The Lemonheads â€“ Itâ€™s A Shame About Ray / 2008 Rhino / 35 Tracks / http://www.rhino.com /
I was too young to be paying attention to music when The Lemonheads originally broke big with 1990â€™s â€œLoveyâ€, but I heard enough in the way of individuals talking about the band to understand that they were a â€œbig thingâ€. This is the collectorâ€™s edition of their 1992 smash, â€œItâ€™s A Shame About Rayâ€, and Rhino has contributed a ton of extra content to this collectorâ€™s edition. This means that there are an addition 10 bonus tracks that round of the thirteen-tracked original album, and that disc is bundled with a DVD. The DVD itself has a number of extras, most significant of which being videos for songs such as â€œMrs. Robinsonâ€, â€œBeing Aroundâ€, â€œHannah & Gabiâ€, and a mini-documentary in â€œTwo Weeks in Australiaâ€.
For individuals that would like to get a little bit more context into the bandâ€™s creative process, there is an extra bit of commentary with front-person Evan Dando that really does a good job in placing individuals back into the specific context in which â€œItâ€™s A Shame About Rayâ€ was originally created. More so than the documentary, the bonus tracks present largely cover the material that made it to the disc. This means that individuals can hear demo versions of the title track, â€œRockin Strollâ€, â€œHannah & Gabiâ€, and â€œCeiling Fan In My Spoonâ€. Where a number of collectorâ€™s edition add a few bonus tracks to the original album and call it a day, Rhino and The Lemonheads (or those individuals that control the Lemonheadsâ€™ catalog) have given individuals all the reasons in the world to pick up this re-release of â€œItâ€™s A Shame About Rayâ€.
Hopefully the process has started to allow other albums, both from The Lemonheads and contemporary bandâ€™s vaults, to be released in the years to come. Rhino is doing music a service by providing a comprehensive look into an album that defined for many the early nineties, and ensured that no reel of tape will disintegrate without the source material being packed up on this format. Â I may have been too young to appreciate The Lemonheads when they first came out, but I am now able to understand the allure of Dando and the rest of the band. If you are in a situation similar to me, orÂ just want to round out your Lemonheads collection, make it a point to go out and purchase this Collectorâ€™s Edition.
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