on 11 December 2012
Have to say I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It's an ideal replacement for having to trawl through patchy albums to find the good songs. The track selection on disc one is pretty much faultless, consisting largely of the more mellow Shadow material. The only criticism I could make is the extended mix of Midnight In A Perfect World really only detracts from what is very likely his best song.
Disc two doesn't do a bad job either, showcasing more of a range of influences with slightly more mixed results. I'm not a big rap fan and the two more straight ahead rap tracks don't do much to change that, particularly the cringeworthy David Banner one. I Gotta Rokk just isn't a very good song either, but those aside there's much to like here also; Dark Days theme being a particular standout.
To have 25 songs and only two or three duffers is quite an achievement, made more so by the fact that it makes a point of not relying too heavily on Endtroducing for the good songs. Highly recommended, especially if his later albums in their entirety aren't really your thing.