There are few albums in my vinyl collection that I would bother to buy again on CD, but this is one of them. I've played it regularly since buying the LP all those years ago, and was really pleased to find that it is available on CD, and even more pleased to find that it contained extra tracks (including a langorous Know Your Enemy, which appeared on the cassette album many eons ago). The extra tracks, and the notes giving some of the background to the band, and describing what happened next, are worth the price of admission alone - as is that great cover photograph showing a Cornmarket religious ranter beside one of Belfast's then famous Cornmarket al fresco drinkers - with an apt shop sign in the background ("Options").
Listening to this indie gem for the umpteenth time over the years, I could hear strains of Subway Sect, Josef K and others - but more than that, a fairly unique talent which could only have come from Belfast - a wry wit and a sharp ear for language, softened slightly by some damn fine melodies. My only regret is that I only heard about the 2005 reunion gigs after they had happened - some of the best gigs I'd ever seen were by SVD, and I particularly remember seeing them doing a great version of "Everybody's Talking".
This is one of those albums that have given me the greatest pleasure over the intervening years since the band disappeared from view. I'll be buying a few copies for friends this xmas to let them know what they missed.