I was a little disappointed in this collection when I first played it. I had previously only heard some of Tim Hardin's early work, with just a guitar and vocals - and I was really impressed with the raw energy in the recordings. I was hoping for more of the same, but instead I found two types of music in this Verve collection. There were a number of self penned songs, including "If I Were a Carpenter" and "Misty Roses", which of course Tim Hardin fans will love, together with a number of classic Rhythm 'n' Blues covers. The latter were performed with backing musicians featuring drums, guitar, harmonica and piano. Not a patch on the earlier acoustic guitar work, but still OK. Consequently, I'm now skipping these tracks and paying more attention to his self-penned work. I don't like them all, but the more I listen, the more I have to agree with the positive reviews here - he really was a great singer-songwriter. It's a collection I'm learning to enjoy.