I exchanged copies three times in '82 because I was so disgusted with the vinyl crackles during the opening track!
Me, too! Mine were also warped, as well as crackly. I was a bit obsessed and ended up buying ET multiple times – regular MCA, picture disc (just because), MJ-narrated, and then the German Teldec 'audiophile' pressing, which finally became my holy of holies. There's also a Disneyland read-along book and record with Gertie narrating, which I will not admit to owning, no sir.
Revisiting this score more often than not. It really is an amazing score by Goldenberg. Apart from the Herrmann-esque passages the real gems are those tense diner cues. The whole sequence is a masterclass of building paranoia. The music in the scene kind of works the same way as Fielding's Escape from Alcatraz in that the music is constantantly gnawing and prodding away at you, wearing you down until finally, you break!. Great stuff.