Well, this collection of Nitzer Ebb singles has been on the cards for a couple of years.It finally surfaces at a time which feels apt as there is now an increasing interest in EBM (Electric Body Music) again, which can be seen in the popularity of Terence Fixmer et al.
Listening back to this stuff today it can be heard that Nitzer Ebb were godfathers of a 'heavier' style of dance music (long before the Prodigy and Chemical brothers first entered the arena). Indeed, some of the earlier material ('join in the chant', 'control i'm here') rubbed shoulders with more conventional balearic fare in Ibiza in the late 80's/early 90's.
They didn't trouble the chart compilers much in the UK (I think 'godhead' got to number 50 ) but they were massively popular in the USA ('Fun to be had' made number 2 in the US dance charts). So much so that none other than Depeche Mode invited them onto the 'Music for the Masses' tour. This 'Belief/Showtime' era was the pinnacle of their career in my opinion.
Although a strong album in it's own right, Ebbhead, which contained the yearning, orchestral tour de force 'I give to you', left Nitzer Ebb souding as if they were confused at where to go next. In fact they started to sound like bands that they themselves had influenced (Nine Inch Nails in particular!). After that, it was all down hill. 'Big Hit' in 1995 (I think the typographers missed an 'S' during the sleeve design) yielded only 1 good song (Kick it). They had veered into a sludgily unfocused, industrial mess and that was, pretty much, that.
This release could have gained 5 stars in my review if there was a little bit more 'rare' material on it (the Renegade Soundwave remix of 'Lightning Man' springs to mind) and also if some of today's dance and EBM producers had been given a chance to weave their remixing magic on these tracks.
All in all though, a fine introduction for the Nitzer Ebb novice!