Micky Hart selected the tracks for Over the Edge and Back, and remixed them in stereo for the CD, and in 5.1 surround sound for the DVD-Audio.
In a 2002 interview, Hart said, "I'm not really up for 'Best of's to be honest with you.... My stuff doesn't really play like that 'Best of' in one CD because I'm all over the map, from the rhythm to the melody and the harmony, the Apocalypse [sessions], the Olympics. I try to make it go together, but it just barely holds as a CD. If you look at it as individual tracks, they're terrific, but, usually, when you make a CD there’s a motif. Usually you compose the songs at the same time, so they have a certain kind of continuity to it. This doesn’t have that kind of continuity. So, I didn't try. I gave up on the continuity part because it covered 20 years of my life."
On Allmusic, Hal Horowitz wrote, "This is a reasonable but far too brief overview of Mickey Hart's six world music releases for the Rykodisc label.... The original albums this material was extracted from are a better, more appropriate way to enjoy the music, especially considering the relatively short 47–minute playing time... As it stands, it's an adequate, listenable, but frustratingly limited taste of Mickey Hart's world music side projects."