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The Best Of Sugar Ray

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Around the time that "Every Morning" proved Sugar Ray weren't a one-hit wonder in 1998 -- following the 1997 smash "Fly," it was suggested that, at the very least, they'd be a two-hit wonder -- it became clear that the way to listen to Sugar Ray would be a greatest-hits compilation. That suspicion increased as they piled up hit singles over the next few years -- "Falls Apart" and "Someday" in 1999/2000, "Answer the Phone" and "When It's Over" in 2001 -- and when the bottom finally fell out with 2003's In the Pursuit of Leisure, which failed to generate any big hit, it became clear that it wouldn't be long before that hits disc came along. And here it is: Greatest Hits, released in the middle of June 2005, just as the summer was getting under way. That's appropriate, because Sugar Ray's breezy party music is designed for the summer, as this 15-track disc proves -- not only is it the perfect soundtrack for lazy days at the beach, lead singer Mark McGrath incessantly mentions summer in his lyrics, which just sets the mood. That mood is occasionally broken by such remnants of the group's metallic beginnings as "Rhyme Stealer" and "RPM," which stand in uneasy contrast to the sunny, friendly sound that not only brought the group fame and fortune, but made them one of the prime guilty pleasures at the turn of the millennium. These songs are all the more jarring because the collection is not presented in chronological order -- a move that wouldn't have been a problem if the disc didn't dip back to those early stilted hard rock cuts, since "Mean Machine" really spoils the mood that "Every Morning" sets. But that's nitpicking, since it's a problem that can be solved by programming, fast forward, or play lists. What's really nice about Greatest Hits is that it collects those aforementioned great guilty pleasures in one place. The rest of the album isn't as good as those hits -- some of it is just pleasant filler, some of it is ham-fisted rock -- but it's largely entertaining pop, and it makes for a good hits collection. (The disc contains three unreleased songs: the nice "Shot of Laughter," which is yet another entry in McGrath's "endless summer" catalog; a cheerful reworking of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," which relates neatly to Sugar Ray's cataloging of '80s favorites on "Under the Sun"; and the punk metal of "Psychedelic Bee," whose title inadvertently brings to mind the neo-psychedelic classic by Mercury Rev, "Chasing a Bee.") ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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1
Shot Of Laughter (Previously Unreleased) 00:03:40

David Kahne, Writer - Sugar Ray, MainArtist - Stan Frazier, Writer - Mark McGrath, Writer - Murphy Karges, Writer - Rodney Sheppard, Writer

2005 RT Industries 2005 RT Industries

2
Answer The Phone (Remastered Album Version) 00:03:58

Sugar Ray, Composer, MainArtist - Don Gilmore, Producer, Writer - Stan Frazier, Drums, Vocals, Writer - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer - Steve Marcussen, Masterer - D.J. HOMICIDE, DJ, Scratching, Vocals - Mark McGrath, Lead Vocals, Writer - Murphy Karges, Bass Guitar, Writer - Rodney Sheppard, Guitar, Vocals

2005 RT Industries 2001 RT Industries

3
Fly (feat. Super Cat) (Remastered LP Version) 00:04:52

David Kahne, Producer, Engineer - William Maragh, Writer - Sugar Ray, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - John Travis, Engineer - Stan Frazier, Writer - Alan Shacklock, Writer - Doug Trantow, Engineer - James Murray, Engineer - John Ewing Jr., Engineer - Mark McGrath, Writer - Murphy Karges, Writer - Rodney Sheppard, Writer - Mark Nixdorf, Engineer - Mike Rew, Engineer - Criag Bullock, Writer - Super Cat, FeaturedArtist

2005 RT Industries 1997 RT Industries

4
Someday (Remastered LP Version) 00:04:02

David Kahne, Producer, Writer - Sugar Ray, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Stan Frazier, Drums, Writer - D.J. HOMICIDE, Programmer - Craig Bullock, Writer - Mark McGrath, Vocals, Writer - Murphy Karges, Bass Guitar, Writer - Rodney Sheppard, Writer - Joe Nichol, Writer - Rodney Shepard, Guitar

2005 RT Industries 1999 RT Industries

5
Under The Sun (Remastered Album Version) 00:03:20

Sugar Ray, Composer, MainArtist - Don Gilmore, Producer, Writer - Stan Frazier, Drums, Vocals, Writer - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer - Steve Marcussen, Masterer - D.J. HOMICIDE, DJ, Scratching, Vocals - Mark McGrath, Lead Vocals, Writer - Murphy Karges, Bass Guitar, Writer - Rodney Sheppard, Guitar, Vocals - Terry Karges, Writer

2005 RT Industries 2001 RT Industries

6
Every Morning (Remastered LP Version) 00:03:39

David Kahne, Writer - Sugar Ray, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Pablo Tellez, Writer - Abel Zarate, Writer - Richard Bean, Writer - Stan Frazier, Drums, Writer - D.J. HOMICIDE, Programmer - Craig Bullock, Writer - Mark McGrath, Vocals, Writer - Murphy Karges, Bass Guitar, Writer - Rodney Sheppard, Writer - Joe Nichol, Writer - Rodney Shepard, Guitar

2005 RT Industries 1999 RT Industries

7
Mean Machine (Remastered LP Version) 00:02:41

David Kahne, Writer - Sugar Ray, Writer, MainArtist - Pablo Tellez, Writer - Abel Zarate, Writer - Richard Bean, Writer - Stan Frazier, Writer - Craig Bullock, Writer - Mark McGrath, Writer - Murphy Karges, Writer - Rodney Sheppard, Writer - Joe Nichol, Writer - McG, Producer

