first off, boston based? the editorial review is way off. jimmy eat world hails from tempe, az. secondly, in no way was this recorded at shows or whatnot. these are demos and singles from 7" records and other out of print rarities.
with that out of the way, let me say that this is one of the best jimmy eat world records, which dosent say much, seeing as the only one i dont recommend to everyone is bleed american, which is still a pretty decent disc. this album, however, showcases much of the subtlety and intelligence that these guys can cram into their sounds, and also shows you a bit of what they used to sound like when they were pretty hugely punk and punk alone. recommended tracks include what would i say to you now, opener, spangle, untitled (which the track listing dosent list for some odd reason,) ramina, and h model.
you wont be disappointed. unless you like bad music.