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Discs badly stained by cloudy residue, but I cleaned them.
on 5 May 2017
Yes, amazon.co.uk's price is very very low, but there's a reason why Universal Music is dumping these sets so cheap. Many of these sets suffer from a chemical interaction between the discs and the ink & paper used to fabricate the mini-album covers. It may be sulfur content in the paper or ink that may have caused the problem. All 13 of my discs had playback surfaces which were heavily stained by a cloudy residue. Yes, the discs can be restored to perfect condition, but it took two and a half hours with a towel and water (and with running water and rubbing with my thumb to remove the most stubborn stains). Henceforth the discs must be stored outside of the original packaging(right now, i'm storing them in CD envelopes), because if you put the discs back into the original packaging, the stains will reappear and potentially damage the discs. In the end, the discs play perfectly, and I was able to buy it for less than half of what it would have cost in my country. But you would think that, by now, with decades of experience manufacturing CD's and their packaging, that Universal Music would know how to avoid disc-damaging inks and paper. In 34 years of collecting CD's, I've only encountered this sort of situation 3 times before.
Eventually, I'll come back and give you some feedback on the music and mastering, though other people have covered it in detail. It's a less than authentic representation of the 1960's Capitol Records U.S.A. albums. Some of the departures from authenticity are good, but the use of 1987 remixes for the stereo versions of 23 1965 songs was NOT a good idea. I knew in advance about these revisionist things(I already had a homemade CD-R clone of the set), but the completist in me wanted the actual set as a piece of memorabilia. For the real Capitol albums(as we heard them in the 1960's) buy "The Capitol Albums" Vols. 1 & 2 boxed sets.