The Independent Years is a compilation featuring tracks that were originally released on The Melrose Years (2002). When compiling this album, once again a remix of Ivory Town was used instead of the composition Ruling The Waves. This compilation contains no new material.
This release is part of an extensive digipack series (consisting of a total of more than 60 CD and DVD releases) by the Germany based Membran record label.
The title Electric Lion is faulty mastered, with heavy digital clicks and dropouts, making this track almost unlistenable.