This record captures something rarely heard on the studio albums, the power of the band. Especially in the improvised, repetitive parts - they truly cut loose and SLAM. Drummer Pete DeFreitas (RIP) was the secret weapon here, the bass and drums are especially strong. The vocals and guitar are as you'd expect with Ian wobbling off-pitch when he strains, but it actually makes it better, more intense. Have to say, even with the addition of strings (not a real orchestra, just a violin and cello or two) some songs don't compare to the studio versions; The Killing Moon never quite hits the mark - it's very fast. But almost everything on here I prefer to the album/single versions - not so much reverb and 1980s production. This sounds like sitting 6 rows in front of a stage, clean, loud, clear. Love it, I keep listening over and over again. This is the definitive Bunnymen, too bad it didn't come out at the time!!