it giveth and it taketh away, unfortunately! yes, a very welcome re-issue for a brilliant album (that c.b.s. threw away initially because it didn't really fit anywhere and they didn't know what to make of it!), but, as the price is already rising steadily, it would suggest it's not going to be around for long. shame.so you'll need to be quick! 'cut' is a groundbreaking record, and would easily make my top 20 albums ever. this is better but wouldn't! why would this be so? maybe because it's been so hidden, more or less, since release, subject to the very odd re-release, therefore kept in the margins. with multiple influences on show and dennis bovell again at the controls, it truly is an earth(beat)shaker of a recording, with only tenuous links to the debut - unique, inventive and compelling on the whole! we get the album in a bog standard jewel case, there are no extras, although there are dub versions and extended mixes to be had, and to top that, the w.m.p. wouldn't acknowledge it's existence, triggering much typing and cutting and pasting! no matter, i am delighted to finally (i listened to my mate's copy at the time of release) own a copy of this magnificent album, have wanted one for years, not willing to pay out silly money, which, as noted above, is likely now to repeat! 'earthbeat' infectiously and joyously kicks things off (the non appearing extended version is killer too), on what would have been side 1 (there is a suitably bizarre, new romantic type video with horses etc, that accompanied the single!), followed by a trio of superb pieces calling on all manner of genres - dub, jazz, world, etc,. check the uprising blast of melodica on 'face place', the funky eastern 'walk about' - brilliant. but, what was previously side 2 is even better, the jewel of their career starting off with 'difficult fun' with it's compelling violin motif and tessa's deep dubby bass, it's a masterpiece. ari's plaintive pleading vocal on 'animal space' almost tops that, very effective and affecting! the horns on 'improperly dressed could have dropped out of tubby's studio, and the closer 'life on earth features some great guitaring from viv, and takes a more free form form. as said, the bare bones.............but what fabulous bones!