This classic album is certainly worth 5 stars - one of my favourite rock albums which I've had for many years in both lp and cd shape. I decided to buy this 40th anniversary edition attracted by the promise of remastered sound and the additional tracks, which (except for the acoustic re-recordings) I knew from an old compilation lp "Pretty Things 1967-1971". I've always liked those tracks. The acoustic re-recordings are really nice but I'm not bowled over - I'll stick to the original album.
In terms of sound this edition seems indeed a bit more clear compared to the older releases. Being quite dark in terms of content "Parachute" benefits from a bit of murkiness, but the clearer sound does not undermine its impact. My gripe with this edition concerns the packaging. Clearly it's designed to look classy, with a good 'Story of the Pretty Things' in the stapled-in booklet and a good many photographs, but there's a shocking lack of 'technical' information - no info on the musicians (apart from what you can gather from the story), no recording info and, perhaps even worse, no info whatsoever about the so-called 'acoustic re-recordings'. Whoever put this package together must have thought that everybody buying this was not going to be a first time buyer - it's a shame, really. I'm one of those that prefer content to sleek appearance, and I'm quite sure I'm not the only one. Snapper Music should really see to this.