October 9, 2004:
It's brilliant, but at first listen it's maybe a little cold. You don't hear the emotional depth of the original recordings, their yearning and poignancy. Instead you hear a great band, a really good band, who've been on the road tearing this material up, who've been congratulated for their triumph, who were extraordinarily eager to bring this music into the studio and tear it up there. The album has wonderful energy. But it seems to lack the emotional generosity of the original recordings. There really was something spiritual in those voices.