I believe most of us grew up with the so-called "MJ" tracks that were on Sonic 3's Genesis release for Carnival Night, Ice Cap, and Launch Base zones and many of us are familiar with the copyright issues surrounding them. The community also knows that these aren't necessarily the "original" tracks since we have early prototypes that use the songs we've seen in the PC and Origins releases. Let's refer to these two sets of music as MJ vs PC tracks for clarity. My gut reaction to the PC tracks, even without Origins' poor mastering, is that they are strictly worse. They sound unfinished, much more generic, less interesting, etc. and my ear prefers the MJ version for each. In fact, I find the PC version of the CNZ, ICZ, and LBZ music to be substantially worse than other Sega-composed music on the Sonic 3 soundtrack, particularly much more generic sounding. Yet, how fair is this? I played Sonic 3 in my early childhood and grew up with the MJ versions. There's so much nostalgia there that I cannot possibly be objective or fair about this. I really want to get past the "they changed it now it sucks mindset" How do you all think that the PC versions of these three level themes really stack up when compared fairly against the rest of the Sonic 3 soundtrack? Angel Island is fine but I think is decidedly less iconic than Green Hill or Emerald Hill. Hydrocity is probably the strongest song in the "first half" of Sonic 3 that is shared in both soundtrack versions. Lots of the S&K music is downright epic like Flying Battery, Lava Reef, Death Egg. What do you all think?