So, Libera were to issue a 'Best Of' double CD. We were advised that it would contain a lot of their old material but with a smattering of new songs. And having checked the track listing, I noted that I had every one of their old tracks on previous purchases but I was intrigued by the new stuff. So, despite the incomprehensible ramblings of an earlier reviewer on here, I went ahead and purchased my copy.
Now, let me say first of all that this is an excellent collection. Even though a true 'Best Of' assembly would have included numbers that were recorded on their previous label, this is still impressive and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who has only recently discovered Libera. But the question for existing fans will inevitably be: "Is this a rip-off?" Well, certainly I can now dispose of my 'New Dawn', 'Free' and 'Visions' CDs since most of their content is on this collection. But, strangely, I don't feel as though I have been mugged in the way I did after buying their 'Angel Voices' album. For a start, I knew exactly what I was buying and I bought it so that I would have their new offerings: the brilliant 'You Were There', the haunting 'Mother Of God', yet another version of 'Gaudete', a remixed 'Sempiterna', 'How Can I Keep From Singing' and Steven Geraghty's brilliant production of 'Heaven'. Take it from me, these tracks alone are worth the price of this excellent double album. Yes, I know that some record company executive is, as we speak, relaxing in his leather-backed office chair, rubbing his hands at the thought of making a killing from recycling old material but, frankly, I don't care. I've got what I want and I'm pleased with it.
Now, does anyone want to buy a collection of second-hand Libera CDs, well used...?