Well worth the purchase if this item is still missing from your collection. Yes, the more well known Only Ones classics are contained within the first two albums, but there's no shortage of gems here - mostly overlooked at the time, probably due to being the 3rd album in and not much in the way of commercial success up till then ; Why don't You Kill Yourself, Oh Lucinda, The Big Sleep, Trouble in the World, and not forgetting the inclusion of Pauline Murray (Penetration, The Invisible Girls) on 'Fools'. In short, it was great then....it's great now. Purchase.
Is it only me? Am I the only person who thinks this is one of the greatest albums ever made? I've loved this record since it came out, practically every song is exceptional. First, "My Way Out of Here," in which Alan Mair impersonates Peter Perrett's singing, ina song so heartfelt and moving. Of Perrett's own songs, "Oh Lucinda," the Spokky Tooth-ish "Me and My Shadow" and "Big Sleep",' the wonderfully giddy "Happy Pilgrim," the beautiful "Deadly Nightshade." Interesting that the album sequence was changed drastically for the US release, which is the one I fell in love with. Anyway, this album is due to be re-appraised someday. I'll write the damn liner notes for the Deluxe Edition.
Baby's got a gun had enough decent tunes but none of the unity from a band falling apart slowly but surely at the seams due to drugs and internal problems but there are enough bright moments to forget about what was goig on behind the scenes with songs like "The Happy Pilgrim" an upbeat song held together decently enough by Peter Perrets vocals and John Perrys soaring guitar, Alan Mairs solid bass playing and the soild foundation of Mike Kellies drumming which carries on in a decent vein of form on the sarcastically dark "Why don't you just kill yourself", the doomy gloomy "Me and my shadow",whilst "Deadly nightshade", "Strange Mouth" and "The Big Sleep" had poetic drug references behind the amthemic dark songs.
Pity it was let down by the choice of producer and behind the scenes problems that halted their rise to stardom before it began.