My review addresses the sound quality of the CD, not the musical performance, which is adequately documented elsewhere.
I originally bought the first Cold Blood album on 8Track tape back in 1970, and bought the Sisyphus album on LP in 1971. I love both albums, but have been frustrated for years in my attempt to replace my antiquated 8Track with anything better than a scratched up copy of the LP. Until now!
I'm happy to say that both albums have been nicely mastered to CD by our friends at Rhino and released as a double album on the Collectables label. The sound quality is very good, but not exceptional. To my ears the transfer is typical of many I've heard of recordings from that era. Atlantic now owns the rights to these recordings that were originally released on the San Francisco label, but the CD was manufactured by Rhino, and I suspect the CD may not be mastered from the original master tapes. The sound lacks some transparency and exhibits some harshness, but is generally very good. Also, there is some very noticable distortion for about two seconds at the beginning of the song "Your Good Thing", but this is an isolated flaw. This defect might be mistaken by some as static from a poor quality LP to CD transfer, but it is certainly from another cause. Both "Cold Blood" and "Sisyphus" are definately mastered to CD from tape. The overall sonic quality is comparable on both albums, and the two blend seemlessly on the CD. The minor imperfection shouldn't deter anyone from purchasing this CD. I think this CD release is an excellent bargain.
I've waited a long time for this music to come out on CD and I'm very happy to have it.