I've still got this album on vinyl and it's quite remarkable, not least for the fact that it contains versions of songs by bands that went onto become very successful, most notably Soft Cell, Blancmange and Depeche Mode. Indeed, Soft Cell's superb Girl With The Patent Leather Face is a rarity and it's here in its glory: "Two-faced baa-aaaa-by/Shiny-y-y baby!" Marc Almond sings. Blancmange contribute an early version of Sad Day which ended up on their debut album Happy Families and the version of Photographic Depeche recorded here is a lot better (and faster) than the version on Speak & Spell (in my opinion). The The's quirky untitled piece is classic pre-Uncertain Smile era Johnson and slots in nicely between Burning Blue Soul, Cold Spell Ahead and Soul Mining two years later.
You've also a few oddities like B-Movie's Moles and that "bright red surreal lipstick" whose title I can't remember. There's also a heavy Bowie influence on the lead track by Illustration as well as some quite arty stuff but it's a very good album and gives anyone new to early 80s British electronica an idea of what was going on away from the charts by bands that would soon hit them.
It's great to see this out on CD at last too.