Sorry, but i'm going to be a bit harsh in my judgment for this one. (I'm torn between a three and a four star rating.) Even though i have this DOUBLE cd compilation, and wouldn't dream of off-loading it, there's something a bit disappointing with the track selections. It's not too much of a problem, for me, because it complements my "Can You Dig It?" deluxe double rather well. I'm unsure, however, if this is THE best one-stop compilation available, in spite of the content being perfectly okay. Another slight disappointment is the total running time of just over two hours. Once again, there was room for a whole lot more!
The upside with this set is that virtually everything is presented in an unedited form. ("Do Your Thing", "Joy" and "I Stand Accused" are the main exceptions.) Whilst this means that purchasers get all twelve minutes of "Walk On By", all eleven-plus minutes of "The Look Of Love" and all eighteen and three-quarter minutes of "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", it also means that there's a total of only twenty-one selections. And that's including the two-minute "Ike's Rap 2" introduction and a one-minute "Black Moses (radio ad)" as two of those selections.
However, there are also a lot of other great tracks. The fabulous "Ike's Mood 1", a super version of "Feel Like Making Love", the full-length "Disco Connection", the ubiquitous "Theme From Shaft", the funky "Good Love 69969" and the lush majesty of "Part-Time Love". Far from being a bad compilation, by any stretch of the imagination, but i feel that this set needed just a little rejigging. For this reason, customers may wish to compare the contents with the aforementioned "Can You Dig It?", which is possibly a better one-stop compilation. (Although it uses far more edited versions.)