Well, at last IT'S HERE!! Joyous celebrations all round!
If I have any minor criticism, it is that it doesn't include everything, (such as the marvellous 12" "Lights! Camel! Action!" remix of 'Charlton Heston' - which is rather sad as Charlton himself passed away last weekend). It also omits the whole of the 12" EP of Peel Sessions recorded in January 1986 (my, that's over 20 years ago now, sigh). The latter was originally issued on Strange Fruit, maybe they are just unavailable for legal reasons(?). These are very small issues (hey, I have these two things on vinyl anyway), and issues that I can accept - this is a fantastic set with many previously unreleased gems! Go do yourselves a favour and buy a piece of real authentic rock music. There has never been anyone quite like Stump... nor will there probably ever be!
I just had to pick up a copy of this marvellous compilation on the day it finally surfaced, and it's a great package with some very interesting sleeve notes on the history of the band. All we can hope for now is a band reunion (I heard that they DID all meet up in 2006 in Clonakilty, Cork), and maybe even a reunion gig. I can but dream. Sigh.
Lord rest the mighty Stump.