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A mixed bag,
This review is from: Hit (Audio CD)
One can only assume that this was compiled in the belief that most people would already have "Shaking the Tree" therefore change was required as several key tracks from the earlier "Best of" release are left off what is now called the "definitive" collection .......for now no doubt.
The two discs undoubtedly have their high points but the collection is certainly eclectic and in my view includes too many gimmicky tracks - for example off OVO and the one-off albums that simply cannot - by a long way - be called the best tracks Gabriel has written. Oddly the European version of this album includes "Family and the Fishing Net" and "I don't remember", which I would have much prefered to be on the UK version, together with something off "Plays Live", which has to be PG's best collection of tracks released and most of which easily surpass the studio versions. "Family Snapshot" off that album would have been my choice here.
Although my criticism of "Shaking the Tree" was that there was simply too much off "So" given its single disc format surely "In your eyes" ought to feature on any genuinely definitive collection. One further gripe is that the original version of "Here Comes the Flood" off PG1, which is infinitely superior to the solo piano version from "Shaking the Tree"included again here, seems to have been permanently discarded. The inclusion of "A different Drum" instead of "Zaar" from "Passion" is, however, to be applauded.
The major plus points of this collection are the amount of material included for the price and the first rate sound quality of all the material - DIY excepted which no amount of studio trickery will prevent from being murky.
Maybe the fans should choose the tracks next time rather than the record company.