Former Prisoners & Prime Movers cohorts The Solarflares had further distilled the myriad pleasures of hard/edged, soulful 60s beat/psych, powerhouse guitar&organ instrumentals, and world class *but never wanky( riffage into a classy package, replete with memorable, groove/heavy tunes with knockout harmonies and that big, bad beat. It-s fair to say that messrs Graham Day *guitar, vocals(, Allan Crockford *bass, vocals(, Wolf Howard *drums, vocals( and, latterly, Parsley *organ, vocals( deserve more acclaim, even from diehard fans of The Prisoners and their many other combos, which is where this reissue come in. @That was Then. and so is This@, their sophomore set, came out on Twist in 2000 and features less gloriously distorto production but don-t let that fool ya into thinking it-s a slouch / no sir. The album-s expanded, richer and more defined *dare I say, cinematic_( sonic palette encompasses kinetic acoustic riffery *@Miles Away@(, fuzztastic beaters *@Sucking Out My Insides@( and the obvs Gerry Anderson/inspired *@Angel Interceptor@( / tis a stone pleasure, indeed!