The Sony / BMG 'Original Album Classics' series is pretty good value for money - I have purchased several of 'em, and, considering some of these albums are shortly to be reissued individually (at a couple of quid less for each album than for all five that are contained here), are worth acquiring. Whilst the albums contained in this set, from the period 1981 through to 1986, are arguably not essential Lou Reed albums - he'd come back strongly at the end of the decade with his 'New York' set - there is more than enough good music contained on this collection to make the outlay worthwhile. 'The Blue Mask' was regarded at the time of its original release as a powerful work, and the best he'd done in several years, and it certainly bears up to contemporary scrutiny. The stripped back sound of guitar, bass and drums, and the lyrical focus are intact, even if Reed is vocally no Pavarotti, but compared to the previous album, 'Growing Up In Public', its a far more focused and direct affair. I've written eleswhere on Amazon in praise of the 'Live In Italy' album, which features his great early 80's band with the late Robert Quine on guitar, and this is here, in it's original sleeve (not a gatefold, mind). 'New Sensations' does feature the really rather joyous 'I Love You Suzanne', an attempt at writing a straight ahead pop song that actually works quite well, and there are several other highlights. Sure, there's no liner notes, but if you can live without such (useful) window-dressing, this is well worth investing in. I bought this, the Harry Nilsson, Kris Kristofferson and Jeff Beck sets, and none disappoint.