The original vinyl version of this was stunning and a must have. The reissues have been very good but have tended to substitute in favoured or classic tracks like Louie Louie rather than the original track listing. The boxed set included the original tracks and a great deal more but somehow, despite the inclusions of many classics not on the original, like Love for example, it lost some impact. It was too much of a good thing if you like.
Now, here for the first time in several years is a reissue that is both beautifully packaged (albeit that you'll need a magnifying glass for the inside of the gatefold) and does no more or less than reproduce the original on CD in mini gatefold and at a ludicrously cheap price. As such it makes a fantastic artyfact in its' own right. However, it's the music that's the real revelation.
This is a classic compilation. It has highs and lows, something for everyone and the real status of being an iconic, important historical artyfact (sorry, I have to keep using their spelling) , however, unlike many influential records, its' biggest asset is that it has the music in spades. It's corny, hard, soft, tacky and obscure. Fundamentally it's a record no collection should be without. It's not perfect. Everybody will have at least one track or more that they hate but they'll also have at least half a dozen tracks that lead them to explore new musical avenues and a lifetime of pleasure.