In the early 1970s everyone had their first album. They weren't as good as the Eagles, CSNY or the Beach boys. Their sound is a but muddied with the vocals too way down in the mix. The lyrics don't stand up to very much scrutiny.
And yet despite all these faults, they write fantastic melodies and easy on the ear harmonies and have an exuberance which despite all their faults leaves you with an overwhelming optimism that everything will all come right in the end. It is 1971/2 any amateur guitarist can play their songs; the sun shines everyday, no one knows about global warming, terrorism, religion or any of life's ills. America is the answer!
You can't play these songs and not feel happier and for that this box set is worth buying but when it is re-released and not at these prices. So if you can't wait buy their first three albums and make the world a sunnier place for acouple of hours.