A nice collection, especially if you are a Factory Records completist, but this is such a mixed bag of dance styles, and a mixed bag as far as quality, that if you are like me, you'll be skipping some of these tracks, or lose patience trying to make it through some of the longer mixes. If you enjoy every track on here, you have broader tastes than I do. Also, some of these songs have not aged well since they were recorded in the 1980s, but on the other hand a few of these tracks still sparkle and groove, qualifying as total classics.
The first CD starts off with a bang, the classic "Looking From a Hilltop" by Section 25. This is the 8-minute "megamix" version. The first disc also has two cuts by A Certain Ratio that have held up pretty well, as well as Quando Quango's "Love Tempo." But I'm not as enchanted by some of the other tracks, and I end up skipping the one by 52nd Street (sounds like it would have been a better fit on the Tommy Boy label) and the annoying track by Blurt. The last track on Disc 1, though, "See Them A'Come" is a very hypnotic reggae/dub offering by an artist called X-O-Dus, and produced by Dennis Bovell. An odd choice, but I like it.
Both Disc 1 and Disc 2 have cuts by the always great Durutti Column, however for DC fans, these two offerings are nothing new or particularly rare. The highlights of Disc 2 include two of my very favorite Factory singles ever; "Pretenders of Love" by Shark Vegas, a tune that sounds like a great lost New Order track; and "Reach For Love" by Marcel King (produced by New Order's Bernard Sumner), which still stands as one of the best soul records of that decade. The rest of the stuff on Disc 2 ranges from mildly interesting to totally skippable.
One note; there ARE 12 tracks on each disc (Amazon lists only 11 on Disc 2). The booklet includes recording information and original release dates (I had forgotten about the excellent 1987 compilation, "Young, Popular & Sexy" that originally featured that Shark Vegas song), plus a very good essay by Mark Reeder. Not an essential purchase, but one that will bring back some good memories from those indie dance days of the 80s.