Now this is truly a crapload of crap. It’s got the fish-or-fowl problem of many boxsets, in that it lodges a ‘greatest hits’ selection that no fan really needs, in the midst of a huge pile of demos and out-takes that any casual listener would run away from screaming.
Out of the 60 songs here, about a quarter are taken straight from the band's various albums, which is a bit of a copout in my book. But I’ll let that slide.
The remaining 2 hours or so of music is primarily demos and out-takes of well-known album tracks, ranging - as might be expected - from interesting to not-very-interesting.
But the real secret stash here is a small handful of never-before-released songs and excellent rip-roaring live tracks. In particular, the band really nails “Snowman” at a 1982 London concert.
Other highlights include lost Skylarking
demos “Terrorism” and “Let’s Make a Den”, and a pair of Barry Andrews-penned Go2
out-takes, “Us Being Us” and “Things Fall to Bits”, which were sadly shelved thanks to Partridge’s clashes with his keyboard player.
Is the set worth $50 or whatever you pay for it? Probably not. Boxsets are generally just a ripoff. There's definitely some worthy material on here though, and of course you get a huge booklet with photos and band commentary and things of that nature.
by Reviewer: S M Hellebore