i get the point that JB's rants against corporate capitalism may be a bit hypocritical. i also understand that JB has relied quite a bit on "greatest hits" collections. i own all of his releases, but none of his collections. i have chosen not to purchase any of his collections, until now.
despite all of this, i still think jimmy is the best and i did spring for this 2 CD set and i think it is pretty darn good. it has a nice representation of all of his songs. yeah sure, there are a few songs i would prefer over others, but so what? if there is a better version, of a song, that i would rather hear, i take that CD along and listen to that version.
thinking people would have to admit that JB has a much larger repetoire than most entertainers. he keeps packing people into his concerts, and they are purchasing his merchandise. yes, he has become more commercialized since the old days. he has adapted and become successful which is what most people strive to accomplish. some people might say he "sold out". what would you do, or, what have you done with your life?
i became a fan in 1978 when i purchased son of a son of a sailor. then, i went back and purchased all of his previous stuff. i still prefer anything up to, and including son of a sailor, but there are good songs on every release.
i recommend this set and any other CD of jimmy's that has your favorite version of your favorite song. i have my favorites, as well.