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This would have been the debut album, had they stayed on Postcard. Released in 1992 on the briefly-reactivated Postcard Records, it pisses all over YCHYLF which I find over-produced.
And You Can't Hide Your Love was my favourite of their albums at the time.
Over the years the later, mostly over-looked, The Orange Juice has become my favourite. It's one of the great under-rated albums of British music in my view - lean, sharp, dryly funky, almost blue-eyed soul. I highly recommend it to anyone who's not heard it.
don't really like listening to the re-recorded versions, so Rip It Up edges out YCHYLF as my favourite album. But yeah, grab The Glasgow School compilation if you're looking to get started.
Without question You Can't Hide Your Love Forever.
Never get the 'over-produced' criticism. It's glossy, but it's perfect.
But I always prefer the earlier (Single/Ostrich Churchyard/ Glasgow School) versions of the songs where they exist.
I wouldn't say the production of the album ruins the songs but I like the mix of the sweetness with the slightly rougher edged sound they had originally.