Both the jewel-box CD Edition and the hard-cover book-bound CD/DVD Editions have a previously unreleased version
of "Aniron" from "The Lord Of The Rings". The soundtrack CD had a version just over 2 minutes, and this new collection has
a recording that is about 30 seconds longer and has more of a familiar Enya studio-sound, as opposed to pure orchestral.
In the liner notes, Enya refers to it has the "previously unavailable full version". "Aniron" had never been on an
Enya album in any form.
Both editions share many of her popular hits, but there are major differences in the tracks included,
with the CD having 19 songs, and the CD on the CD/DVD edition having 22, many of them different.
Included on the regular CD, but missing from the CD portion of the CD/DVD version:
Storms In Africa, Book Of Days, The Celts, Water Shows The Hidden Heart, Cursum Perficio, Aldebaran,
A Day Without Rain, and Oiche Chiuin (Chorale).
(2 of those - The Celts and Storms In Africa - do appear in video form on the DVD)
In their place on the CD portion of the CD/DVD are 11 songs that are not on the regular CD edition,
including the beautiful Stars And Midnight Blue, Drifting, Fallen Embers, and Athair Ar Neamh.
So the 2 sets are very different in the audio portion, with the regular jewel-box CD edition
being more of a concise "greatest hits", and the CD/DVD being more in depth and featuring some less familiar
tracks along with most of the hits. The order in which the songs are presented is also completely different,
with the CD/DVD edition audio being mostly in reverse chronological order, and the CD edition being somewhat random.
The CD/DVD Edition is the very first release on DVD (in the USA) of most of Enya's videos.
The DVD also includes the documentary "Enya: A Life In Music", and "Making Of" specials about 2 of her videos,
Caribbean Blue and Only Time.
The CD/DVD packaging is excellent; a hard-cover book filled with both familiar and new photos of Enya, notes
by Enya, Roma Ryan, and Nicky Ryan, and pockets to hold the CD and DVD, housed in a glossy slipcase.
One surprising omission (from both the CD and CD/DVD versions) is the hit "Only If..."
from the CD "Paint The Sky With Stars - The Best Of Enya" (1997), which is now out-of-print in the USA.
It was also missing from the "Enya Collection" box set in 2002.
It does appear, however, in video form on the DVD.
In either edition, this is an excellent overview of Enya's incredible music to date.