I listened to Esoteric's release of Banco's AS IN A LAST SUPPER this morning and compared it directly with the old Italian Virgin CD. Granted, comparing this English mix to the Italian mix is a bit like comparing apples and apple cider perhaps, but I was really disturbed by the difference. Most obviously, the Esoteric CD is mid-rangey and the bass is anything but well-defined as it is on the Italian CD. I will say this - I have come to love this album, and I had a great time listening to the Italian disc, so much so that I wanted to hear it again immediately. And so I put on this Esoteric fiasco, and was so annoyed by its faults that I could not enjoy the great music contained within and had to turn it off after the first two tracks. Evidence of the problem is clear in the quiet opening moments. In fact, I believe what I hear is evidence that this disc is actually a needledrop, and a poor one at that. First, I hear a rumbling that seems to come around as if on every rotation of the LP for the first 30 seconds or so. Just before the louder synths enter, we hear a pre-echo which is either print-through or the evidence of a worn LP or mistracking cartridge. I tend to believe it's less likely to be actual print-through, especially given the other characteristics of this transfer. DNR has been quite obviously used in the quiet parts, but when the noise is allowed to come through, it sounds far more like vinyl surface noise than tape hiss. I'm not at home right now to create a sample, but I believe others would clearly hear the same thing I am hearing. Honestly, Esoteric has disappointed me so many times at this point that I absolutely will not buy any more CDs from them until I hear praise from several members on this forum first, which is not likely to occur I'm afraid. I wouldn't necessarily mind a CD from an excellent needledrop, but excellent is one thing this is not. I think I'll be emailing Esoteric and expressing my dissatisfaction directly. After buying two noisy German LPs of this title and now this CD, I still don't have a good copy of the English version to enjoy. Anyone else looking to hear this underrated Banco LP should absolutely do so, but not with this release.