Following 1999's Return of the Killer A's and 2001's Madhouse: The Very Best of Anthrax compilations, it's mysterious as to why 2002's Collection release is absolutely necessary. While many of the songs for which Anthrax is known are present and accounted for, there are also key songs notably absent ("Among the Living" and "Caught in a Mosh" being the most prominent examples). This presents the problem of not painting an accurate portrait of the true depth of the band, but if this is of no real importance, then Collection delivers the hard rock goods. Covering the pre-John Bush Anthrax years, Collection takes a little bit from each album and paints the evolution the group's signature sound with decent accuracy. Most diehards will already have many, if not all, of these tracks, so this is unquestionably one for newer listeners. Seek the two aforementioned compilations first, but if neither are available, Collection is definitely up for the task of providing a survey of the band's finest moments.
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AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston