This set seems to be a deliberate cash grab for a few reasons. First, the box itself is very thin and flimsy. Would it have been too much to pad it a bit? Secondly, the included t-shirt probably increases the price by $15-25, and the design of it is incredibly lazy and ugly. Why include it if not as an excuse to raise the price? Finally, the albums and EP are remastered, but they're old remasters. I suspect that the content of this box set was planned, or at least considered, to be released nearly 10 years ago when Abkco released Retrospective in 2004. All songs included on that compilation from 1964-1966 (tracks 1-12) are from the same masters used for this box set. The same sound, the same volume and they're also in mono. The liner notes of this box do not offer any information about that issue, but I'm pretty certain that they're at least 10 years old at this point. The sound doesn't lie.
This box set only includes 4 of the 5 U.S. mono albums from 1964-1966 -- The Animals, The Animals on Tour, Animal Tracks and Animalization -- with the early Graphic Sound EP from 1963 as a bonus (included as a separate disc with the self-titled album). As the title of the box set indicates, it is supposedly limited to the Mickie Most-produced albums. However, Animalization was produced by Tom Wilson. What's even more annoying about that is that they could have left Mickie Most out of the title and included the final album from their classic period, Animalism, which is also produced by Tom Wilson. That would have made this a complete set of the 1964-1966 U.S. albums. As it is, this box is not limited to the Mickie Most-produced albums as it states, and it's not all 5 of the U.S. albums from the classic period.
The albums are of the original contents with bonus tracks of non-album singles and inessential alternate versions added. The booklets provide the original front and back covers from the original LP's, session information, chart positions and notes written by Rolling Stone magazine's David Fricke in May/Oct. 2013. The sound quality is improved from older CD issues, but do not expect the pristine sound of The Beatles stereo/mono boxes or the Bob Dylan and Miles Davis mono boxes.
In the end, I have to give this set 3 stars for the presentation, ridiculous price and the misleading title.
4 stars for the music.
Casual fans should stick to the compilations.