This CD has made me realize all that is both good and bad about remixes. I'm definitely a fan of Zero7. I think that "Simple Things" is probably one of my five favorite recordings, ever. After falling in love with "Simple Things", I was so infatuated with the sound of Zero7 that I went out and bought "Another Late Night". While it's completely different from "Simple Things", I still enjoy it very much.
When I read that they were releasing a compilation CD of remixes from "Simple Things", I could hardly wait until it was released. On my first listening, I was really quite disappointed. Compared to the original versions, I found these remixes to be quite uninspired. A lot of it sounds like typical dance club fare, where the original versions are truly beautiful music. Then I realized that remixes are really another musician's concept of a song. That realization helped me to figure why I loved Zero7's remixes of other people's songs, but why I really wasn't too fond of other people remixing their songs.
While I respect the remixers featured on this CD for their own work, I feel that some music lends itself to remixing more than other music does. Take, for example, M People. Their music is great remixed, and in many cases, better so than in the original form. Heather Small's voice is incredible, but the actual music behind M People wasn't anything to write home about. "Simple Things", however, is already pretty much perfect by itself. It would take an absolutely genius remixer to improve on it at all. And not just a remixer, but an incredibly talented musician. I don't think that this music lends itself to remixing, because it really doesn't need it, and it would be very hard to make a remix that isn't out-shined by the original.
Finally having a higher resolution version of the video for "Destiny" than is available online is a nice thing. For fans of that video, it's almost worth the price of the CD alone. Unfortunately, for Mac OS X users who don't want to launch Classic, you have to do a little snooping around on the CD, in order to view the video in QuickTime Player.
I do think that I got my money's worth out of this CD, but it's not the type of thing I'd have a strong desire to listen to regularly. After owning "Simple Things" for almost a year, I still listen to the entire CD all the way through, several times per month, and when I listen to it, I usually have the urge to play it again. That is one thing I can't say about this CD.