This is an album that has always suffered sonically, from the drug impairment of the recording sessions, to the apparent damage to the US master tapes (some oxide loss is audible on the original Waner CD). I been really digging this album lately, but I've grown quite tired of the issues with the Warner CD. The weird EQs make it very hard to crank on a sharp, bright pair of speakers. (And it's not just the sound - I think the orange UK cover works much better than the yellow US version.) So I'm wondering: which CD is the best sounding version? I've heard some very good things about the 1986 Castle CD, but it's well out of my budget. How's the sound on the 2009 Sanctuary Digipak reissue? This one is much more affordable. It seems Roland/rjstauber likes both, but thinks the 1986 to be smoother sounding. Is it a big difference? I know the packaging is wonderful, but does the 2009 have anything to its advantage, sound-wise? And for the record, does anybody know of a better sounding version (any format) than either of these? Feel free to hijack this thread for Vol. 4 related discussions.