In comparing the RVG Remasters CD (PRCD-8102-2) to the 1987 CD (P-7180) of Boss Tenor, Ammons' tone is warmed up, particularly on the ballad "My Romance." The other cuts have, overall, more clarity. The groove was never missing so there’s nothing to tinker with there. Pianist Tommy Flanagan’s unfailing tastefulness is truly enhanced by the technology on the opener "Hittin’ The Jug." If it’s possible to hear sunset orange, orchid lavender and cheek-blush red, that’s what’s happening on this reissue. Yes, the original liner notes by Leroi Jones still resemble the footprints of ants on the page. Included are thoughts by Mr. Van Gelder (that accompany each RVG Remasters) and journalist Bob Porter with more insight on the players. One of the visible errors from the orginal pressing is the name of the album’s last tune, "Savoy." The correct and full title is "Stompin’ At The Savoy."
Alas, Ammons and his sidemen for this release are no longer with us (pianist Tommy Flanagan passed in 2001; bassist Doug Watkins in 1962; drummer Arthur Taylor in 1995; percussionist Ray Barretto in 2006) to enjoy themselves sounding energetic and so committed to the music.