This is my favourite all-time League album, after risking it on cassette shortly after Dare surfaced and won me over. Unlike the more obtuse Reproduction this album has an eye on commercial success as well as it's tongue in cheek! Maybe a few too many covers for everyone's taste at the time, the sounds created here wrap themselves around Phil's odd yet intriguing lyrics. Practically any League fan knows both versions of Being Boiled, and this album features the proper Stereo re-recorded one (not the stereo-reverbed revamp of the classic mono Fast Version).
This remaster is very welcome, and generally brings the tracks to life compared to the 1990 CD issue. It does occasionally reveal flaws in the source ofcourse (some nasty distortion on chimes in "Toyota City", the odd click or two in "Black Hit") but these are minor. Most of the bonus tracks have remastered brilliantly, including extra hihats in Rock-n-Roll that I'd not really picked up on before. Interestingly the remaster has removed the high-pitched (earth?) noise evident in intro to "Black Hit", which makes you wonder what else may have been cleaned off that track as a result! Why 4 stars? The artwork is not as good as the original CD, seems slightly faded with white edge on the black frame, and worst of all the inner tray lining has adverts for the back catalogue (whilst Reproduction reissue doesn't resort to this tacky insert). This slightly spoils the overall presentation, but hey, it's a bargain and a classic!