This is an excellent starting point for the recent or casual SOS listener, as well as an important addition for those devoted long-timers – it captures both the best of their pop sensibilities, as well as the 60s lounge/jazz/Bacharach style at which they excel.
Like previous compilations, nearly half the disc includes the singles from the first 4 albums, but with the welcome addition of the Frankie Knuckles mix of NotGonnaChange.
The rest sees some highlights from the last 15 years, including the rarer single version of Waters of March (to my knowledge, only available on an Akiko CD single). For those who have everything SOS, the new Big Band version of Forever Blue is divine and the reason to purchase it.
My only disappointment with this compilation is the absence of anything from Shapes & Patterns(97), Filth & Dreams(99) and Beautiful Mess(08) – perhaps Corinne & Andy were limited to 17 tracks?
Also worth mentioning are the range of photos, album/single sleeves and liner notes – a wonderful homage to SOS through the years. Thankyou C&A!