There have been many great debut albums (Moby Grape, Stone Roses, Velvet Underground & Nico, etc), but this is up there with the best. Unfortunately, the Levellers did not make an impact on the pop charts until their next album, and as a result this LP has never charted, despite its overall sales making it go platinum. Even more than 1991's Levelling The Land, this epitomises the band's early fiddle-driven, politically motivated folk-punk style.
The record begins with the four singles, all outstanding, especially the marvellous Carry Me and the idealistic Together All The Way. Elsewhere there are other great songs, such as the wistful No Change, the storming punk of I Have No Answers and the simple but hugely emotive anti-war folk song The Ballad of Robbie Jones. Best of all is the majestic England My Home, previously a b-side on 1988's Carry Me EP. This is one of the best songs the band has ever written. Only 3 Friends fails to work on record, being a song better heard live.
Sadly the band's recent UK tour featured none of the songs from this album, but Levellers fans still rightly regard this as one of their greatest moments.