I hesitated to buy this for a few days, because like most fans I own most of these albums in multiple formats, and I'm not enough of an audiophile to tell if the remasters sound better--I usually just accept other reviews on faith. I did not find out about the problems with these sets until I had already ordered the first box, but I did notice a short drop out on one of the songs on the first album--I think it's What You're Doing. I did not notice any other problems, although to be honest I did not listen with headphones, and haven't listened too carefully yet. I grew up listening to scratchy LPs that sometimes skipped, so I think I'm pretty tolerant of little glitches in a CD, anyway.
I think I finally decided to purchase the first set because I'm a sucker for cool packaging, and I wanted to check one out before buying the others. I'm not disappointed with the package, in spite of what other reviewers have said (although it would have been even more cool if they had imprinted the actual discs to look like the original Mercury LPs--black, with the label in the middle). I was hoping the booklet would have more, as well (more pictures, maybe, and lyrics for the first album).
I'm going to wait awhile before buying the other sets, in the hope that the manufacturer will fix the problems that other reviewers have been talking about. I do wonder what guarantee we'll have that, if we order these online, we'll actually get the new corrected versions and not old ones that have been sitting in a warehouse. Does anyone know if the existing sets will actually be sent back to the manufacturer?
The bottom line for me is that these are neat to have if you're a collector and a die-hard fan.