This album makes me sad just because of how she didn't want this released at all and the cover art. The re-recorded A Song for xx, Trust and Depend on you are fantastic. I'd recommend A COMPLETE and A SUMMER BEST over this one though.
In regards to what blackeri said all those years ago, that's not totally true. The A BEST 2 only includes "bests" from a certain set of years. This A BEST is the best of her early years. Both sets of years are valid. Technically, if you truly wanted the best of Ayu, you'd need to go after A BEST 2 and A BEST. Until she makes a proper A BEST 3.
I love this album and yes, it is a brilliant collection...but if you honestly want ”The Best Of Ayumi Hamasaki”...you should look into A BEST 2 -white- and A BEST 2 -black-...they are truly the collection to chose! However, this album is so wonderful to own if you’re a diehard Ayu fan like me and must collect everything! =P She’s brilliant.