This is the third time I've bought this title, yet each listen feels like the first time. It's such a great record, I'm almost speechless. What is so fascinating about Nelson is that you can clearly hear him developing over each recording, adding more and more, and simply getting better. Oh for the late 70's, huh?
So rather than comment too much on music that will well known to many, what about this release? Well, first things is first - the sound. I'd say this sounds like a ne remaster, with a similar sheen to the recently remastered Be Bop Deluxe albums, but perhaps my ears are lying, because the booklet credits the "1999 Remaster". Nowhere does it suggest this is a newly mastered release - and I guess they would make a big deal if it had been. So there you go, it's the 1999 disc for the main body of work.
However, what is new is all the bonus stuff. The jewels are the four tracks from the BBC, which are simply great. They're worth the price of admission alone. Add in the more Ska influenced B Sides, and you have a lot of "new" stuff to savour. It's all worthy.
Finally, the booklet. It's an 8 page affair, with a long(ish) article from Julian Cope (actually an excerpt from a book he's written). It's a fun read, with lots of kudos from the Arch Druid. No lyrics this time around, but we do get some new stills from the time, including the band in the suits they wore of Old Grey Whistle Test and additional ones in the session used for the original back cover.
Talking of covers - they're made a slight change to the original. Not so sure about that, but it does serve to make this stand out from previous editions.
Look - this music is great. They're gone the extra mile with the bonus material - so they got my money. No regrets, and in fact I'm over the moon. Wonder if I'll ever have to buy this again?