Yes they are back, with this brilliant 20 track retrospective culled from their four original albums. The re-mastering of the tracks is even better than on the recent Dramatico albums re-releases earlier in the year, they have never sounded so crisp and clear. It inevitably leads with the best known track "Remember You're A Womble" and gives us the hits of 1974 / 75 such as "Banana Rock", "Minuetto Allegretto", "Wombling White Tie And Tails", the iconic theme tune "The Wombling Song" and of course "Wombling Merry Christmas". Mike Batt's strength in writing and producing the Wombles catalogue was his spot on pastiches of many musical styles so we get "The Orinoco Kid" as a tribute to the Spaghetti Western movies, a James Bond homage "To Wimbledon With Love", accapella harmonies "Down At The Barber Shop" and the amazing Oriental flavoured rocker "Invitation To The Ping Pong Ball" which for my money equals "Remember" for catchiness and is indeed the hit single they should have had if only CBS had had the confidence to release it as a 7 inch vinyl back in the day. Nice to see Mike Batt picking out a few tracks from the Wombles debut album on here too, he has always criticised it's production values because it didn't have the budget of the later three albums. However, time is a great leveller and in fact these songs stand proud with all the others on this collection as brilliantly inspired pop masterpieces. A re-evaluation of The Wombles output has been long in coming but with their critical success at Glastonbury and a new generation tapping into the sheer exhuberance of the pop vibe, The W Factor is sure to be heard blaring out of many a house over the coming months.