I thought this album was great as well as all their other ones. However, as for a summary of all their past work, I'm not sure it shows all of the best tracks by Nightwish. I of course know all the songs on here, but felt no need to buy the album since I have all of their cds. I think though, if you don't have all of their past cds, this is a great sampler of all the past work they have done. The part I don't get is, why do they call the cd "tales from the elvenpath" when they don't even have that song on here? Anyways, great cd, and I highly recommend.