I actually digitized that first playthrough, so I can post short clips of the surface noise in question if y'all think it's necessary or would be helpful in determining the cause. (Sounds like dust in the grooves to me...)
I remember reading somewhere that the clear cellophane record sleeves could cause static buildup and attract dust to a record, is this true?
On the very first play, I heard way more dust crackling and popping than what is usual for a new record. What else could have been the cause of it?
Although pleasing to the eye, the overall sound quality of these recordings are not comparable to the better sounding black vinyl discs. This is due in part to ultra thin outside layers of clear vinyl which supports the grooves.