I'll cut right to the chase. This sounds like someone simply took a 16bit CD off the shelf and ripped a vinyl copy. The sound is compressed, the bass is thin, and the cymbals sound like paper being crumpled up. Even my non-audiophile friend commented that it sounded like crap. I was really looking forward to hearing this release as it's one of my favourite albums. Record companies need to pay attention to the details for these releases, which are not cheap, and go back to the master tapes as the source. The recent re-release of the Counting Crows "August and Everything After" is a great example of what can be done.