After two very different versions of The Isness were released accidentally, and many, many recordings from the Isness sessions went unreleased, it was inevitable that there'd be some kind of 'definitive' version of the album. And whilst The Otherness still lacks the full uncut Galaxial Pharmaceutical and one minute funk jam Yes My Brother, it covers everything else released.
Opening with the Abbey Road versions of Elysian Feels and Mello Hippo that graced the mispressed versions of The Isness, the record is off to a good start - both versions being superior to their Isness counterparts.
Elsewhere on the record we have other partially released numbers - the brass band psychedelia of Goodbye Sky and the britpop-rock funk of Chawawah - and some completely new, unheard of tracks, including the chaotic thrash of Theram and the beautiful, slow groove trip hop of Rural Green.
The rest of the disc includes remixes - EP versions of Mello Hippo, unreleased mixes of Divinity, none of which are essential, but all are enjoyable. The most interesting tracks, however, are Chinese Whispers, a short interlude formed of samples from every track on the original Isness release and the live performance of Divinity - which adds a new edge, making the song even more touching and beautiful than the original version.
The disc is, on the whole, more electronic and less psychedelic than The Isness, but it complements the original album perfectly, and closes off this chapter of the band perfectly.