I have just had a bad experience with the Peter Gabriel Shaking The Tree -- 16 Golden Greats SACD. My first copy was defective, as it skipped during "Mercy Street" due to a divot on the surface. I exchanged it at Best Buy and got a perfect copy. Well, perfect in that it doesn't skip. The sound quality is another matter. At first, I was quite impressed with the SACD. I first listened to it on my less revealing stereo system (NAD C 350 integrated amp, Sony SCD-C555ES SACD/CD changer, Energy e:XL 25 speakers). When comparing tracks from So to the remastered So CD, I heard more depth on the SACD. I found the SACD to be quite good. Then I took it to my more revealing stereo system. This is where things got hairy. I was all ready to be blown away by the SACD on my better system (NAD C 370 integrated amp biamped with NAD C 270 power amp, Sony SCD-777ES SACD/CD player, Totem Arro speakers). Well, I am quite disappointed. I still prefer the tracks from So on the SACD to the remastered So CD, but the SACD sounds thin and harsh. I found myself lowering the volume at points on "Sledgehammer", for example, due to the harshness in Gabriel's vocals. I just couldn't take it. Drums also sounded like someone was bashing metal. Am I alone in my assessment? I have read a good bit of criticism surrounding the sound quality of Universal SACDs, but I had been impressed with all of the ones I had before this one. In my opinion, the Gabriel SACD is a letdown, and I don't see myself rushing out to buy the other Gabriel SACDs. So, is it the master tapes or the mastering? I wonder. Before listening to the Gabriel SACD, I listened to a CD-R of the Elton John Greatest Hits DCC gold CD. I was in hog heaven. I should add that I listened to the Elton John CD-R in my revealing system on a Sony SCD-C555ES, while again, I listened to the Gabriel SACD in the same system on the Sony SCD-777ES. An SACD played on a flagship component sounded inferior to a CD-R of a CD played on a lesser component. Maybe it is all in the mastering.