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Outstanding Material, Poor Presentation
on January 29, 2004
Two of the greatest - and least known - Atlantic albums of pop standards from the late sixties, in one package. Brilliant songs throughout, extraordinary performances by McRae. Unfortunately, Collectables failed to digitally remaster the tracks on this release, and several of the recordings suffer from significant amounts of noise distortion, as well as slight crackling, hissing and popping throughout. In fact, Carmen's brilliant renditions of "Elusive Butterfly" and "Walking Happy" are virtually unlistenable.
If you're going to experience a masterpiece, why ruin it for yourself? Skip this substandard reproduction of the original, and seek out the vinyl LPs instead, until Atlantic has enough insight and foresight to buy back the rights and digitally remaster all of this material.
I am unsure if the additional outstanding selections in the Collectables catalog (eg. Peggy Lee's 'Is that all there Is?,' Ira Sullivan's 'Horizons') suffer from such grave flaws, but after this rude awakening today, I'm not likely to take another leap of faith with the same label.