Fans of the original Stranglers, the UK punk band, will not be disappointed with this live CD by Hugh Cornwell, who was the guitarist and often the lead vocalist in that band. He parted ways with them in the early 90's as I recall and began a solo career that has been very good overall. This CD recorded live in London in 2005 features songs from both sides of his career, most of them are better known. His 2 piece band does a commendable job playing all of the songs with a lot of skill and energy. The sound quality is quite good overall as well. Hugh's voice is still strong and in good form. Wisely he chose to alternate Stranglers' era songs with solo era songs which may be less will known. But the songs are mostly all strong choices and well placed in the set list. The Stranglers songs are all from their early albums/singles with the lone exception of "Always the Sun" from the 80's art rock "Dreamland" LP. These are all songs that he wrote or wrote with members of the Stranglers. It's easy to tell a stylistic shift in his solo songs that seem to have more "swing" and bite to them. In this live setting the transitions between the group and solo songs is nearly seamless. Just to hear his brilliant interpretation of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David pop classic "Walk on By" performed live again in the new millenium is a godsend. Bravo Hugh! Thanks for releasing this little gem for die hard fans like me and it's probably a good introduction to those unfamiliar with his long career of uncompromising songcraft and his formidable performing abilities. Did I mention the band? Steve Lawrence lays down the appropriate and muscular bass runs that defined so many Stranglers songs as well as a more deft approach to the solo songs. Windsor McGilvray does likewise on drums and both provide good backing vocals. There are a few photos of Hugh and the band included in the CD leaflet and Hugh is sporting in interesting fringed leather jacket that is oddly reminiscent of the one worn by Roger Daltry back in the Woodstock era. It's good to see he still plays a Fender Telecaster that lends to the wiry and strident guitar sounds he's so good at getting out of it. The cover art is better suited for a 12" vinyl version, but clever nonetheless with 12 individual photos surrounding the photo of Hugh working it out on his Fender. Inside are printed the lyrics to his solo era songs performed on this CD. According to liner notes there is also a 3 CD version available of the entire set, which I wished I'd known about as now I will have to hunt it down. Living in the Midwest USA, it's difficult at best to find this kind of material and I'm glad it appeared on the Amazon.com US website. I'll end by restating that this is a great performance by an amazing and overlooked musical prophet of the original UK punk era, even though the Stranglers slightly predated that period and delved much deeper into developing new forms of rock music in the 70's and 80's.