The only difficulty with any XTC compilation is that, undoubtedly, the target audience already own the music. Unlike your average band, XTC have managed to accumulate a bizarre following of cult drones, with white labels and off cuts hoarded and boasted about like Gollum and his ring. Lets be honest: XTC were diverse, intelligent and influential but, inbetween their minor chart successes, whilst penning some amazing songs they also churned out a vast amount of garbage. I know, a thousand die-hard afficionado's are screaming "blasphemer" at me - I ought to know, I am one! So it's nice to see an album with the more familiar and tuneful songs on it. This compilation was a gift, although I admit I would have bought it because it is XTC: I have every single and other albums so I'd have to, really. But I can listen to the greats like Making Plans and Senses, have a laugh at Sergeant Rock and enjoy All You Pretty Girls without having the dross of the Homo Safari series or the bloody awful Respectable Street. If you're an XTC fan, buy it for your collection, car or background noise and admit to yourself that you don't need it but want it anyway. But if you're new, then it really is a great buy to introduce you to a band that is, in all probability, one of the most cited "influential" bands I've ever heard of. No, with age I've realised that they're not the be all and end all of music... but they're pretty damn close. Enjoy! (But don't be misled into spending 20 years tracking down every single 7" and LP like I did).