Allmusic derided the first three tracks, referring to "The Kettle" and "Butty's Blues" as, "tarted-up 12-bar blues", and claiming that "Elegy" was beyond James Litherland's abilities as a vocalist. They were more approving of the rest of the album, and described Dave Greenslade's solo on "The Valentyne Suite" as, "something to offer a challenge to vintage Keith Emerson, but with swing." They were critical of Litherland and Reeves's playing on the song, however, and concluded, "In retrospect this might not quite the classic it seemed at the time, but it remains listenable..."
"The Kettle" (Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jon Hiseman) – 4:28
"Elegy" (James Litherland) – 3:14
"Butty's Blues" (Litherland) – 6:46
"The Machine Demands a Sacrifice" (Litherland, Heckstall-Smith, Pete Brown, Hiseman) – 3:53
"Valentyne Suite Theme One: January's Search" (Dave Greenslade) – 6:25
"Valentyne Suite Theme Two: February's Valentyne" (Greenslade) – 3:33
"Valentyne Suite Theme Three: The Grass is Always Greener" (Heckstall-Smith, Hiseman) – 6:55
Valentyne Suite was originally written with "Beware the Ides of March" as the final movement, but since "Beware the Ides of March" had already been released in the UK on Those Who Are About to Die Salute You, "The Grass is Always Greener" was substituted for the final movement in the UK release. Compact Disc issues of the suite follow the track listing of the UK release.