When my copy of Mellon Collie... arrived in the mail, I was beyond stoked. Beatiful packaging, shipped securely so that everything arrived perfect. I opened it up, put disc 1 on the platter, and was saddened to see that the grooves go nearly to the label, maybe a quarter inch of dead wax. With only 4 songs on side 1, at 33 RPM, there should be no reason for the grooves to go that far in.
And the tragedy is that my favourite song, Zero, is at the end of this side.
Despite this, I put the needle down onto the record. The first couple of songs sounded wonderful! Very very little background noise, good dynamics, everything I could hope for. Around the third track I started hearing the odd bit of IGD. I had been forewarned about the distortion on Zero, and when it first came on I thought to myself, "that's not so bad!" The first half of the song is riddled with sibilance on the vocals, but the music sounds nice and clear. Second half, everything starts to break up. By the end of the song, there is a near constant buzz from the IGD.
I really hope that they consider remastering and replacing disc 1 for all those who received this version of the record. I know that I will not be listening to this record again.