It took me a while to convince myself to buy this CD, because I already had the OST. However, I am glad I bought it. I can't exactly say that it is that much better than the OST, but is better recorded (less static in the background). It is also an interesting take on the soundtrack. In general, it seems that the parts are cut off harder, instead of fading out, and what was slurred more in the OST is tounged. Some of my favorite solos are sometimes almost inaudible and sometimes the balance of instruments is off, but that's alright. The general feeling is not the same as the movie as it feels less somber, so I belive that the OST goes with the movie better. Don't bother with listening to the online samples, as they don't really display what this album has. Very interesting sound, buy it if you are a hardcore Mononoke or classical music fan.