This is a fantastic collection that helped me fill in many of the gaps between the first 9 Pye albums by the Kinks. It contains all the A and B sides for the singles released during the same time period as those first 9 studio albums (minus 2 A sides and the corresponding B sides). There are some wonderful gems collected in this set that would otherwise be missed by the casual Kinks listener. Like many of the bands I like and admire, the Kinks have a fantastic reputation for releasing B sides that are every bit as good as their A sides. In other words, no filler material. The songs are well crafted, lyrically smart and beautifully executed. Eventually I will buy the special editions of these albums (as paychecks permit) but until then, I will happily wedge these extra songs into my album collection in Itunes, and gleefully listen to the "bonus tracks" that comprise at least half of this two disk set. The only reason I'm not giving this a 5 star rating is that the mastering of these songs is a little less than stellar. This is particularly noticeable when you listen to the A sides in comparison to the actual tracks on the albums. They are not quite as loud, bold, or spacious as the songs should be (even when the album tracks are in mono). I have deducted one point for this fact, and this alone. Otherwise, it's a great way to get to know both sides of the Kinks.