When I got this album I was hoping for the pure pop of their earlier work complete with full arrangements from a backing band so when I first heard it I was somewhat underwhelmed. This is just the three of them, and a very intimate evening it is. All right, there's no backing band with bells and whistles, but you do get to hear the superb musicianship of the trio instead, which is very impressive - it almost has a classical-chamber music feel. And some of the songs have birdsong in the background which really does something for me, it's all quite enchanting and lovely.
This is a very mature Slapp Happy but the versions here are quite close to the originals. The sound quality is excellent and the Japanese audience are very civilized with no talking, whistles and shouts, and only clapping between tracks.
This album has really grown on me and I now consider it to be one of their best, my only regret is that Just a Convesation isn't on it - my favourite track. If you really like Slapp Happy you should make an effort to hear it, you won't be dissapointed. By the way Peter, Anthony, and Daggi, isn't another album due.