I grew up in the 1970s listening to this Ring cycle. It stands out from all the other Wagner recordings that I have heard, including the abomination which was the German 1976 centenary Ring, which was complete with booes and hisses. Goodall brought out many melodies which can often be overlooked. The performances of Rita Hunter, Alberto Remedios and Norman Bailey have never been surpassed. Andrew Porter's translation works very well, to the extent that when I now hear a Ring in German, I remember Porter's words. Noone has ever surpassed Rita Hunter; only Gwynneth Jones is her equal. Emile Belcourt remains the benchmark by which I measure Loge's, and noone has done better since, and Gregory Dempsey is both comic and menacing as Mime "I'll simply chop off your head" he sings ingratiatingly, unaware that Siegfried can hear. The forging scene in Siegfried has some really blood-curdling Hoi-Hos from Remedios, just as it should be, and Fafner is very loud and convincing. I would especially recommend this Ring to a young person. This was a classic Ring, with none of the modern dress nonsense seen in the Cherraux Ring at Bayreuth, the recent R.O.H. cycle with Terfel, or the dreadful (and insulting to the memory of Wagner) current ENO production, with an exploding Brunnhilde. Bring back the 1970s/80s ENO Ring - it was a perfect combination of medieval costume and space age scenery. The Goodall ENO Ring was copied at R.O.H. in the early 80's, and included Remedios, Jones, Bailey and Altmeyer. It was perfect, as was the Goodall Ring.