First things first, this is my favorite of the Essential selection comps.
CD1 is big beat, one or two R&B sounding tracks and then it's house music all the way.
Highlights are numerous, very numerous. But since there's no tracklisting, allow me to indulge myself.
MJ Cole - Sincere, Goldie - Believe (Groove chronicles remix), All Seeing I - Beat Goes On, Voices of Life - the word is love (Mousse t remix), Z factor - Keep on pushin. There you have it 5 exceptional tracks, 2 of which are garage (which is usually not my cup of tea), one big beat (ish) and 2 'bash the stearing wheel with your hands and mash the accelerator' house tracks. They turn this mix into a journey which is what all mixes should be. It's a very strong package - put this in your car stereo on Friday evening after work and I guarantee you will have good weekend (not an actual gurantee).
I usually prefer the housey CD1's to the trancy CD2's in this series. CD2 is just as strong in this case, and you just read me wax about CD1.
There are loads of back in the day (remember this one?) moments: Wildchild - Renegade master, Prodigy - Smack my  up, CLS - can you feel it, Da hool - Meet her at the love parade, Underworld - dark & long to name a few.
To be honest, comps with these kind of tracks aren't all that hard to find, however there's a good splash of tracks you might otherwise have never heard ,the remixes of I Refuse by Somore and where do we go by the wamdue project for example, really add to the mix as well.
This is particularly suitable for those Saturday nights/Sunday mornings/Sunday afternoons/ (getting a bit tired now) /Sunday evenings were you don't want the music to stop, I would recommend both CDs for that come to think of it.
I own alot of dance music comps, this is my favorite bar none, cheers pete, I still listen to Essential Selection Spring 1998 regularly after 13 odd years