Black Grape get the deluxe treatment

Radioactive/UMC will release a three-disc deluxe edition of Black Grape’s It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah on 4th November.

Black Grape was founded in 1993 by Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder and Bez, who recruited former Rap Assasin Paul ‘Kermit’ Leveridge, Carl ‘Pyscho’ McCarthy, drummer Ged Lynch and guitarist Wags (formerly of Paris Angels). After signing to Radioactive Records, in 1995 they released their debut album It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah. The album debuted at number 1 (eventually going platinum) and spawned three Top 20 singles: ‘Reverend Black Grape’, ‘In The Name Of The Father’ and ‘Kelly’s Heroes’

To celebrate 21 years since the album’s release, this new edition contains three discs, encompasses the original album, rare B-sides with remixes from artists such as Goldie and tracks (including the band’s unofficial Euro ’96 football song, ‘England’s Irie’, which featured guest vocals from legendary Clash frontman Joe Strummer), 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.

Special features tracklisting:

Disc 2
1. Tramazi Parti (Live – Brixton Academy 1996)
2. Shake Well Before Opening (Live – Brixton Academy 1996)
3. Little Bob (Live – Brixton Academy 1996)
4. Kelly’s Heroes (Live – Brixton Academy 1996)
5. Shake Your Money (Live – Brixton Academy 1996)
6. A Big Day In The North (Live – Brixton Academy 1996)
7. England’s Irie
8. Yeah Yeah Brother (Outlaw Josie Wales Mix)
9. Kelly’s Heroes (Milky Bar Kid Mix)
10. Fat Neck (Beat The Fuck Down Mix by Goldie)
11. Reverend Black Grape (The Crystal Method Edit)
12. Pretty Vacant (Live)
13. In The Name Of The Father (Choppers Mix)
14. Yeah Yeah Brother (Clockwork Orange Mix)
15. Reverend Black Grape (Dark Side Mix)
16. England’s Irie (Pass The Durazac)
17. Land Of 1000 Karma Sutra Babes

DVD
• Reverend Black Grape (Top Of The Pops 1995)
• Tramazi Party (Jools Holland 1995)
• In The Name Of The Father (Jools Holland 1995)
• Reverend Black Grape (Jools Holland 1995)
• Fat Neck (Top Of The Pops 1996)
• England’s Irie (Top Of The Pops 1996)
• Reverend Black Grape (Official Video)
• In The Name Of The Father (Official Video)
• 2X Handy Hints from Bez

black-grape-deluxe-1To celebrate this 21st anniversary reissue, Black Grape will take to the road in November for a 13-date UK tour.

NOVEMBER
11TH NORWICH – WATERFRONT
12TH CAMBRIDGE – JUNCTION
13TH MINEHEAD – SHIIINE FESTIVAL – BUTLINS
17TH LIVERPOOL – O2 ACADEMY
18TH HULL – WELLY
22ND NEWCASTLE – RIVERSIDE
23RD GLASGOW – O2 ABC
24TH EDINBURGH – LIQUID ROOMS
25TH ABERDEEN – BEACH BALLROOM
26TH CARLISLE – OLD FIRE STATION

DECEMBER
7TH LONDON – ELECTRIC BALLROOM
8TH NOTTINGHAM – ROCK CITY
9TH WAKEFIELD – WAREHOUSE 23
10TH NORTHAMPTON – ROADMENDER

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