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The EP's 92-94
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
A collection of early recordings by this deservedly much hyped British singer/ songwriter who broke in the U.S. recently with the smash hit Babylon. This compilation contains 10 tracks he cut for Hut Records that the la... more »
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A collection of early recordings by this deservedly much hyped British singer/ songwriter who broke in the U.S. recently with the smash hit Babylon. This compilation contains 10 tracks he cut for Hut Records that the label originally released on various EPs between 1992 and 1994. This new U.S. edition has newly written liner notes from David Gray and well as 2 enhanced videos - Shine & Wisdom.
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Outstanding early material
Drummond Berman | Brooklyn, NY USA | 07/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a significantly better purchase than the rather cynical Lost Songs (a rather feeble ragbag of previously unreleased songs - unreleased for good reason!). EP's, on the other hand, is an outstanding collection of alternate versions of David Gray's excellent earlier material. In the early 90's, Gray was producing some of the finest folk rock around. Although at the time it was only the discerning Irish who truly appreciated him - they were buying his albums by the boatload! Lyrically profound and painstakingly crafted. This work, most of which is also to be found on his albums of the time A Century Ends and Flesh, is as good as anything on his breakthrough album White Ladder. Arguably it's more honest, and without a doubt it's ballsier and angrier than his current work (although it still makes a great soundtrack for a dinner party). The versions heard on this album are only slightly different from those on their respective albums; but for some reason the lyrics come across more strongly than i've ever noticed before. and how wonderful they are. birds without wings is a blistering criticism on mediocrity. several of the tracks are love songs, and they contain greater tenderness and honesty than virtually anything else i can think of. if you're interested in sampling David Gray's earlier work, without going all the way and buying all the albums, EP's 92-94 is an excellent place to start."
I froze in a thrift store.
M. Andersen | California | 09/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I recently went on a road trip with my sweet boyfriend up the Califrnia coast. While looking through the local Santa Cruz shops we happened upon a thrift store. When I walked in, "Birds Without Wings" was playing over the store's stereo system. I froze. I had to grab onto a rack of overall's to catch my breath. When I ran up to the young hipster behind the counter and asked who was playing I was excited to hear the name David Gray for the first time. This album goes directly to the top of my list. His voice, passion, and lyrics are so poetic, it makes me ache. I love this album and highly, highly recommend it.
As we were driving to our camp site I heard "Shine" for the first time ever. This song must have tapped something inside of me because I felt overcome with emotion and love and appreciation.
The EP's is one of the best things you can to to your stereo, and do for yourself."
A great place to start
speedqueen c | Torrington, CT USA | 07/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm so glad that this album is being re-released. It has long been one of my favorites, but has been impossible to find outside of the occasional used CD store. As the first song on the album, "Shine" is, I believe, one of the most insightful and real songs written in the last decade; it is the perfect track to set the stage for the entire record. As his first release, A Century Ends has a more acoustic-based folk rock sound than White Ladder; the feel of the album is perfectly matched to the songs as Gray displays his folk influences while giving every track his distinctly emotive stamp. Hopefully new David Gray fans won over by "Babylon" and the other hits from White Ladder will take this opportunity to dive back into his earlier, more acoustic work. Though in some ways Gray has gotten better with time, even his earlier albums like A Century Ends, Flesh (my personal favorite), and Sell Sell Sell are masterpieces in their own right. Let's hope the rest of the albums are re-released as well."