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on 26 November 2012
Now we know why the earlier advertised "Essential Yazoo" single disc never actually materialised, someone at the record company had the good vision to make this a double set. As with the Beloved double from a year or two back, this essentially covers nearly all their album tracks ("I before E" being an obvious casualty, but that track is probably just too experimental for a 'Best Of'). As such those tracks, plus the original 12" versions selected, are all 2008 Remasters from "In Your Room". As I didn't buy that set this is a great compilation, and some of the track sequencing is inspired, as they had more material to choose from. Several slower/bluesy tracks sit adjacent, whilst the same is true of the poppier stuff.

It's nice to have the original 7" of "Situation" as track 2, as it was a single in its own right in the US, and both US 12" sides are also present here. Some of the newere remixes work better than others, but as they are all on CD2 you can choose to include or exclude at will. Some are quite challenging, like "Ode To Boy", but worth perservering with, whilst some are quite commercial. As I'd purchased the original Reconnected 12" vinyl EP it was initially a bit annoying all 4 tracks are included, but having listened to the 2CDs their inclusion is worthwhile, and I will still keep hold of the vinyl!

Quite nice liner notes, short and sweet, and a great cover image choice/treatment make this budget set very strong indeed, and great value. The inclusion of most original 12" mixes, plus b-sides like "Situation" and "State Farm", work brilliantly.

This is a great Music Club Deluxe offering, and makes up for the same label's recent Blancmange iffy sound quality.
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