Obviously you're not discovering Gainsbarre if you're considering this set.I've had the set many times. It's terrific. The liner/booklet which comes with it is very well done. Most CDs combine two original albums, however, the compilation is in full integrity with the original albums. It starts with the first and ends with the last, never splitting an album accross two CDs. The box set is an integral collection of Gainsbourg's albums. Starting with his formative years in jazz and French chanson, followed by his rock-opera phase (Melody nelson, L'homme a tete de choux), his anti-nazi statement album (Rock around the Bunker), the Reggae years (Aux Armes Etc, Mauvaises nouvelles des etoiles), and his later attempts at modern beats (Love on the beat) and hiphop (You're under arrest). It is the color of the Blue Gitanes which gainsbourg consummed 'till his death.