It's easy to dismiss Roy Harper as, using his own phrase, "the loony on the bus". If you've never heard anything he's recorded, though, be prepared for a shock. Listen to "Stormcock", and discover why his contemporaries (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Dave Gilmour, Ian Anderson, Kate Bush et al) queued up to guest on his albums. The man has a wonderful talent for writing interesting, heartfelt (and heartbreaking), and sometimes aggressively beautiful songs. There are only the four on this, roughly 10 minutes each. Considering that, apart from Mr Page appearing on "Same Old Rock", it's just Roy and an acoustic guitar, these are four of the most powerful songs I've ever heard. "Hors D'Oevres" disects the critic who gave a bad review with languid efficiency; "Same Old Rock" is a savagely played flaying of organised religion; "One Man Rock'n'Roll Band" is as relevant and powerful in the age of Gulf War II as it was to Vietnam; and "Me and My Woman" is the man's journey through the women of his life, and for my money is the single finest thing he's recorded. At the time of writing (Sept 03) he is still playing these songs live, and they've lost nothing in the 30-odd years since they were written. He's made folk albums, rock albums, even dabbled in psychedelia, but has never made a better album than this. It's the sound of a man at peak performance on the guitar, on his vocals, on his songwriting. Enhance your life - buy this album.