After their eponymous, and now equally as scarce as this, record, DM returns with a bit brighter sound. This reminds me a lot of Led Zep III. Not in the sound but in the attitude--a band stretching out past the heavier delivery to find melody and tension and release in softer textures. This is a strong album, and although many of its best songs (as from their debut) can be found on the live "Got Live" CD that follows, their studio versions work well.
What jumps out for me most is the improved vocals; much less wavering and much more confident. It may simply be the mix, and I sense some improvement's definitely occurred in the production and maybe the time spent in the studio for take 2. But, this is --perhaps just through more experience playing together--a selection of tracks with greater range in style and moods. I'd only purchase this, considering the difficulty now obtaining HFTH, after the later CDs have been collected and approved by you.
This is not where I started with the band, but if you're a committed fan, then it's certainly worth it for completists. Otherwise, the live album will probably work just fine. (I worked back from Feathers to Shivering King, made sure I liked the band, then went to find the live and then these early and rare first two records. An effort I'd do for few bands, I assure you.)