I had no idea this was released until I trolled through Amazon as I often do, just CHECKING to see if any of my favourite artists have released anything I missed. I was curious purchasing this, not really knowing what to expect, but I'm very glad I have this. There's no De La Soul fan that can be without IMPOSSIBLE: MISSION.
The album is a change of pace to what has come before, it almost plays like an anniversary album (which it might be, maybe from when the three Plug's got together?). It's like an episode of Seinfeld or The Simpsons where the characters sit back and re-run old moments from previous episodes. Except here, these moments are more like Deleted Scenes off a DVD. There's unheard tracks here from DE LA SOUL IS DEAD and BUHLOONE MIND STATE (my favourite De La album), and they're well worth the listen. Predominantly, though, there's plenty of new tracks to savour, and they have a raw, stripped sound to them in comparison to the heavily produced tunes in THE GRIND DATE.
My absolute favourite track from this CD is 'Live @ The Dugout '87, that fuses Lalo Schifrin's "The Job" theme from Mission: Impossible. I haven't been this pleased since De La sampled Yes' TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS for THE GRIND DATE.
Aside from all of this, it's great hip-hop. There's no way you'll be able to sit or stand still listening to this.