A nice package comprising the two Music of Quality Albums, plus bonus tracks mainly instrumentals, plus Music for Stowaways and a preview of the next album 'Dark'. Also includes facsimiles of the single covers plus a nice poster. Although a big Heaven 17 fan I had not previously heard much of this material an I was pleasantly surprised by the majority of this collection. Volume 1 is the stand out set as it presents a variety of music given the 'electronic' treatment. Ball of Confusion, There's a Ghost in my house and Wichita Lineman are the highlights. Volume 2 is too 'soulful' for my liking as it is not personally my favourite genre of music. However, you would have to be very hard hearted not to be moved by the Green Gartside version of I don't know why I love you but I do.
I was looking forward to the Music for Stowaways album the most, some of the instrumentals are of their time and could be regarded as simplistic and repetitive now. Decline of the West and Honeymoon in New York are classics, but I was shocked by the very crude edit of Decline of the West - how did that make it on to the final release? Disappointing - although it is available in its full glory on the remastered Penthouse and Pavement. 'Smalltown Boy' plus the new material featured in the recent Roundhouse Gigs suggest that the new album might be worth checking out when it is released in Spring 2012.
Overall a bit of a mixed bag -excellent packaging, some stand out tracks, but the 'Decline' edit is inexcusable.