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on 24 October 2013
As a collection this is great value gathering together six Rats albums along with a lot of bonus tracks giving you 88 tracks on your cloud player, including Neon Heart from the Peel Sessions which you cannot get directly.
However, it does betray its budget origins. These are the same remasters from 2005 with the same harsher sound, reordered track listing, wobble at the start of I Can Make It If You Can, a speedy misspelt Joey's on the Streets(sic) Again, and a photograph containing Gerry Cott on V Deep, which was V (five) for numerous reasons including his departure making them a five piece.
Personally I would prefer the original albums with the original track order without the bonus tracks, but there are some gems in the bonus tracks, particularly the 1975 demo sessions and the afore mentioned Neon Heart, so that is a minor quibble.
The box itself is a handy container, but the cardboard gatefolds, particularly the photographs when opened are not very good. Simple square facsimiles of the original albums with inserts would have been better. If they had to have a gatefold for cost reasons then the photos should have been replaced with the original album inserts or in the case of Mondo Bongo, the free poster, when opened.
If you never got around to buying all the remastered CDs in 2005, then it is a great purchase and an opportunity to listen to more of the Rats than I Don't Like Mondays.