talisman are relatively new to me, so i'm not claiming myself a hardcore follower, yet. but on the evidence of this release, i will be from now on. the best thing i can say about this album is that it could have been recorded anytime from 1979 till yesterday, it is both fresh and traditional in it's approach. 6 new tracks followed by 6 dubs/versions in chronological order is the format. the songs are strong and varied, 'hey yout'' being an initial standout (an ideal single). variety is also true of the dub tracks, many differing ideas utilised. on the whole this is an excellent release, and a superb example of the ongoing power of uk reggae.