This has been very well-designed and when you pick up the package, it's an immediately impressive item. In a great-looking box, about 8" by 8" square and 2" deep.
Inside, the 7" vinyl single sits on top with the well-illustrated 20 page booklet on the history of Acid Jazz, (the record label) and a very nice 52 page hardback book with 25 years of artwork from the label.
There is an insert underneath these items which neatly holds the 4 CDs and DVD which are the main reason for buying this package. The 4CDs are "themed" and it's not just a random choice or dateline of the label.
The first CD is all about records "discovered" by British DJs in the 1980s and played in London clubs that started the Acid Jazz "scene" before the actual label formed. This was all about old school funk and what was called R&B, the first time around.
CD 2 is about dance music that was more recent than on the first CD - more contemporary to the scene in the late 1980s. The 3rd CD is probably the best though and most representative of the actual label called Acid Jazz - this is mostly live bands like Jamiroquai, Incognito, James Taylor Quartet, Brand New Heavies, Young Disciples etc. - who played the kind of music that DJs had brought to the Acid Jazz scene. So these bands released tracks on the label and formed a genuine musical movement. Weakest CD for me, was the last one which didn't seem to fit and is dedicated to music influenced by "substances". Stangely opening with a Paul Weller instrumental.
The DVD is much better and really showcases the best artists as well as the unique visual style of the label. All in all, this is a weird and wonderful collection, which gives you an idea of a diverse and eclectic movement/record label. Apart from the actual content which is mostly excellent, the style and design of this package makes it a very desirable object in its own right and I can see this becoming a real collector's item.