Worth buying the SMH compared to Hannibal's release?
Before I ordered this single-layer I listened to the Hannibal CD release -- hmm, I thought, do I really need an expensive SMH? The song I really cared about, "A Sailor's Life" -- a tour de force of folk rock -- sounded great.
Sure, it also has "Who Knows Where the Time Goes," but did that justify buying the SMH for those two songs? Compared to later recordings by the band, the whole album is a bit proto-folk and a bit of a crude throw-back to the album before it.
Well, I took the plunge, and can say: YES! Not only is "A Sailor's Life" more present and clearer, but parts of the Hannibal release that sounded a bit hissy or distant are totally absent on this disk: high quality from start to finish!
I'll still only really listen to it for "A Sailor's Life" and "Who Knows Where the Time Goes," but I feel they are the best audio versions available! And that's worth it.