Disc 1 of this compilation is a pretty good introduction to the band, though you have to wonder at some of the choices. Unsurprisingly, all five singles from “Sixteen Stone” are included, as are “The Science of Things”‘ three singles. I guess the compilers aren’t fans of “Razorblade Suitcase,” because it’s represented by a paltry two songs even though the album spawned five singles. The poorly received remix album “Deconstructed” wins three slots– space which would have been better used for album tracks like “Alien” or “Mindchanger,” or the missing “Razorblade Suitcase” singles.
The draw here for existing Bush fans is the band’s Woodstock ‘99 performance captured on disc 2. It’s a great set and Gavin is in good voice throughout, though the rest of the band sometimes gets drowned out by the screaming crowd. The highlight is probably a cover of R.E.M.’s “The One I Love.”
All in all, this package is a nice souvenir of the band’s first five years, but it could have been a lot more comprehensive.