Theatre of Hate were still to complete their second album when they split up, shortly before Christmas 1982. But rough desk mixes of each of the songs were already circulating around the band's fan club, leaking out from who knows where, and it was clear to all that the record would have been amazing...had it only been completed. In the event, the record was not lost; its best material promptly reappeared in the repertoire of Kirk Brandon's next outfit, Spear of Destiny, and, when that band came to release its debut album, Grapes of Wrath, it was astounding just how close to the earlier versions the finished record would sound. Still, the release of those original desk mixes was a cause for major celebration, not only because they finally closed the book on Theatre of Hate's mad, mercurial, and so sadly truncated career, but because they also proved just how seamless the transition to Spear really was. The second disc in this package is another of the live recordings that Brandon had been stockpiling over the years, and what a joy it is -- the original He Who Dares Wins official bootleg, recorded in Leeds at the height of the then-unrecorded band's fame, and pushed out to try to stem the sale of the multitude of bootlegs that were the band's only document.
AllMusic Review by Dave Thompson
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2