Now, at the tender age of 44, I feel ready to take the deep dive and this 3-disc set originally released in the late 80s is my first move. It was $9.99 in the used CD bin that I frequent.
Also, it's great. I like how scattered it is. It seems designed for someone in my position. I don't trust a 1-disc or even a 2-disc collection to summarize this body of work, but a 3-disc set seems right. The (terrific) live tracks, B-sides and outtakes are further enticements to dig deep.