I bought this last week from popmarket via Discogs, after getting an alert that they were selling it new for $36.35, which came out to under $42 including shipping & tax. I see they've now jacked the price up to $62.61 on Discogs, so perhaps I was able to take advantage of an error on their part (it's currently $48.79 on their website).
But what prompted me to post here is that half the discs seem to have issues, right out of the gate (this was a new, shrink-wrapped package). There are visual flaws on some of them, like scuffs except seemingly under the surface, and although they seem to play okay on my Oppo, I've had trouble ripping them. I suspect it may be the packaging at fault, since the discs are housed in cardboard slots at the back of a hardbound book, so they are pressed up against each other when the book is closed, and might get scuffed during removal from the stiff cardboard housing. Wondering if anyone else has had similar issues with this set?
By the way, I've long been a big fan of this album, and I really enjoy the discrete surround mix, which may not be the most sophisticated (quad-like in its placement of instruments in a single corner), but hey, it fits the band, who were kind of primitives after all... genius primitives, that is.