I’m a little confused at this discussion. It is well know that Rudy recorded a lot of this stuff hot. There are countless times you can hear him “diving for the fader” as Joe Harley would put it. It doesn’t mean the stuff doesn’t sound fantastic the vast majority of the time. If I got upset about every recording that had flaws, I wouldn’t have many records in my collection. I think part of the issue here is that people are saying different things. Many folks here judge the sound of the record relative to the recording. I think it’s assumed that others know of the limits of recording and the shortcomings on these albums. Others read “this sounds really good”, but hear poorly recorded piano or a hot horn and think they were mislead. But the problem here is that none of these are perfectly recorded. So if every review of RVG SQ said the horns are hot and the piano muffled, we wouldn’t get very far. Just my opinion.