What are people's thoughts on these releases? I will admit I have read a couple things from some very certain posters on this board, and to be honest I find their claims to be sketchy at best for a couple of the albums. I have Zeit's remaster in both the Castle and Esoteric releases as well the 1996 version. I have Green Desert in both the Esoteric and Castle releases. Let's get this out of the way. Artwork is better on both Esoteric releases. They actually have the original artwork for Green Desert and the disc is a very beautiful green cactus picture. Much better and more authentic than the balloon of the Castle release. The Zeit release artwork is only different in color tone and shading on the word "zeit" in the bottom corner, but I think the Esoteric is more accurate with the word not being shaded, while appearing a tad more colorful than the Castle release. Both are fine. Now to the sound: honestly, I've read all this stuff about noise reduction, mainly from one poster on these boards. The DR values for Zeit on the Castle release for all three songs after the 1st are brickwalled for whatever reason at 7-8 DR. The DR values are restored to normal values on the Esoteric release. The hiss and noise on the Castle releases are fairly highly in volume, at times almost interfering with the work in places. The Esoteric ones still have a lot of noise but it seems every so slightly tamed. Maybe 10%? It certainly is not much as you can hear it straight up loud as hell on both releases. Honestly, I'm at a loss of what people are talking about here. The Esoteric releases to my ears sound fantastic for the most part. Almost indistinguishable in many parts. When the drums kick in on Green Desert it is the Esoteric with more bass and a more lively sound. I directly went back and forth the old release sounds more lifeless if you ask me. But not by much. They are honestly almost the same. Teh Esoteric has a better tone on the upper and lower parts of the drums to me. The Castle release is more veiled and a bit more noisy, but it's nothing you are going to or should cry over. Esoteric clearly had access to the same master as the Castle release, so anyone claiming differently has no idea what they are talking about. I'm A/B'ing on Sennheiser HD 600s with an amp and I can barely tell the difference half the time. I don't have bad hearing at all so.... What is the deal with a few posters chiming in how much they hate this label? I don't get it.