This is my first dive in to live Ozric material (after already owning a most of their studio material) and I have to say I don't regret it one bit. This was a live album recorded March 2002 at the Shepherds Bush Empire with the lineup of Ed, John (who goes by Champignon on this album), Zia, Seaweed, and new drummer Schoo (Stuart Fisher). The material here dates from as far back as Sliding Gliding Worlds (particularly "It's a Hup Ho World" and "Kick Muck") to Curious Corn, with surprisingly no material from Waterfall Cities. Material from The Hidden Step is represented by only two cuts, "Pixel Dream" and "Ta Khut" (albeit shortened). Many of these songs are extended versions giving them a bit different twist as to not make them exact copycats of the studio originals. It's always interesting to hear the 2001-2002 lineup's takes on songs that date back when Joie, Merv (and later on, Rad) were still in the band. I thought the new drummer's style was a cross between Merv and Rad, and so he seem to have little problem alternating between the Merv and Rad-era material. This is how a live album should be: full of inspired playing and of the same high quality as their studio material. This is not like many other live albums by certain other bands where they go on ego trips and end up giving us a really tedious album to listen to. Not with the Ozrcs. Live at the Pongmasters Ball is a two CD set, means you get around two hours of music. If you can't get the chance to see the Ozrics live because of where you live (like me, for example), this is an excellent CD to choose.