I owed this album on vinyl (still do, in fact) and played the daylights out of it. It was the soundtrack to my angst filled teens. And the editorial review above is spot-on: I bought the original CD, which had about 25% of the songs trimmed away, robbing the record of its soul.
This is a welcome return for the record. It is a brilliant overview of the group, capturing the band's fire as a unit and Paul Weller's skill as a composer.
The artwork faithfully restores the original LP art while beautifully augmenting it with lyrics and 7" single & LP covers (which, for fear of overreminiscing, I had on a Snap T-shirt I bought in London in '84).
The coup de grace that makes this superior to all the other Jam retrospectives is the inclusion (finally!) of the Live ep, which, to these ears, is the best live recording of The Jam available.
This is a magnificent piece for the long time fan, and a well worthwhile purchase for the novice looking to understand why Paul Weller is called The Modfather and The Godfather of Britpop, and why The Jam is one of the best bands England ever produced.