'So, what do you get on MSPs NATIONAL TREASURES?' I hear you cry.
Well, the standard edition contains 2 CDs, CD 1 (77:27) covers the years up to 1996 from MOTOWN JUNK but excludes the original YOU LOVE US in favour of the re-recorded version, CD 2 (75:24) brings you bang up to date with THIS IS THE DAY as the last track.
The DELUXE VERSION also contains a region 0 DVD that runs a whopping 2 hours and 40 minutes and includes all 38 videos plus the original YOU LOVE US, an alternate AUTUMNSONG with the 2 girls dressed as an angel and devil and a promo for JACKIE COLLINS... which has the current MSP intercut with snippets of Richey mainly from the Astoria '92 show that was used in the SLASH'N'BURN video. The packaging for the DELUXE VERSION is the paperback sized format that the most 2 recent MSP CDs have been available in and contains some beautiful photographs of MSP with and without Richey, the only issue with this packaging is that it tends to mark the CDs, my tip is to take them out and either stick them in a jewel case or burn your own copy.
The songs run in chronological order and for this reason the CD is superior to FOREVER DELAYED which felt pretty slapdash to my ears and if my memory serves me right it contained the radio edit version of MOTORCYCLE EMPTINESS but NATIONAL TREASURES contains the full glorious 6 minute version.
To review the music contained on these CDs seems arbitrary, I mean, if you've got this far in the review and have never heard FASTER or A DESIGN FOR LIFE then I doubt I can convince you that they were better than anything the likes of Oasis or Blur recorded with mere words but if you've got this far in the review and are contemplating buying this, all I can say is buy it as it really is astoundingly good.
Is it the worth the extra fiver for the DVD? I'd say so.