Not really. Maybe on your LP but not on mine. The vinyl on mine is dead quiet and is not crap. No distortion whatsoever. Even with the narrower stereo picture, I would still recommend this pressing. It was pressed in 1977 and sounds great. I also own all sorts of pressings of this LP ranging from a Y&B -2/-2 to the wide stereo Canadian pressing. I'm not talking about those pressings from 1973 or so that were farmed out to Pathe Marconi during the energy crisis.