Can anyone listen to side 1 of Tchaikovsky "1812 Overture"?

I was hunting for a while and finally received the Tchaikovsky "1812 Overture" Telarc '82 Japan Audiophile UHQR version. As teh inner sleeve indicates about 1/3 of side 1 is nto listenable with my VPI Prime/Cadenza black set-up. Same happens to a friend of mine (same gear).

Did anyone find a cartridge or tonearm/cart combination which can handle the cannon shots?
Yes that is the LP that skips most rigs.I use that track to break in new cartridges quickly.My Rega clearaudio just barely tracks it with a little more weight but not at my normal adjustment for the rest of my collection.Did you see the space between the grooves on that LP?Incredible.
I'd check your cart setup if you haven't already.  Also, I believe VPI recommends setting VTF on the higher end of the scale for carts.  YMMV
A terrible piece of music! Try instead the last movement of Gustav Mahler's Symphony 1. My favorite on LP was the DG Ozawa and the Boston Symphony.