I've been playing the new Japanese SHM-SACD of ELECTRIC WARRIOR since it arrived here yesterday and I'm underwhelmed, unfortunately. The reason is primarily due to this new remaster being a very subdued affair, sonically speaking. One of the only complaints I have about the recent spate of SHM-SACDs coming out of Japan over the last year or so is the low-volume mastering jobs a lot of these discs have had. I don't mind quiet discs, generally speaking, but some of these SHM-SACDs have taken it too far, losing dynamics in the process, in my opinion. For example, The Police's two SHM-SACDs aren't terribly hot, and there are a couple more titles that just didn't "shine" for me upon playback. There's nothing wrong, per se, it's just my personal preferences at play here. I can always turn up the volume, right? And that works a lot of the time, but only exaggerates the "muffled" sound that affects some of these SHM-SACDs ... and unfortunately ELECTRIC WARRIOR is one of those discs. It just wasn't remastered very well, I don't think. I have the U.S. DVD-Audio disc as well as the European multichannel/stereo SACD of ELECTRIC WARRIOR, and they're both excellent sounding discs. I actually don't prefer one over the other; They're both stellar discs. Sharp, clear, well-balanced ... in short, everything you could ask for. I'm kinda perplexed why, then, this Japanese SHM-SACD is so thuddy and relatively dull sounding. I think the musical content really calls for an exciting mix. I actually feel the plain-vanilla Reprise Records CD has more aural dynamics to it than this SHM-SACD does, I'm sorry to say. Even the expanded U.S. Reprise Records CD — which isn't my favorite, BTW — sounds punchier. All the tracks on the Japanese SHM-SACD are treated equally, so there's no point in going track-by-track in analyzation. Nothing here sounds better or worse than another selection off the album. It's too bad, it really is. ELECTRIC WARRIOR is such a great record, too. If and when the Japanese arm of Universal decides to release an SHM-SACD of THE SLIDER, I sure hope they revisit their mastering technique for that one.