I'm currently compiling my 70s digital library, and so in this sense, ones bound to come across some rather questionable acts such as Lieutenant's Pigeon, but yeah, come on, it was the seventies after all. I'm buying all my music from CD, because I like to have originals in my collection, and if I can't buy the CD, I'll buy a lossless copy if possible. I'm trying to get every 70s song that charted in Australia's top 40, whether it's great or the biggest piece of smooch out there. Recently on my radio station I decided to play an entire top 20 countdown from a week in September 1974. I had every single from that countdown on CD, except for this Lieutenant's Pigeon, the track in particular; "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen". This brings me to my recent purchase, the Best of Lieutenant's Pigeon, which was recently put out by Cherry Red, a record label whose products have been met with mixed reactions. This was the comp I just bought. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/390471956457?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 The CD arrived in my box last Thursday, and this evening I ripped the shrinkwrap off and started extracting the tracks I liked into my digital collection. I started processing the songs for normalising the volumes, adding clean fades at the ends, and etc. When playing through my Philips monitors it sounded, ummm, yeah, really hollow. I thought at first, this was a novelty act, most probably a very ad-hock recording affair. I then pulled up the spectrum bar in Sony's Sound Forge to see with horror again that the track I was working on was mastered from a....... MP3...... absolutely wonderful. I thought it might of been the one track. Never mind. I could most probably find this track on another compilation. I proceeded onto opening up the other three tracks I ripped, and your kidding me, the whole compilation has been mastered from MP3. Cherry Red, thank you for such a butchered job, this is an absolute downright disgrace. In the past, I've come past the issue of selected tracks on compilations being mastered from MP3s, but now we have whole compilations. So now I'm wondering, people within the record industry now assume we can't hear the difference, and expect the rest of us to make do with this junk format. Down below are screen shots of the spectral anaylists from Soundforge.