Black Grape / It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah / deluxe edition


This November, Universal Music will issue a three-disc deluxe edition of one of the Black Grape’s 1995 debut, It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah.

The band were formed in ’93 and of course featured Shaun Ryder and Bez from The Happy Mondays. The album has come of age (it’s 21 years old) and the bonus CD in this new package features rare remixes, live tracks from the band’s 1996 Brixton Academy performance and even the band’s unofficial Euro ’96 football song, England’s Irie, which featured guest vocals from Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

The DVD includes promo videos, and TV performances from Top of the Pops and Later… with Jools Holland (although nothing from TFI Friday!). Paolo Hewitt contributes sleeve notes.

The album went to number one back in the day and delivered three hit singles Reverend Black Grape, In The Name Of The Father and Kelly’s Heroes.

This will be released on 4 November 2016. A vinyl version and single CD will also be available.

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It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah - 3-disc deluxe edition


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CD 1
1.Reverend Black Grape
2.In The Name Of The Father
3.Tramazi Party
4.Kelly’s Heroes
5.Yeah Yeah Brother
6.A Big Day In The North
7.Shake Well Before Opening
9.Shake Your Money
10.Little Bob
CD 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

•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

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I saw them in Limerick in what I think was their first ever live show. Great fun gig. Met them afterwards and got Shaun and Kermit to sign my shirt. I still have it I think. Unless Mum threw it out…!


I’m puzzled who the ‘1 cd’ version is aimed at ? Either buy the original from Amazon second hand for 1p, or try and pick it up in a charity shop. It still sounds fantastic, doesn’t need much remastering to my ears.

The deluxe versions look good though, if they come down in price.


I’m not knocking this album as i quite like them but they are seriously reissuing a lot of bizarre stuff lately. I don’t believe an album from 1995 needs remastered though.


Re: Shake Your Money, I remember Chris Evens would play a version with all the swearing cut out. It would have been a classic single if they’d released it.


They got Chris Evans out on stage with them at Reading 96. What a hoot that night was, brilliant! It was actually as good as seeing the Happy Mondays in Leeds some years before.

Neil Kelly

Damn. Stuff missing and space. Unforgivable. So annoying yet i’ll still have to get this. I wonder if it will all sound better by being remastered from the masters?


To this day, I still think Shame Your Money maker would have been a killer single.


Between this and the Marion 3-disc reissue the Britpop-era barrel is being truly scraped.


Black Grape and Marion do not belong in the same sentence.


Well, you are the only one who put them both in the same sentence, so go figure :)


Oh you just wait for the Menswear SDE boxset.


Agree about the absence of the single version of Fat Neck: very strange.
England’s Irie is the 2nd best England football track behind World In Motion.
Love this LP, the lyrics are amazing. e.g.
“Neil Armstrong, astronaut,
He had balls bigger than King Kong,
First big suit on the Moon and he’s off to play Golf….hole in one!”

Neil Kelly

Love it. Ryder is top drawer!


Odd that the standard single version of Fat Neck is absent but the Goldie mix has been included.


Yes, that’s what I thought as well. Put me off buying at this stage – seems expensive.


‘Reverend Black Grape’ is one of the best songs of the nineties. I won’t be buying this though. Live tracks and remixes hold no interest.

Chris Lancaster

Excellent album, so it’s great to see it getting a reissue. Kelly’s Heroes features my all-time favourite lyric:

“Jesus was a black man
No, Jesus was Batman
No, no, that was Bruce Wayne”

Genius. Worth buying for that alone.


I second that. Great album but will stick to my 20 year old copy and buy the cd singles at that price!

Gary C

I remember buying the Supergrass album in a record shop in Perth, played it once, took it back and swapped it for this. A fun album indeed.


Not bad, a great album which I played to death, but for the money I’d expect at least all the tracks from the singles…

From that listing we appear to be missing:
Kelly’s Heroes [The Archibald Mix]
England’s Irie [Suedehead Dub]
England’s Irie [Mel’s LA Irie Mix]
Reverend Black Grape [Dub Collar Mix]
Straight Out Of Trumpton [Basement Tapes]

These are just the ones I have, there may be more. There is plenty of space on the end of CD1 for these or if that’s too much like heard work, how about sticking them on the DVD?

Sylent Syd

Great record! Count me in for both editions.

Paul Mac

Great party record, brings back some good memories (and some blank parts!)


Deluxe cd/dvd is available from recordstore .co.uk or via the official site with a signed Shaun Ryder insert for £21.99 + p&p although I expect the amazon price will drop below it before release if you’re not bothered about that extra.