Well, I already see that Tower Records has them for significantly less. About $23 or so. Still, I need your feedback...peace... warren
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Oh yes they are worth it! I actually have a non-standard release(I think it may even be the analog productions) of Waltz for Debbie and just got the XRCD and the XRCD puts the other one to shame. I have many XRCD's and many more are on the way- the Japanese Import XRCD2's are IMO the best sounding CDs I have ever heard- though there are only a few of them out there. There are also FIM and Sheffield XRCD's that sound outstanding, the original XRCD and XRCD2's are a must have in a collection in particular if you are a digital only sorta guy. I know for a while music direct was offering 4 for $100 not a bad deal, every time I order I always make sure I pick up 4 or 8 at that price. My only complaint is there aren't many titles available so it isn't hard to get all the stuff you want quickly- though they just seem to keep releasing more and more. So yes get waltz for debbie and AB it with the standard issue you will never look back- then get a Japanese import(I think there are only 5 choices) and be blown away! Your audio aero will thank you :)
For what it is worth, I find the XRCD version of Bill Evans' Waltz for Debbie better than the "regular" 20-bit remaster (and I have not heard the new 24-bit XRCD version), enough so that if I had to buy a new copy, I would buy the XRCD. This may say as much about the album as XRCD as I am not sure I would spend the extra cash on all XRCDs vs 20-bit remasters (though Jacintha and Sonny Rollins' Saxophone Colossus were also better on XRCD). FWIW, I find the recent Analogue Productions SACD version of Waltz For Debbie as good as or better than the 20-bit XRCD.
yes they are way better than the original,i have a few of them,BUT STAY AWAY FROM "AUTUM IN SEATTLE"it is the wors ever recording ever ,you hear a noise(electronic noise)
i sent back the cd to FIM and the owner told me that the noise was coming from the recording tape that they use during the recording session.the noise is very disturbing and is not subtle.so other than that XRCD are fantastic