whilst i agree that the title is a little misleading, i bought this album a couple of years ago having been a fan for several years and already owning most of the albums from the `classic period' such as `safe as milk', `trout mask replica', `clear spot' and `lick my decals off baby' (not available on cd in this country but well worth tracking down a vinyl copy- it's musically similar to trout mask replica but without all the weird `field recordings' - making it in some ways more coherent and listenable than the former to my ears). But back to the point. If like me you own those albums and wish to further explore the weird and wonderful world of the captain but don't have the immediate funds to buy all the albums, this gives a reasonable overview of the later albums, generally drawing 2 or 3 songs from each, along with a couple of early numbers. Whilst probably nowhere near essential to the true connoisseur, I think that there's enough good stuff here to make it a worthwhile purchase. Songs such as `gimme dat harp boy', `party of special things to do', floppy boot stomp', `run paint run' and `hot head' all have enough of that growly, swampy, bluesy thing going on that most fans should appreciate.
Not essential then and not necessarily recommended as a first introduction either - I would try `clear spot' or `safe as milk' for that, but nonetheless a good value addition to fill in some gaps in your collection and which may help to point the way for buying the full albums.