As far as I know RSD doesn't do bootlegs. I as far as the bands invovlment I don't think they own the rights. I think hense is a why you haven't seen another repress. I this album is was the last before they created weather maker records.
Eviltoastman

Eviltoastman

September 21, 2018
referencing The Elephant Riders, 2xLP, Album, RE, LETV462LP

Very poor pressing. Terrible vinyl master. Again the ceiling is so confined with no air or room for the musicality to escape. GZ do it again with horrible mastering, doubly strange as this is mastered at 45rpm. No excuses. Don't waste your cash.

The CD is magnificent.
CykoMF

CykoMF

January 1, 2017
referencing The Elephant Riders, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, LETV462LP
Sound quality is actually slightly better than most of the Back On Black releases, which probably also explains the low signal levels.
CykoMF

CykoMF

January 1, 2017
referencing The Elephant Riders, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, LETV462LP
Factory sealed copies of this album have the discs and their inner sleeves placed inside the covers gatefold, not within the pockets.
rose1978

rose1978

September 11, 2016
edited over 5 years ago
referencing The Elephant Riders, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, LETV462LP

This CLUTCH album here sounds warm without surface noises BUT THE VOLUME IS LOW. I m wondering why the volume is so low in many represses.
MatthewJMcd

MatthewJMcd

June 9, 2016
referencing The Elephant Riders, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, LETV462LP
Must have for my collection but the sound quality is lacking. Very flat sound w/ no dynamics.
Europa_Gonzos

Europa_Gonzos

May 11, 2016
referencing The Elephant Riders, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, LETV462LP

Maybe nit-picking here, but I have to agree that the volume levels are quite low. The cut between Crackerjack and Dragonfly is not pristine. It would've been better had these songs been on the same side. However, the sound across the two slabs is lovely and warm, there is very little surface noise (even though you have to crank it to hear it proper-like!). Will forever be (oh-so-slightly) disappointed that this special RSD vinyl release does not have all three bonus tracks. I can also confirm that my bonus track is '05'.
Gut-Punch_Records

Gut-Punch_Records

May 2, 2016
referencing The Elephant Riders, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, LETV462LP
So, in short:

this is an officially licensed pressing, although the band had no involvment in its making. The quaity of the sound is decent, especially for a color vinyl release. I supposed the 45RPM mastering helps in that department.
The quality of the printed matters is above average considering modern standards.
All in all, it's a good vinyl release, although the source for the mastering is definitely NOT the master tapes, but most likely decent quality files, and the listing price is quite high.
I still consider myself lucky to have found a copy! This was really, REALLY needed on vinyl.