I have wanted to own this album as a CD since it was first released in 1985-86. It was listed in some early CD catalogs (remember when there were so few CDs available that a mail-order company could publish them all in a catalog?), but was never pressed as far as I ever knew. A little background on this album: The group was originally called Jinx, and they were a popular live act in the Chicago area in the early 1980's. Their sound was relatively unusual at the time, a harder-edged version of what was later common synthesizer-driven dance pop music. As early as mid-1984, they announced they were going to release their first album, but it took well over a year to finally happen, with several changes along the way. Songs from their live shows ("Video") did not make it to the album, "Nowhere Left To Run" was partially rewritten, and the single "Fire With Fire" was added (it was played over the end credits of the Virginia Madsen-Craig Sheffer movie of the same title). The band was renamed Wild Blue, with only Renee Varo and Joe Zanona making it onto the studio recording from the original group.
The sound quality of the CD is excellent, and this is definitely NOT mastered from a vinyl album. Instruments and Renee's vocals sound clear, stereo separation and imaging are fine, and I heard no background hiss nor did I detect any evidence of noise reduction or other obvious processing on this release. Highs and lows are well-balanced (no, this is not a boomy, bass-driven album, and neither were their live shows), though I did not go back and play my LP to do a direct comparison. I highly recommend this to anyone who still remembers Jinx, or to those who enjoy the music of the 1980's and are looking for something new.