Hardcore fans will argue that there's little point in this collection, as Warner issued in 1998 a longer best-of that—in its earliest version—carried an extra disc of bonus tracks.

Hardcore fans will argue that there's little point in this collection, as Warner issued in 1998 a longer best-of that—in its earliest version—carried an extra disc of bonus tracks. Yet those discovering the band with this disc, or mild fans simply using it to get nostalgic, may be taken aback momentarily by what they hear. Five years since Faith No More disbanded and—believe it or not—14 since the release of its breakthrough, The Real Thing, a number of these songs—especially the thrilling "A Small Victory" and "Midlife Crisis," from the 1992 disc, Angel Dust—are as exhilarating as ever. The accompanying booklet is top-notch and wisely gives original frontman Chuck Mosely his due. The original, Mosely-sung, pseudo-punk version of "We Care a Lot" is an early highlight that blares the hunger of a young, driven band, one that scribe Paul Gargano rightly notes in the booklet would have a tremendous impact on its successors. Drawing from the band's arguably disappointing later albums, the final third of the disc falters. But, all and all, the set bolsters the band's legacy, reminding us not to overlook its influence.—WO

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