They say you should never go back because it often leads to disappointment. Well, in this case they (whoever they are!) are wrong! It has been many years since I had last heard this album, my copy vanishing during a house move. I have my suspicions, but I digress. Anyway, with the release of this re-mastered version it was just too good to miss.
And it has been well worth the wait. All the elements that grew into the later Hillage solo albums and, yes, even System 7, are here in embryonic form, but there is nothing embryonic about Steve's guitar playing. It's tight yet free-flowing, even joyous. The other members of the band shouldn't be overlooked though. Nick Greenwood (bass), Eric Peachey (drums) and Dave Stewart (keyboards) all play their part, and the production is first-class. A lot of current bands could learn a thing or two from this album.
One final comment. Where has "Break the Chains" being hiding all these years? What a little gem! I haven't bought a single in years, but if this was released I'd have to buy it! How about it Decca?