For any self respecting Van Der Graaf fan this is a "must buy" set, providing a great overview of the band. It has undoubtedly been put together for fans rather than the casual listener with four discs running in chronological order but by no means limited to the official albums.
Disc 1 includes a number of BBC sessions from 1968 to 1970, none of which were present on the 1998 "Maida Vale" collection, yet the songs are performed with great power and arguably surpass the original album versions - "Darkness (9/11)" and "Refugees" are particularly good.
Disc 2 centres around the "Pawn Hearts" era with the remastered "Plague of Lighthouse Keepers" sounding particularly good. My only criticism of the set is that three songs from Disc 2 and one from Disc 3 are rare live versions. I personally would have preferred the album, or BBC session versions to be included.
Disc 3 canters through VDGG's prolific Godbluff/Still Life period in the mid 70's and, apart from the minor gripe that certain songs have been edited, produces a classic sequence of tracks.
Disc 4 wraps things up with a generous selection from the final album of the classic line up, "World Record" and various tracks/rarities from The Quiet Zone, an LP I believe was very much under rated at the time.
All in all a very good effort, helped enormously by generous liner notes from the band and a virtual day to day chronology of the band's existence including every session recorded and concert played.