I have had the original double LP from not long after it came out. Bought it second hand and it sounded it even then - crackles, scratches on the Hawkwind side etc. However, it has always been one of my favourite live recordings. I pretty much despaired ever getting it on CD - but here it is!
On first listening, it sounded odd (and I don't mean any remixing that has gone on - that sounds OK to my uncultured ears). After over 30 years it was odd because there were extra tracks where I wasn't expecting them and odd because all the familiar hisses, pops and crackles were now gone. I have now (after several listens) got used to it - and what an excellent reissue this is.
I can still scat sing all the guitary bits of Spunk Rock (and that's all of it!), but now there is so much more. The Man set is excellent and the Hawkwind set is also great - but the revelation contained here is the Brinsleys. Their country flavoured rock was always slightly odd in the more psychedelic company of the others, but hearing the whole set really makes it slot into place. Their shorter, dancier style is a real contrast to the long guitar jams of Man and the space rock of the Hawks - but that is the disc I keep returning to at the moment. Having had some of the Brinsleys LPs over the years, I would say this is their crowning achievement. Slightly rough around the edges, good humoured and warm. Wonderful stuff.
As for Magic Michael - I don't listen to that bit, but in a perverse way this wouldn't be the same recording without him!
Of course the second Greasy Truckers record (Live at Dingwalls Dancehall) could also do with reissuing - although a lot of the music on that double LP was not that recorded on the night, but has been gathered from other sources.