This album is a straight reissue of the original CD two-fer release, with one important difference: the tracks have been remastered and are presented here in HDCD format. Even on bog-standard CD players, the extra rhythm, depth and clarity over the original is stunning. I imagine the sound on an HDCD-equipped player is even more fantastic. The tracks have not been remixed from Brian Wilson's originals (as happened when Pet Sounds was released in stereo), so all the album tracks, including Good Vibrations, the most important track on the album, still exist only in mono. Nevertheless, the sound here is so clear that extra detail is revealed that you'd miss before. Especially improved is the Heroes and Villains SMiLE version. The stripped-down sound of the true Smiley Smile tracks, recorded in about 3 weeks from material left over after the SMiLE sessions collapsed in on themselves, is, taken on its own, quite stunning when it sounds like this. True, GV and H&V are out of place, but SS remains an inventive, interesting and enjoyable album. Wild Honey is an attempt at "white soul", and is great fun, containing no weak tracks and some real surprises that show the magic was still there. The bonus tracks comprise some of the GV sessions and a couple of unreleased songs. The last one, Can't Wait Too Long, is interesting for its sheer length (and is in stereo). A cut-down version of this track appeared in the 1993 Good Vibrations box set. So SS and WH are certainly no Pet Sounds, but both are interesting albums and are musically strong in their own ways. You'll keep going back to this CD, but I doubt you'll play SS right through. One star off because (i) it should have been SMiLE and (ii) EMI should have gone back to the session tapes of GV and done a stereo remix by now.