I picked up The Doobie Brothers Greatest Hits CD at Wal-Mart over the weekend for just $9.88, and it is one great-sounding disc. If you like The Doobie Brothers, you must get it. To be clear, I am talking about the 20-track compilation that came out last year. It's discs like this one that make me mad that so many CDs sound like garbage. Over the weekend, I also picked up The Essential Howard Jones, another recent Warner Music compilation, and it sounds incredibly digital in comparison to The Doobie Brothers disc. I put in the Howard Jones disc and found the vocals to be glassy. The digital glare is there in full force. Then I put in The Doobie Brothers disc and was immediately thrilled by what I heard. It's nice to be able to "Listen to the Music" without focusing on the recording. Most of the Howard Jones tracks are from the '80s and are probably derived from digital masters. Of course, most of The Doobie Brothers tracks are from the '70s and are derived from analog masters. I wonder if that explains the difference in sound quality or if the relative quality of remastering is the issue here. Perhaps it's a bit of both.