2005 RT Industries 1995 RT Industries

8
Falls Apart (Remastered LP Version) 00:04:15

David Kahne, Composer, Producer, Writer - Sugar Ray, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Stan Frazier, Drums, Writer - D.J. HOMICIDE, Programmer - Mark McGrath, Vocals, Writer - Murphy Karges, Bass Guitar, Writer - Rodney Sheppard, Writer - Criag Bullock, Writer - Joe Nichol, Writer - Rodney Shepard, Guitar

2005 RT Industries 1999 RT Industries

9
Time After Time (Previously Unreleased) 00:03:54

Cyndi Lauper, Writer - Rob Hyman, Writer - Sugar Ray, Performance, MainArtist

2005 RT Industries 2005 RT Industries

10
Rhyme Stealer (Remastered Version) (Remastered LP Version) 00:02:52

Sugar Ray, Writer, MainArtist - Stan Frazier, Writer - Mark McGrath, Writer - Murphy Karges, Writer - Rodney Sheppard, Writer - Joe Nichol, Writer - McG, Producer

2005 RT Industries 1995 RT Industries

11
When It's Over (Remastered Album Version) 00:03:37

David Kahne, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Writer - David Leonard, Mixer - Sugar Ray, Composer, MainArtist - Stan Frazier, Drums, Vocals, Writer - Steve Marcussen, Masterer - D.J. HOMICIDE, DJ, Scratching, Vocals - Craig Bullock, Writer - Mark McGrath, Lead Vocals, Writer - Murphy Karges, Bass Guitar - Rodney Sheppard, Guitar, Vocals, Writer

2005 RT Industries 2001 RT Industries

12
RPM (Remastered LP Version) 00:03:20

David Kahne, Producer, Engineer, Writer - Sugar Ray, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - John Travis, Engineer - David Sabo, Writer - Stan Frazier, Writer - Doug Trantow, Engineer - James Murray, Engineer - John Ewing Jr., Engineer - Craig Bullock, Writer - Mark McGrath, Writer - Murphy Karges, Writer - Rodney Sheppard, Writer - Mark Nixdorf, Engineer - Mike Rew, Engineer

2005 RT Industries 1997 RT Industries

13
Is She Really Going Out With Him? (Remastered Album Version) 00:03:48

David Kahne, DJ - Sugar Ray, Composer, MainArtist - Stan Frazier, Drums - Mark McGrath, Vocals - Murphy Karges, Bass - Rodney Sheppard, Guitar - Joe Jackson, Writer - Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock, DJ

2005 RT Industries 2003 RT Industries

14
Psychedelic Bee (Previously Unreleased) 00:01:53

Sugar Ray, MainArtist - Stan Frazier, Drums, Guitar, Background Vocals - Craig Bullock, Background Vocals - Mark McGrath, Guitar, Vocals - Murphy Karges, Bass - Rodney Sheppard, Guitar, Background Vocals - Howard Stern, Writer

2005 RT Industries 2005 RT Industries

15
Chasin' You Around (Remastered Album Version) 00:03:38

David Kahne, Producer, Writer - Sugar Ray, Composer, MainArtist - Stan Frazier, Drums, Guitar - Craig Bullock, Writer - Mark McGrath, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Murphy Karges, Writer - Rodney Sheppard, Guitar, Writer - Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock, DJ

2005 RT Industries 2003 RT Industries

Album Description

Around the time that "Every Morning" proved Sugar Ray weren't a one-hit wonder in 1998 -- following the 1997 smash "Fly," it was suggested that, at the very least, they'd be a two-hit wonder -- it became clear that the way to listen to Sugar Ray would be a greatest-hits compilation. That suspicion increased as they piled up hit singles over the next few years -- "Falls Apart" and "Someday" in 1999/2000, "Answer the Phone" and "When It's Over" in 2001 -- and when the bottom finally fell out with 2003's In the Pursuit of Leisure, which failed to generate any big hit, it became clear that it wouldn't be long before that hits disc came along. And here it is: Greatest Hits, released in the middle of June 2005, just as the summer was getting under way. That's appropriate, because Sugar Ray's breezy party music is designed for the summer, as this 15-track disc proves -- not only is it the perfect soundtrack for lazy days at the beach, lead singer Mark McGrath incessantly mentions summer in his lyrics, which just sets the mood. That mood is occasionally broken by such remnants of the group's metallic beginnings as "Rhyme Stealer" and "RPM," which stand in uneasy contrast to the sunny, friendly sound that not only brought the group fame and fortune, but made them one of the prime guilty pleasures at the turn of the millennium. These songs are all the more jarring because the collection is not presented in chronological order -- a move that wouldn't have been a problem if the disc didn't dip back to those early stilted hard rock cuts, since "Mean Machine" really spoils the mood that "Every Morning" sets. But that's nitpicking, since it's a problem that can be solved by programming, fast forward, or play lists. What's really nice about Greatest Hits is that it collects those aforementioned great guilty pleasures in one place. The rest of the album isn't as good as those hits -- some of it is just pleasant filler, some of it is ham-fisted rock -- but it's largely entertaining pop, and it makes for a good hits collection. (The disc contains three unreleased songs: the nice "Shot of Laughter," which is yet another entry in McGrath's "endless summer" catalog; a cheerful reworking of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," which relates neatly to Sugar Ray's cataloging of '80s favorites on "Under the Sun"; and the punk metal of "Psychedelic Bee," whose title inadvertently brings to mind the neo-psychedelic classic by Mercury Rev, "Chasing a Bee.") ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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