I was going to pick it up, but I've since been informed that the US release has strings that sound like capellini, and a bass guitar that sounds like a turd from the inside out. I've heard that the rare and hard-to-get Canadian release, by contrast, has a dulcimer that sounds like beef tripe and has far, far better imaging....it smells like they're in the room with you!
Of course, the discs are digitally identical, so I need to invent a reason why this would happen. It's not jitter, nor is it because of errors. It's because of the SF, or Spirit Factor of the discs. You see, despite popular misconceptions to the contrary, spirits that have not yet crossed the shimmering veil separating this world from the spirit world are, in fact, quite shy. They prefer to hide where nobody can find them; thus, they tend to take up residence in Japanese CP pressings and....well, Canadian discs, because who likes Canada? Now, you might be asking yourself "What does the presence of a ghostly sort have to do with tubas sounding like tetrazzini?" As it so happens, ectoplasm naturally extends the high-end, leading--somewhat ironically--to the "breath of life" effect. I hear Mapleshade's bottling the crap as we speak.
"Fuckin' Koreans" - Reno 911