Polydor's Rock Legends
collects 15 tracks from proto-punk icons the Velvet Underground
, touching on each of the band's four classic albums. A single-disc VU
anthology such as this has been attempted before, most notably in 2006 on the 18-track Very Best of the Velvet Underground
. Both collections are nearly identical, with the latter winning out simply for sheer volume, but pale in comparison to the reissued versions of the four original studio recordings. Listeners looking to bypass that route and stick with a "one-off" compilation should check out 2005's Chronicles
, both of which rely on two discs to tell their stories.