hi guys, I was left rather disappointed over the last couple of days, because I wasn't expecting any issues with 3 of the new vinyl releases of the individual albums. I had bought `close to you`, `a kind of hush` & `the singles 1969-73` I had opened them when they arrived to check them and visually, they are pristine and perfect, so put them back away in their sleeves, but over the last couple of nights, I decided to give them a spin. I have never heard so many scratches or scratching on a vinyl in all my life, they are terrible!!!! I thought this issue was confined to the box-set, but it appears the individual albums are suffering as well. I haven't played the singles yet, but in all honesty, I`m dreading it. I don`t know what`s going on here, but this will be the last time I buy any new stuff, 50th or not. these two are going back and I`ll stick to originals and if I want the top quality, I`ll play my HD cd`s etc I went back to the listing on ebay for `close to you` which I bought on 9th jan and only 1 copy has sold, mine. the damage to sales this lot is causing must be immense .......... really sad!