So, after umpteen years of waiting & wondering why this brilliant album had never been re-issued onto CD, it's finally here... And was it worth the wait? Oh, yes!!!
For those of you who're fans of the RUTS catalogue but have never ventured beyond, this is basically what the official 2nd RUTS album might've sounded like had poor old Malcolm not met his unfortunate fate... You can hear them stepping in this direction on the RUTS classic "West One (Shine On Me)", and the songs on here are just fantastic post-punk, angst-ridden gems one-and-all.
The vocals are shared amongst the 3 remaining Rutsters, and their musicianship rides high throughout, but now also featuring the added bonus of gratuitous sax courtesy of Mr Barnacle.
Personal faves for me include "Mirror Smashed", "Despondancy", "Different View" and the obligatory reggae rub-a-dub of "Fools", but really every song is wonderful. The period-7" has both A + B sides included as bonus cuts, so you really can't go wrong with this re-issue.
The following year they dubbed-out 100% with the (then) sublime "Rhythm Collision Vol. One", but here you can still recall the origins of this criminally over-looked outfit. And once you hear the lyrics to "Parasites", you begin to realise that maybe Virgin Records had an axe to grind by leaving this album hidden in the vaults for all these years since its original release in 1981...