As the proud owner of the Youth's complete back catalogue I'm all to aware of just how innaccessible some of their work can be to the untrained ear. For bands such as this, compilations can serve as excellent introducuctions and showcase them at their best, and more importantly their most accessible. The opening tracks from 'Daydream Nation' are all excellent, especially 'Teenage Riot', but where is the brillant 'Cross the Breeze'? Other ommissions include 'Schizzophrenia' and 'Catholic Block' from the 'Sister' album, 'The World Looks Red' from 'Confusion is Sex' and 'Tom Violence' from 'Evol'.
That said, if you only want to buy one Sonic Youth album, this is by far the best bet, but if you can stretch your budget a little try buying 'Sister' and 'Daydream Nation' instead, both albums serve as excellent introductions to the band!