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The first-ever hits collection from Sugar Ray spans the band's career with 15 tracks, including two brand-new recordings and the Howard Stern-penned rarity 'Psychedelic Bee'. Fronted by the charismatic Mark McGrath, O.C.-based Sugar Ray debuted in 1995 with the funk-metal-flavored album Lemonade & Brownies. It was 1997's pop-rock-skewed Floored, however, that established the band's signature sound and delivered the breakthrough single 'Fly'. The song's spirited good-time vibes were reflected in a string of hit albums and Hot 100 singles, including 'Falls Apart', 'When It's Over', 'Every Morning' & 'Someday'. Rhino. 2005.

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listen  1. Shot Of Laughter (Previously Unreleased)Sugar Ray 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Answer The Phone (Remastered Album Version)Sugar Ray 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Fly (Remastered LP Version)Sugar Ray feat. Super Cat 4:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Someday (Remastered LP Version)Sugar Ray 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Under The Sun (Remastered Album Version)Sugar Ray 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Every Morning (Remastered LP Version)Sugar Ray 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mean Machine (Remastered LP Version)Sugar Ray 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Falls Apart (Remastered LP Version)Sugar Ray 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Time After Time (Previously Unreleased)Sugar Ray 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Rhyme Stealer (Remastered LP Version)Sugar Ray 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. When It's Over (Remastered Album Version)Sugar Ray 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. RPM (Remastered LP Version)Sugar Ray 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Is She Really Going Out With Him? (Remastered Album Version)Sugar Ray 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Psychedelic Bee (Previously Unreleased)Sugar Ray 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Chasin' You Around (Remastered Album Version)Sugar Ray 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic / Lava
  • ASIN: B0009F66IQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,763 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By George Dionne VINE VOICE on July 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Sugar Ray start things off with one of their new songs, "Shot of Laughter". A song that could quite possibly be the theme of summer 2005 (if they release it as a single). It has a mellow tone that is accented by smooth vocals and funk-style guitar. "Answer the Phone" has the group flirting with some punk-style riffs and mixing it with pop-rock songwriting sensibilities. Do I have to tell you about "Fly"? It's only the song that broke Sugar Ray into the mainstream, with its twangy riffs and reggae overtones. "Someday" is another one of those songs that I bet you still can't get out of your head. The chorus only proves how well the group can write a hook.

"Every Morning" probably has one of the catchiest acoustic riffs from the time it was released. It's actually the riff under the verses that's killer, but it gets buried by the encompassing vocals. "Mean Machine" is a testament to Sugar ray's humble beginnings. It's heavy, raw, and edgier that anything that you've heard from them on the radio. "Rhyme Stealer" is another early one with heavy metal riffs, scratching, samples, and rap-style vocals. This is clearly an example of Sugar Ray trying to find their sound. I loved Sugar Ray's cover of "Is She Really Going out with Him?" when it first came out, and I'm glad that they've included it here.

The Bad

The new cover song "Time After Time" sucks. Same goes for the unreleased, Howard Stern penned "Psychedelic Bee". I think they included that one because Howard has always been a big supporter of them.

The Verdict

The Best Of reveals that Sugar Ray's music is the perfect soundtrack for relaxing and having a good time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Emie on June 24, 2005
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"The Best of Sugar Ray" is like an old friend you might not have spoken with in weeks...months...years...

And, yet, when you finally run into that old friend, you're delighted to discover that nothing has changed. Your relationship is as sharp, healthy, and enjoyable as ever...

If you've walked by a radio sometime in the past decade or so, then you will probably recognize a good 5, 6, or 7 of these songs already. So, it's already a relatively safe investment...

But, the new or lesser known tracks are noteworthy selections in their own right. The concert fave "Mean Machine" harkens back to their harder rock days, while the new single "Shot of Laughter" is a traditional Sugar Ray tune in the vein of "Someday" and "Every Morning" (perfect for summer lethargy).

"Chasin' You Around" is a lofty, feel-good excursion from their 2003 "ITPOL" album that deserves a second chance at life...

Then, of course, there is the summer anthem "Under the Sun", a song that, amazingly, has evaded radio play thus far.

The plan is simple, but ingenious. Lure people in with the hits...then clobber 'em with a showing of depth and versatility that few people knew Sugar Ray had. Diabolical.

In spite of its omissions ("Mr. Bartender", "Iron Mic", "Waiting") this is a great start for people wanting to learn about Sugar Ray's career.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emie on June 21, 2005
"The Best of Sugar Ray" is like an old friend you might not have spoken with in weeks...months...years...

And, yet, when you finally run into that old friend, you're delighted to discover that nothing has changed. Your relationship is as sharp, healthy, and enjoyable as ever...

If you've walked by a radio sometime in the past decade or so, then you will probably recognize a good 5, 6, or 7 of these songs already. So, it's already a relatively safe investment...

But, the new or lesser known tracks are noteworthy selections in their own right. The concert fave "Mean Machine" harkens back to their harder rock days, while the new single "Shot of Laughter" is a traditional Sugar Ray tune in the vein of "Someday" and "Every Morning" (perfect for summer lethargy).

"Chasin' You Around" is a lofty, feel-good excursion from their 2003 "ITPOL" album that deserves a second chance at life...

Then, of course, there is the summer anthem "Under the Sun", a song that, amazingly, has evaded radio play thus far.

The plan is simple, but ingenious. Lure people in with the hits...then clobber 'em with a showing of depth and versatility that few people knew Sugar Ray had. Diabolical.

A great start for people wanting to learn about Sugar Ray's career.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brandon A. Griffiths on June 27, 2005
So a few friends and I was discussing how amazing this and other Best Of albums have been as of late. I love when artists take their careers seriously and offer an album full of tracks that you can get anywhere else. Not to mention that Sugar Ray also includes two covers of other people's songs (Time After Time and Is She Really Going Out With Him?) which I was very surprised that they had anything to do with. I thought those songs had come out long before Sugar Ray graced us with their hard core pop anthems (replaced in later albums by something a bit more commercial and, now, fill the rest of this Best Of album). But I must say the most surprising and incredible addition to this record is Howard Stern's Psychedelic Bee. It's a true honor for Stern to have his 6th grade anthem listed amongst Mark McGrath's very best. Cheers!
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