Lemonheads / It’s A Shame About Ray 30th anniversary reissue

Double vinyl and 2CD sets

Early next year, Fire Records will release a 30th anniversary edition of The Lemonheads’ 1992 album, It’s A Shame About Ray.

The album was the group’s second for Atlantic Records (after 1990’s Lovey) and features two top 40 UK singles: the title track, and the cover of Simon and Garfunkel‘s Mrs Robinson which was hastily appended to the record when it was a hit, late in 1992.

The 2CD ‘bookback’ 30th anniversary edition of ‘It’s A Shame About Ray’

The 30th anniversary reissue comes with bonus tracks and demos and there are four editions: a deluxe ‘bookback’ (aka casebound book) version of both 2CD and 2LP vinyl and then standard editions of both formats. There’s also a Rough Trade exclusive violet vinyl edition (note this is the standard packaging, not the ‘bookback’). The audio is the same on all editions.

There are five tracks on this new deluxe edition that weren’t included in Rhino’s 2008 double-CD deluxe. These are: ‘My Drug Buddy’ (KCRW Session, 1992), ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ (Acoustic), ‘Confetti’ (Acoustic), ‘Alison’s Starting To Happen’ (Acoustic) and ‘Divan’. Also, the Simon and Garfunkel cover, ‘Mrs Robinson’, is now part of the bonus material and not tacked onto the end of the album.

‘Shaky Ground’ and all nine album track demos are repeated from the previous deluxe although this is the first time the demos are being issued on vinyl.

These presentations come with unseen photos and new sleeve notes. It’s A Shame About Ray is reissued on 4 March 2022.

It’s A Shame About Ray 2LP reissue (click image to enlarge)


It’s A Shame About Ray Lemonheads / 2LP vinyl / 2CD reissue

    • LP 1: Album
      Side A
      1. Rockin’ Stroll
      2. Confetti
      3. It’s A Shame About Ray
      4. Rudderless
      5. My Drug Buddy
      6. The Turnpike Down
      Side B
      1. Bit Part
      2. Alison’s Starting To Happen
      3. Hannah & Gabi
      4. Kitchen
      5. Ceiling Fan In My Spoon
      6. Frank Mills
    • LP 2
      Side C: Essential Extras
      1. Mrs. Robinson
      2. Shakey Ground
      3. My Drug Buddy (KCRW Session, 1992)
      4. Knowing Me, Knowing You (Acoustic)
      5. Confetti (Acoustic)
      6. Alison’s Starting To Happen (Acoustic)
      7. Divan
      Side D: Demo Recordings
      1. It’s A Shame About Ray (Demo)
      2. Rockin’ Stroll (Demo)
      3. My Drug Buddy (Demo)
      4. Hannah & Gabi (Demo)
      5. Kitchen (Demo)
      6. Bit Part (Demo)
      7. Rudderless (Demo)
      8. Ceiling Fan In My Spoon (Demo)
      9. Confetti (Demo)

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