While this may seem like a simple re-release of Vital Idol or a greatest hits compilation (which it really is), this compilation has a few new highlights. Instead of the Mother of Mercy mix of To Be a Lover (which was on the original re-release of Vital Idol), the alternate 12" mix called the "Rock n Roll Mix" is included. Instead of the 'remix-fix' (aka: rub a dub dub) of Catch my Fall, we get the Special Remix, which is simply a slight remix of the album version without all the heavy pulsing synth bass from the remix fix. The "hunglikeapony" mix of Mony Mony is included instead of the downtown mix. Hot in the City is slightly different than the Vital Idol version in that it fades out instead of coming to a cold end, and therefore runs about 10 seconds longer.
Adding to the collection to make it more a greatest hits than a 12" mix compilation, there are album length versions of eyes without a face, rebel yell, LA Woman, and sweet sixteen. PLUS, instead of the album version of Cradle of Love, we get the Cradle of Dub (which has vocals, but is missing the kickin' meat of the music), and the meltdown mix of don't need a gun, as compared to the longer "beyond meltdown mix", which can be found on the various artists compilation so80s 2.
If I'm disappointed in anything about this collection, it's that Blank & Jones didn't 'fix' the 12" version of White Wedding and re-edit it (like they did with tracks on the Culture Club compilation) to include the verse from the album version that is missing from the extended version. Also note that it says in the liner notes that Catch My Fall and Don't Need a Gun are both vinyl transfers, which I assume means they couldn't find the original masters. But it still sounds pristine.
1 Dancing With Myself (Uptown Mix) 5:59
2 Rebel Yell (LP Version) 4:48
3 To Be A Lover (Rock 'N' Roll Mix) 7:13
4 Eyes Without A Face (LP Version) 4:58
5 Hot In The City (Extended Version) 5:20
6 Catch My Fall (Special Remix) 3:43
7 White Wedding - Parts 1 & 2 (Shot Gun Mix) 8:26
8 Flesh For Fantasy (Below The Belt Mix) 7:06
9 Don't Need A Gun (Meltdown Mix) 7:05
10 Mony Mony (Hung Like A Pony Mix) 7:02
11 L.A. Woman (LP Version) 5:31
12 Cradle Of Dub (Extended Mix) 6:28
13 Sweet Sixteen (LP Version) 4:15