This CD is an example of why people resent paying high prices (especially in the UK) for CDs. It is a long time since I have heard such a shoddy recording with unacceptable levels of hiss and distortion as well poorly equalised volume levels across the album. This is a pity since the material is actually very good both in terms of the track selection and the performances. This disc is potentially the perfect background to Christmas However, call me Scrooge if you will, but shame on UCJ (Universal) this is probably technically one of the worst recordings on CD ever!
A message for the manufacturers of CDs/DVDs is as the playing equipment gets better we have yet to see any real effort being made to lift the quality of recordings.