I was disappointed to find that there were no tracks added to the CD version of `The Collection'. The CD only lasts fifty-seven minutes, so it's not as if there was no room. The original LP came with a second disc with forty-two minutes of remixes, so you would have thought they might have filled some of the space with some of those. Nor has the question mark about the eventual chart position of `Love's Great Adventure' been changed.
What else can I moan about? Well, the segue into `Vienna' is appalling. `Vienna' should never be preceded by a fade out, as here; rather, this classic track should have been preceded by a song that suddenly stops dead in its tracks, such as `All Stood Still'. My final complaint is that this `best of' set ends with `Lament', not a song to end such a collection; rather, it should end on a high, such as `Hymn'. Finally, the twelve pages of sleevenotes, instead of setting out a refreshing and objective appraisal of the group's influence, wholly consist of photographs.
So, after all this moaning, why bother buying the CD at all? Because of the music, of course: there are at least four songs here worthy of five stars - `The Thin Wall', `The Voice', `Vienna', and `One Small Day' - and not one of the remaining ten is duff. At the end of the day, it's the music that counts.