Due to the near universal acclaim for the Elvis on Rhino cds, I purchased my 4 favorites this summer--the first 3 and Blood and Chocolate. Now that I have listened to the first two, I must say the sound quality is not what I had hoped. Specifically, the treble is really hyped and messes everything up. Songs with active cymbals are totally dominated by them. Elvis' voice is as if shifted in timbre and scratchier. Snares are all snap with no body. The sweetness of the midrange--the guitars in particular, is much diminished. Bass doesn't seem as satisfying. Things go from ok to bad when the songs crest--the sound gets gritty and sibilant sounds cut like knives. Yes there is more detail, and you can surmise the converters were smoother, but boy, that eq ruins the balance and fails the tune test (how easy is it to sing along or to remember the tune after). Admittedly, the first album is a tough one as it is pretty rough sounding, but the solution is not to jack the treble! Those two albums never sounded like they do here and were never meant to--mid 70s English pub rock is meant to be warm sounding. I am comparing here directly to the Ryko cds. I've been listening to this music for fifteen years, vinyl when serious, Ryko cd for convenience. I have Columbia for MAIT, Columbia (Costello label) and Radar for TYM. I am also displeased with Blood and Chocolate, which I didn't have on cd. Despite the albums' length, the cd lacks bass, warmth, depth, openness in comparison. Is it time to reevaluate the Rhino issues?