There are few more invigorating sounds than the opening jazz funk guitars that usher in 'Do The Du'; even the BBC's 'Question Of Pop' show deemed it worthy of accompanying the title sequence. A Certain Ratio were amongst the first - perhaps the first - British band to incorporate the influence of black funk music into a traditionally white post-punk scene. Add to this Simon Topping's Ian Curtis impressions on vocals and the inevitable Mancunian melancholy and the result is a very important and influential body of work. Admittedly the group certainly went off the boil in the mid-80s and thereafter. Most of this compilation - as this title suggests - concentrates on the group starting out and the B-sides, Rarities and Sessions on CD2 are at least on a par with the best work on the first disc. Such incendiary noises as 'All Night Party', 'Shack Up' and 'Flight' will be familiar to most followers of the era but 'Faceless', the frenetic tribal assault on 'Blown Away' and the dubby 'Abracadabra' all translate well twenty years from their original release. Remember them this way.