HIStory was the first Michael Jackson album I didn't buy on release. I was 14 at the time, and as it was a double CD of greatest hits and new material, it was expensive - over £20 in the UK IIRC. I also had no need for a CD of greatest hits, and to me it felt like that decision lessened the value of the new material, as if the hits were included to support it. I don't know if that was the intention, but if it was I don't think it was necessary. Though the album has some filler, it also includes at least three top drawer MJ tracks: Stranger In Moscow, Earth Song, Scream. Hard to believe that this album is now 25 years old. Underrated.