Was thrilled to find that the import SACD of The Best of Roxy Music arrived by mail from Merry Ol' England today. This had been delayed for months, something that didn't sit too well with me. But it really is a shame that the disc was delayed so that it arrived after the recent release of the Avalon SACD. That disc really did set a high-water mark that will be tough to live up to. Avalon had raised my expectations for Best of and I guess there wasn't much of a real chance that it could live up to those expectations. Don't get me wrong: it's great to have this compliation of Roxy on one SACD title. It's just that I don't really notice a marked difference in audio quality from that of the remastered HDCD Roxy catalog. It seems to me that the SACD versions have a bit more warmth to them, but the difference isn't all that obvious. Again, great to have on SACD, but not the demo disc I was hoping for after Avalon. And actually, this hybrid stereo SACD feeds into my concerns about how much effort labels put into SACD releases when the project is not a multichannel remix. I've always been concerned that it's relatively easy for labels to simply port over stereo titles from Redbook CDs to SACDs without taking the extra steps necessary to really make them shine. Go ahead, call me paranoid. But it doesn't help when SACDs like this one simply use the regular CD booklet (so no mention of SACD credits or mastering whatsoever). I don't regret getting this by any means. But if Virgin were to issue the rest of the Roxy catalog on SACD in stereo-only versions, I'd have to seriously think about picking them up because the sound on Best of leads me to think that they wouldn't be much different than the HDCD remasters.