Just received the new Analogue Productions SACD hybrid version of one of my favourite CDs. It was recorded on my 4th birthday and puts the lie to early recordings sounding terrible. My parents saw him live in Melbourne around this time and they said he was electrifying - had the audience in the palm of his hand. The concert was recorded by RCA in 1959 and sounds superb - indeed this has been a reference recording for many years - it was forever on Harry Pearson's (Absolute Sound) Reference recordings list and thoroughly deserved that position too. Both versions are wonderful sounding, but it appears that Classic my have run Harry's vocal track a little higher when they remixed the album to stereo from the 3 track work part, whereas I suspect the Analogue Productions is direct from the original RCA stereo master tape. The AP version therefore brings up the orchestra and background vocals compared with the Classic CD and gives a more egalitarian balance. I like both, but the AP has some unreleased bonus tracks that add a little sugar ("Harry Belafonte - Spoken Intro", "Scarlet Ribbons", and "Overture Medley - Instrumental"). If you have an SACD player, then you have access to the original multitrack tape in all 3 channels, as the AP is a hybrid disc - I only have stereo CD access here. In short, either is fantastic and way better than the truncated RCA single CD. The AP is complete-r than the Classic, but the Classic has been OOP for decades. The AP at $40 is a no-brainer, therefore, and shows what a real entertainer can do. IMHO, "Cotton Fields" and "Matilda" are the real highlights of a star studded album. Thanks Mum and Dad for introducing me to HB.