Too pop, perhaps, to be considered worthy of re-issue until now, it's good that LTM have at last got around putting out "Force", probably the most accessible of all A Certain Ratio's Factory releases. Remember the context: "Force" precedes both Madchester and acid house by at least a couple of years and yet you can hear the embryonic forms of both in this record. It's not the band's most ground-breaking work - having been released around the time when Factory was starting to become, relatively speaking, a more commercial concern - though it's far from sell-out material either.
As with all ACR's stuff, in my opinion it doesn't quite form a cohesive album (even in the days of vinyl I found myself skipping a lot of tracks) - it's more a series of highlights. The big highlights here being "Bootsy", "Take Me Down" and the distinctly unanthemic "Anthem". The memorable b-side "Inside" also makes an appearance in the bonus tracks.
It must be 15 years or more since I last heard "Force" - somehow having managed to miss out on buying my own copy the first (and second...on Creation) time around, and bits of it probably have dated. But now it's very much a case of "Welcome back to the Colin McCartney playlist".
Next: LTM can we please have a re-issue of "The Old and the New" and "Good Together/ACR:MCR" (provided A&M, or whoever now owns the rights to the latter, will let you have it)?