I came to Devo only recently, through the work of Mark Mothersbaugh in Wes Anderson's movies, it was upon hearing Gut Feeling during the movie 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zizzou' that I finally sought out Devo, I'm very happy I did.
Devo released albums between 1978 and 1990, this compilation chooses only to showcase the period '78-'83, which is considered their prime. the album is not chronological but it does generally put songs of the same time period together, this is a smart move since the earliest material is close to punk and their later exploits are new-wave bordering on electro.
For newcomers the CD is excellent covering all of their most popular recordings, in fact most of these were singles, in no particular order the best moments are 'Jocko Homo', 'Mongoloid', 'Girl U Want', 'Freedom of Choice', 'Be Stiff', 'That's Good'.
However, dig a little below the surface and you'll see that this CD isn't all it's cracked up to be. Foremost, the band's second album is hardly featured and a worthless remix of 'Whip It' appears to have been tacked on at the end. The new mix isn't just boring it also ditches the original track's disco drum beat in favour of a dull drum pattern serving a bunch of effect-treated vocals. Had different track listing choices been made this CD would have been a perfect platform to show Devo's experimental side, 'Smart Patrol/Mr DNA' from the group's second album is quite possibly their best song and a fan favourite, while the aforementioned 'Gut Feeling' is as good or better than anything on this disc.
Ultimately a better single disc of Devo could be made, but as an introduction this is a good place to start.