One thing I like about the remixed versions is the roughening of the edges. All of the regular studio tracks I have heard have a very finely produced, smooth feeling to them, as if they took sandpaper too them to get rid of any grit that could be left over. The remixes go back and add a little more of that stuff to the edges, mixing it into the song proper with the resulting sound being a little fuzzier. It just works. In particular "The Beginning of the End (Sad Damn Version)" and the techno'd take on "Soul on Fire (Erich Zann's Supernatural Mix)."
The remainder of the album is made up of live tracks which go a long way to showing that enigmatic charisma of frontman Ville Valo. There is something eerie about his voice, not exactly like, but he has an emotional quality that is reminiscent of Jim Morrison. I can almost see him on the stage getting taken away by the sounds of his own band as he sings. Believe it or not, this is very evident in the two cover songs included. The first cover is Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" and the other being Black Sabbath's "Hand of Doom." Both of them are strong outings that pay respect to the source material without being slavish to it, they do make it their own. Now, if only they would come to my town.
Bottomline. Not what I would recommend as an introduction to HIM, but something that longtime fans and those who have a couple of albums under their belt may wish to check out to see a different side of the band. This is a good collection, and one that is worth spending a little bit of time with, though I do prefer the albums proper.