Just received my copy this morning. However tracks 23 and especially track 24 will not rip correctly. Looking at the disc it seems like there's a dimple or bubble noticeable in the silver layer about where these tracks would be. I don't think I've ever noticed a defect like this before in a CD - it's very slight but there is a definite bump in the silver!
Is this a one-off duff copy or is everyone's copy the same?
Yes, I noticed something similar, but had no problem loading into iTunes. But, to achieve this low price, quality control at the pressing plant seems to have been thrown out the window. My Disc One & Two were both scratched, and in the case of Disc Two, badly enough to make the last four songs unplayable. I used CD polish to take off a monster-sized scratch and make Disc Two entirely playable, but of course, CD polish creates many new(but benign) scratches. After making temporary copies(so I can listen to the music), I sent the two damaged discs to a CD resurfacing company, simply because that cost less than sending the whole set from the U.S.A. back to the UK. Sending the whole set back might have resulted in my getting a good disc 1 & 2, but then(in the replacement set) other discs might have been bad. Actually, I was only buying the set for the 7 unreleased concert tracks, the 3 unreleased French language tracks, the stereo mix of "All The World is Love" and the new stereo remixes of the two Italian tracks. I had all the other songs, takes, mixes and masterings in my collection already. Eventually, I'm going to spend an afternoon at my computer reassembling the set with my prefered choice of mixes. All but 11 of the selections have been released on other EMI CD's in stereo(if you know where to look! Here's some trivia: the stereo mixes of "Little Bitty Pretty One" & "Poison Ivy" can be found on an Australian EMI CD 432005-2)