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It's a Shame About Ray [180 Gram Vinyl] Import

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After numerous line-up changes and independent releases Boston's Lemonheads signed to Atlantic Records for 1990's Lovey. It was with that record that Evan Dando began to move from Replacements style punk-pop into more gentle and jangly territory, and it's here, on It's A Shame About Ray, that he perfects his vision and launches the Lemonheads into international stardom. Featuring Blake Babies member Juliana Hatfield, It's A Shame About Ray is one of the hookiest and catchy records of the 'alternative' era and holds up now as a jangle-pop classic alongside anything from Eight Miles High to Life's Rich Pageant. 180 gram vinyl.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rockin Stroll
  2. Confetti
  3. It's a Shame About Ray
  4. Rudderless
  5. My Drug Buddy
  6. The Turnpike Down
  7. Bit Part
  8. Alison's Starting to Happen
  9. Hannah & Gabi
  10. Kitchen
  11. Ceiling Fan in My Spoon
  12. Frank Mills
  13. Mrs. Robinson


Product Details

  • Vinyl (February 24, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Plain
  • ASIN: B001FTWAZ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I was extremely excited when I read that one of my favorite albums was to be re-released with some bonus tracks, and better yet, a bonus DVD of the classic Lemonheads' 'Two Weeks In Australia' video. The DVD looks and sounds amazing, and there should be NO disappointment there - it alone is enough of a reason to buy this package. The CD, however, is *mildly* disappointing. Of course the main album tracks sound as good as ever. Even listening to this today, it sounds as fresh as it did when I first heard it 16 years ago (good God, has it been that long!?). Every song is a gem, and this is folk indie pop at its best. The bonus tracks, however, are nothing to write home about. 'Shaky Ground' was previously released as a b-side. It's a decent song and a nice inclusion, but it's certainly nothing that stands up against the tracks found on the album. The acoustic demo tracks, however, are not that fun of a listen. I always enjoyed getting my hands on Lemonheads' singles that had acoustic versions of Evan's songs, but these don't live up to what has been released as b-sides in the past. Every demo has an annoying 'flange' effect on the voice, and the quality is not very good. Unfortunately, for me, these are unlikely to get repeated listens. The packaging is fairly nice, and it contains a booklet with a couple of pictures and some liner notes, but again, nothing *too* exciting.

Nothing can take away from what a master piece 'It's a Shame About Ray' is. You can always find original copies on Ebay for much cheaper than this pressing, but again, I feel the expanded version is worth it just for the DVD. I feel the bonus tracks could have been better, but oh well. A nice collection all the same.
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I suppose it could have been easy to forget about the Lemonheads. They were a great band but they seemed to have burned out to quickly to make a significant mark. Evan Dando was either too reckless or too restless to let the band gather enough steam to garner mass appeal, and I for one tossed the Lemonheads into the pile of bands that almost reached their potential. That was a mistake, for two reasons. First of all, the Lemonheads are still with us, having reformed in 2005. Second, they actually did reach their potential, on "It's a Shame about Ray."
Released in 1992, "Ray" stood out like a glittering prize among the grunge and gangster rap that dominated the market. For its time, it was almost too pleasant, with more melodic hooks and intriguing lyrics than a boatload of contemporary disks. "Confetti" had a lyrical hook that was impossible to shake ("He kinda shoulda sorta would've loved her if he could've..."), while the title song sported a melody so timeless that it seems to have always been there. Lead singer and principal songwriter Evan Dando had the `wistful and cute' thing down pat, and women seemed almost magnetically attracted to him. With so much going right, this band had everything it needed to become gigantic, but coulda shoulda woulda....
The thing is, while the band faded to grey, the songs remained, and hearing them again is a revelation of sorts. In retrospect, "It's a Shame about Ray" has everything an album needs to be considered classic. It plays like a greatest hits record, with virtually every song making an impact. "Alison's Starting to Happen," "(I Just Want a) Bit Part (in Your Life)" and "My Drug Buddy" are impossible to forget, so how did I? Add in their rocking interpretation of Paul Simon's "Mrs.
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I have not heard the original vinyl of this great album but this reissue is excellent, easily besting the CD version which is a relatively dull affair. Like a lot of new vinyl, it's not exactly beautiful to look at but none of the strange imperfections are audible and the sound is quite good, considering the material and that it was undoubtedly sourced from a digital master.

A picture sleeve is included containing a somewhat unflattering image of the band smoking/drinking which I don't remember from the CD.

I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this vinyl but was pleasantly surprised.
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I consider this one of my all time favorite pop albums. Every song is a gem and the songs have stood the test of time. It's an album that's been in, more or less, constant rotation in my disc player since I first bought it in the early nineties. So I was excited to discover that it was being re-released by Rhino in the hopes that they would produce a carefully superior sounding remastered version of this classic alt-rock album. Unfortunatley that's not the case. It sounds nearly identical to the original except they've compressed the sound a bit. If anything it sounds a little harsher than the orginal. The bonus songs are interesting but are 4-track demo quality in sound and performance so they become more of an annoyance in the end. The videos are your standard MTV videos that can be found on the web, if you're feeling nostalgic, and a few forgettable live performances. I highly recommend the album, but I suggest you save your money and get the standard issue disc instead.
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Just perfect! The set comes with the album plus stuff recorded even on a 4 track (demos),,how cool is that!? If you really like the album and you appreciate music, then this edition is totally great,,,but if not, I suggest you just go for the 1 CD regular copy. Although the CD 2 comes with videos you might wanna see.

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