It's Great When You're Straight - Black Grape, CD (Deluxe)
Digitally remastered and expanded three disc (two CDs + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) edition. To celebrate 21 years since the album's release, this edition encompasses the original album and rare B-sides with remixes, collaborations, live tracks from the band's 1996 Brixton Academy performance, a DVD featuring official music videos, TOTP and Later With Jools Holland appearances, and a 20-page booklet featuring postcards and rare photos, with sleevenotes by Paolo Hewitt. It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah is a surreal, funky, profane and perversely joyous party album, overflowing with casual eclecticism and giddy humor. Working with a band that is looser and grittier than the Happy Mondays, Shaun Ryder sounds reinvigorated, creating bizarre rhymes that tie together junk culture, drug lingo, literary references and gobbledygook. Ryder's lyrics have always been freewheelingly impenetrable, but working with Kermit, a rapper that is equal of his skills, the pair pushed each other into some of the wittiest wordplay ever recorded. Soundtracking this chaos is music of deep groves and catchy pop hooks that comes straight out of the leftfield. It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah is filled with music that goes in unconventional directions without ever sounding forced. Not only was the album a triumphant return for Ryder and Mondays cohort Bez, but it fused everything that was brilliant about the Mondays with a love of hip hop and funk, taking their work to new, dizzying heights.