This is the DVD Alison never wanted to release... and, looking at some of the videos here, it's not hard to see why.
Virtually ALL the early videos are pretty awful.... the clips for Invisible, All Cried Out and Love Resurrection all looking really dated, and with Alison looking less than comfortable with the whole afair.
Things pick up with the Hoodoo tracks - finding soulmates in the Douglas Brothers, the videos for the sublime This House, Hoodoo and It Won't Be Long are darker, artier and far more appealing.
Even some of the Essex-period videos are not that bad.... the Dawn French appearance in Wishing You Were Here is worth the price of the DVD alone (not forgetting Ms French AND Ms Saunders appear in the hilarious Love Letters video).
The commentary, by Alison and her manager Debbie is rib tickling stuff... her mortification over the early stuff is apparent, and she pulls no punches. Wonderful stuff from a refreshingly self deprecating lady.
It's hard listening to any of these songs now without thinking of Alison's 2003 comeback triumph album Hometime... which is undoubtedly the lady's finest work - a gorgeous collection of superbly written and produced (and of course, sung) songs... which was, for me, the standout album not only of her long career, but of the whole year. A masterpiece.
Missing from here are the Yazoo videos, which certainly would've been nice (come on, Mute, pull your finger out on that one....), but the extras are nice. Alison's rendition of Julie London standard Cry Me A River shows all the other wannabes how this song SHOULD be sung.
A long overdue collection from a wonderful talent.... this is worth having, but don't expect any revolutionary ideas with the videos...except the Douglas Brothers ones.