Hey there, folks. I don't post very often, but I've been ODing on Disney audio the past few weeks on my spiffy new headphones and felt the need to speak up - Randy Thornton is the patron saint of the Disney back catalog. Yeah, sure, I know you knew that already. You love him because he releases the previously unreleasable, or because he goes that extra mile to put together some truly well produced official park albums. Well, you know why I love him? TAPE HISS. Yep, tape hiss - Randy, in his infinite wisdom (no sarcasm there folks), does NOT drown his albums in NoNoise. Now, I know I lot of people hate hiss, but trying to get rid of it just sucks the life right out of recordings. Listen to the Ghost Host on the Haunted Mansion 30th disc - his spiel is totally no-noised, laden with digital artifacts and sounding all around dead (and not in the good, ghostly way ). Now, listen to the Musical History - you can clearly hear that lovely tape hiss behind every audio track in the show. I mean, heck, listen to the singing busts - Thurl's track has more hiss than his fellow busts, and I LOVE it! Randy's mixes and restorations are always oozing with dynamic range and that ever-so-intangible breath of life. Another good example is the Country Bear Jamboree on Musical History - a lot of producers would've cranked the volume knob to 11 and NoNoised the crap out of the recordings, destroying any warmth and life the recording may have had. Randy mixed the tapes together warts and all - you can clearly hear hiss levels vary with every bear. The end result is a mix that lets you hear exactly what's lying in the Disney vaults - a recording teeming with warmth, life, and all that other good stuff. The whole thing just pops, and it's mostly because of that nasty tape hiss everyone always hates so much. And so, Randy, I salute you - keep cranking out these amazingly restored tracks for audiophiles (and Disney nerds) everywhere.