Having got the original Japanese dble (and also the UK double-play cassette) you can guess buying this reissue on top of those indicates I rate this compilation highly, even if the 'record of two halves' is slightly lost on continuous play. "Suburban Berlin" is an interesting transition track though, relying a lot more on synths and oddly paving the way for the increased BPM 'disco' era. Even "Adolescent Sex" and "Rhodesia" sound quite good, though a far far cry from their Virgin era material.
However there are some gripes with this release, and also two different track 14's, depending upon whether you buy the digi-pack remaster or this later standard jewel case release (still remastered). Firstly, from the liner notes, and the CDr promo that popped up, this should've been a 15 track release, featuring 3 (yes 3) remixes of "Life In Tokyo" in the bonus audio tracks. However for some reason Virgin decided to scrap the rarer 6.15 mix (previously only available on the cassette or Old Gold 12"/compilation CD for us in the UK) and keep Part 1 plus the cool 1982 Extended Remix (comes in at 7.05 and is similar to 1979 12" but with bass-line revamped, sequencers lowered and solo female BVs during the break) on the digi-pack release. So what about the later 'standard' jewel case release? Hmmm, track 14 is now the 6.15 mix, albeit with about 5 seconds of the outro completely cut off (very sloppy). As this is the rarer mix this may be a bonus for some, but the track change is inexplicable in terms of a simple repackage.
Then we come onto some remastering (or maybe CD manufacturing) problems that effect the first half of Track 1, and Track 13 even worse after the break. Brief drop-outs/mistracks are clearly audible through headphones, and to be honest several other tracks only just hold onto their sonic integrity, even though they sound bright and punchy. Ofcourse this could be the source masters, but wait, "Best Of Japan" also has "Life In Tokyo - Special mix part 1", and that has no such problems, nor did "Adolescent Sex" on the mid 90s Japanese release. And ofcourse there is a full fadeout to the 6.15 remix of "Life In Tokyo", as confirmed on Old Gold's "Best of 12" Synth" compilation CD from early 90's, even if the sound there now sounds really fuzzy compared to this remaster.
Whether this change in tracklisting, and audio problems on 2 tracks, are limited to batches of the jewel case 2006 reissue is anyone's guess, but potential buyers may find this info of some help.
Still an essential album though, and generally the tracks have remastered pretty well, including the John Punter 12" version of "European Son".