Julian Cope has been making records for over 20 years now but the fact remains that his best work can be heard on the Teardrop Explodes' first album released in 1980. 'Kilimanjaro' is a very worthwhile document of the nascent early post-punk boom; it is perhaps worthier than most because of the all too rare intensity that is created allied with musicianship of the highest order. 'Sleeping Gas', 'Treason', 'Boucing Babies', 'Went Crazy' and the Top 10 UK hit 'Reward' are all perfect hook-filled nuggets driven along by energy, biting lyrics and great dexterity in terms of guitar playing and Cope's nasal vocal delivery; all tracks which register with the listener every time. 'Poppies' and 'Thief Of Baghdad' serve to remind us that they could carry off less agressive numbers with equal panache and style too. Only the final, unnecessarily extended vocal conclusion to 'When I Dream' outstays its welcome but generally this is excellent stuff.