There have been numerous Elvis Costello compilations, but this new release focuses on the most fertile period of his career, the first ten years. Mr. Costello's first four albums, My Aim Is True, This Years Model, Armed Forces & Get Happy are virtual greatest hits albums themselves. After a brief detour into country covers on Almost, he came back with the stellar Trust & Imperial Bedroom albums. Of course no one could keep up that blinding of a pace and subsequent albums that fall into this period, Punch The Clock, Goodbye Cruel World, King Of America & Blood & Chocolate aren't as strong, but do contain some first rate material. The songs have all been dissected before and fans of Mr. Costello own these songs probably in multiple formats, but if you want an introduction into some the finest and most creative music of the late 70's and 80's, then this album should be in your collection.