Led by multi-instrumentalist Dick Witts, The Passage were one of the most uncompromising of bands whose lyrics of a frequently sexual nature made them a largely alternative act. The production quality of the songs on this collection varies from 4-track recordings like 'Fear' and 'A Certain Way To Go' to the bona fide commercial sheen of 'Devils And Angels'. Moods contrasted too; it's hard to believe that Witts wrote both the bright and brash 'Xoyo' and the doomy, menacing 'Armour' and 'A Good And Useful Life'. As if proof were needed for their influence the ubiquitous Moby sampled 'Drugface' and it's this track and 'Angleland' which rank as their best work. Witts's self effacing sleeve notes - however brief - are well worth a read ("...if the Beatles and The Beach Boys could conjure rich soundworlds from 4-tracks, so could we, unaware that it wasn't simply a matter of resources but time spent with them, too"). The Passage left an inconsistent legacy but 'Seedy' recognises that, despite their foibles, they are still capable of making a lasting impression.