Look, I acknowledge that this is yet another compilation; nothing `new' as such.
But this is Mike's personal selection - what he likes about his music and it does differ from previous offerings.
Here we have the very well known, the quite well known and a few are - by comparison, less familiar.
Yes, there are sections `Tubular Bells' - of course and the delightful `Ommadawn', but nothing from `Hergest Ridge' and `Incantations' - and I can see why, despite the fact I am very fond of the latter.
He's added a few chunks of the wonderfully mad and sublime `Amarok'
What really pleases me personally is the inclusion of the entire end section of `Crises' - that magnificent segment that builds and builds as master drummer Simon Phillips lets fly with some thunderous drumming gradually dominating the multi-layered guitar and keyboard theme. In my opinion - spectacular stuff!
This is followed by shorter pieces such as `Sentinel', `Ascension', `Supernova' and `The Tempest'; all, pleasing enough and good to hear.
Side Two features a more "vocal" approach - and this is where I feel less inclined.
The quirky and slightly silly `Guilty', kicks it off and it is a varied bunch, but Mike's choice. There are instrumental interludes, including the gentle and charming `Etude'.
I paid £8 for this and am more than happy with my purchase; it's pretty good value for money and following his performance at the awesome opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, it might prove to be a good introduction to those "new" to his work.
Tubular Bells hits 40 in 2013 and Mike hits 60! You just cannot take away the magnitude of his influence and contribution to popular music. Yes, it has, at times, been a tad patchy and erratic but - on the whole, pretty impression.
Cannot really justify 5 stars but a very worthy 4!