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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Shipping and packaging were OK.
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This brings back so many good memories. I was so happy to find this album here and to be able to upload it right to my phone was even better.. thank you so much....Published on February 10, 2012 by Shirleyg909
I was a big fan of the lemonheads in the early 1990s before the group faded away. I bought this album in July 2010 and listen to it every few days on the way to work. Read morePublished on October 3, 2010 by kenneth haft
The demos are great, worth the price of admission. One of my favorite records from the early '90s. It's ridiculously catchy.Published on March 26, 2008 by Damian Konopka