I was skeptical at first about this album. I'm a huge fan of the band, and like others have said, a brand new CD would have been excellent. "A Best of Us...For The Rest of Us" is a great CD, no doubt about it.
First off, 36 tracks! That's 3 times as many tracks you'd typically see on a CD. The amount of content for the price is unbeatable. If you're about value, this album has it.
The music, while nothing new to any long time fans, this CD has really breathed new life into old favorites. While they may lack a bit of the scratchy character the JIVE recordings had, these new re-recordings more than make up for it. The band has grown in talent, and it shows. The vocals are great, the horns are snappy, Barrett (who is terribly underrated) wails on the guitar, incorporating some new and modified riffs from live shows. Purists may not be so fond of these recordings, but I enjoyed listening to old favorites with the new crispness and clarity.
The Skacoustic bonus CD, is great. I'd have paid the $10 for this itself. These acoustic re-imaginings of many favorites sound great. Very chill, very fun, and who doesn't love to hear a new spin on something they already enjoy?
Bottom line, if you're a Reel Big Fish fan, grab this CD set. I doubt you'll be disappointed.