Gang Of Four's Entertainment!,their debut album,has,like other albums of 1979- Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures, PiL's Metal Box,and Talking Heads' Fear Of Music,to name a few-not dated at all,and has been a valuable influence on any number of genuinely great bands-R.E.M,Jane's Addiction,Fugazi/Minor Threat (And arguably many other Dischord bands),The Rapture,etc.
Entertainment! is one of the few LPs to be released that has no bad songs.A few random highlights? Opener Ether's talk of "dirt behind the daydream";At Home He's A Tourist's "two steps forward...Six steps back,six steps back...",the guitar playing,particularly on Return The Gift and Guns And Butter,the glorious anti-rockism displayed throughout,and perhaps most of all,the spectacularly bitter closer Anthrax.
This version of Entertainment! also features three bonus tracks,which surprisingly don't detract from the overall listening experience-in fact Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time is as good as the best of the original album.