This mix has been frequently bootlegged, but the original Party Paks are unique and numbered, insuring that there will never be a look-alike package to confuse collectors. Shadow reissued the mix himself in 2009, with a totally different design and packaging configuration. All other CDs and vinyl pressings are bootlegs. Bear in mind this release has also been bootlegged under the title “Essential Mix,” because the mix was first aired during the Essential Mix slot on BBC1. As a result some bootlegs were recorded right off the radio.
Island Records distributed around 100 promo CD’s internally immediately following the mix’s broadcast; it is thought that this was the source for at least one of the bootlegs.
Package includes 2 CDs with 129 minutes of music, 2 stickers and 2 coasters.