This is not light listening, it is however one of the most interesting and satisfying cd's I have. The atmosphere created is claustrophobic but totally demanding. I agree that to fully enjoy this you need to appreciate the more extreme side of jazz, Squeels and all, but it's great, and your reviewer 'A customer' states his case well.
Remember the Yardbirds twangy 'mister you're a better man than I'? Great lyrics, and great snappy pop song. I think it was the b side of shapes of things, well, MMC3 version here is, er, Different and completly the opposite, it is so slow, but I think this approach really compliments the words. Quite menacing.
I cannot recommend any comparisons except their second offering - Vol 2, just as good!