First off I'd like to say that when reviewing vinyl LP's the review is about the actual LP and not the music on it. I never buy an LP just to see if I like the songs, that's what MP3 downloads are for. In this case the 5 star rating is for the pressing itself and not the music on it.
With that said I'll get on with talking about the actual vinyl pressing.
First I'll start off with the packaging. When shipped from Amazon it is shipped like every other album I've bought, that is sandwiched in a very nice sturdy flat cardboard container made for the job. Once opened the actual album and sleeve is exposed. Unlike most vinyl records that come in a cardboard sleeve this one comes in a clear plastic sleeve. Most vinyl is then also inside of a paper sleeve within the outer cardboard sleeve. This one is not. It is inside of the clear plastic sleeve alone. This is done of course to show of the fact that this pressing is a "picture disc." This is pretty unique among Vinyl LP's and is pretty neat looking. The LP itself contains the artwork that would normally be on the outer album jacket.
There have been a few reviewers who have complained about the plastic jacket. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this araingment. The sleeve is plenty thick to protect the LP during normal handling. Cardboard jackets are not steel vaults either so I see nothing wrong with this one. Most LP's also come with an inner paper sleeve but the fact is, paper sleeves are not the best. The best inner sleeve is a paper sleeve that has an inner plastic lining. I guess the paper sleeves shed as they age where the plastic lined do not. This outer jacket therefore takes place of the outer and inner sleeve and is made from a material superior to paper.
Inside with the LP is a trifold sheet of paper which contains some additional artwork for the LP. If a person were worried enough about sliding the LP into the plastic jacket they could fold this over the LP before returning it to the jacket. Either that or inner sleeves are available through Amazon.
The reality is that this plastic see through jacket is not a problem at all and should have no bearing on whether or not you buy this LP.
Another complaint I have seen is playability issues. I had none at all. The problem with Vinyl pressings is they are not all the same. Unlike, CD's and even cassettes of old, the equipment used to play back vinyl plays a very big part on any trouble you may have. One argument may be that record "A" plays fine, but this one skips. Just because record "A" plays fine and "B" skips doesn't mean record "B" is defective. There are so many varibles when it comes to vinyl. The first being the cartridge and stylus in your turntable. You could have a very high end turn table but with a stylus that has a difficult time tracking the grooves of an LP. There are several stylus shapes to follow the groove of an LP. They are all a compromise between, low LP wear, good tracking, more faithful sound reproductions, etc. Along with stylus tip shape is also proper setup. The tracking force should always be measured with a stylus tracking force scale. Then there is the anti skate setting that many people have a hard time understanding (myself included.) If you throw in the fact that some pressings are more difficult to track you end up with some people who have tracking issues (skipping) and others who do not. The problem is, there are far too many variables to claim these LPs are defective. I will say it is likely that these pressings are likely more difficult to track than some others but I believe with a well setup turn table and a stylus contour made to track well this is a non issue.
The last issue people are having is sound quality. Poor tracking not only causes the needle to jump out of the track but can also cause bad sound playback. Again, one (or most) LP(s) may play and sound fine, but some others may track and not sound good because of poor setup. The equipment I have is not high end by any means but I have spent the time and effort to get them set up correctly and I have yet to have a problem with skipping or poor sound. This pressing is no different.
If you like the music on this LP, have a turn table, and have a desire for this LP I highly recommend it.