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iPad? What's an iPad?
What's an iPad?

When this site went live (August 2006) the problem we faced was how were we going to fill up those huge screens people were starting to buy. They just kept getting bigger and bigger with better and better resolution.

How that's all changed in the last couple of years!

The challenge now is to accommodate big screens and ... tiny ones. The internet gurus told us we could send different pages etc to different "devices" depending on what the devices told us they were. The problem with this is that they don't all obey the rules.

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Welcome to MiniLPs.Net
Inside stand up from Jethro Tull's Stand Up album

Welcome to the definitive English language resource for all things related to Mini LP Replica CDs.

The crème de la crème of mini paper sleeve LP replicas, and by far the largest selection in this site is the Japanese Mini LP CD.

Since mid 2007, our small team of dedicated enthusiast volunteers have uploaded near complete scans of more than 3,500 cardboard sleeve releases including over 400 official Japanese boxes and box sets. We have identified at least 13,000 Japanese Mini LP releases which we've recorded in our database and plan to build on this as new and old releases come to light.

Be sure to read our section on watching out for fakes. If you want to avoid fakes you can do no better than buy from one our known and trusted eBay sellers using our custom search.

 
What is a mini LP?

A mini LP is a CD version of something that was originally released as a 12" (12 inch) vinyl LP.

In many cases the packaging is superior to, or at least more elaborate than the majority of vinyl releases. The reason being that many follow-up vinyl releases were inferior to the first vinyl release (or at least lacked some of the extras found in the first release - such as postcards, posters, lyric sheets etc).

They are often referred to as "cardboard sleeves" and "paper sleeves" being made exclusively from paper or cardboard (other than the CD of course).  Other names and abbreviations include: "jpn lp sleeve cd" and "kami-jacket". (The last of these I guess is an indication that they are held in high esteem by many who collect them.)

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What is a promo box?

The term "promo box" is used generically to describe custom made boxes that are used to store Japanese mini LPs.

Disk Union

The majority of these boxes are created by a Japanese company "Disk Union" and they are truly promotional. They are "given away" as an incentive to people who purchase the entire set of a particular release. Each release is usually for one artist and also is usually on or around a specific date.

For example, Toshiba may release 10 mini LPs for a single artist over a period of a month or so (if not all on the same day). Disk Union purchase a set number of these and hold them in stock until the last is released. Meanwhile Disk Union create a special box using artwork usually based on, or directly derived from, one of the artist's releases.

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Mini LP Fakes and Forgeries
Led Zeppelin III discs side by side

The best way to spot a fake is to have an original and a fake side by side and compare them ... but of course we don't usually have this luxury and it's often too late before we realise.

The safest way to avoid buying a fake is to know what to look for.

The easiest way to avoid buying a fake (new and out of print) is to buy from one the numerous minilps.net verfied sellers on eBay. Our "Fake-free eBay shop" lists only releases from the major sellers that our community has checked out and confirmed as being legitimate releases. They are located in Japan, North America (USA and Canada), Western Europe (UK and Germany), Australia, China and Korea. Many of them stock current releases and ship locally for cheaper than Japanese rates.

Some recent significant fakes are the following boxes:

  1. Led Zeppelin 40th Anniversary Box
  2. Pink Floyd Oh By The Way Box
  3. Beatles in Mono
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What is an obi strip?

Obi has a couple of meanings.

On this site it IS NOT an article of Japanese clothing (a sash or belt for securing and decorating a kimono).

On this site it is the small piece of paper included with a CD or LP usually wrapped around the left hand spine of the item. (See also promo obi.)

An obi strip is, for all intents and purposes, a disposable item.  It provides information to the seller and to the buyer (mostly in Japanese) about the item being sold. Once the item has been sold to the consumer it is basically useless (it has served its purpose).

Although not strictly ephemera (disposable paper items such as postage stamps and cigarette and bubble gum cards), obis are collectable items in their own right.

To non-Japanese reading buyers, the dates on the obi provide an indication of when the item was made or became available.

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Featured Releases (A selection of...)

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Front cover (main) image of MHCP-1002 : Santana : Lotus
MHCP-1002 : 2006-06-07

Recorded in early July 1973 this album took nearly a year to make it to streets.

One of the most elaborate record covers ever produced and probably the most elaborate so far to make it to mini LP release. It is nearly impossible to capture the splendour of this on a web site but we shall try...

Front cover (main) image of YES-BOX1 : Yes : Roger Dean Box
YES-BOX1 : 1998-05-29
This ULTRA RARE promo box has the distinction of being the FIRST EVER Disk Union mini LP Promo Box!! The full title of the box is:YES ORIGINAL JACKET COLLECTION selected from ROGER DEAN WORKS. This box contained five YES mini LP CDs.
 
Front cover (main) image of SONY-BECK : Beck, Jeff : Feed Beck Amplifier Box
SONY-BECK : 2005-02-23

This unique and beautiful clam-shell style promo box contains ten Jeff Beck mini lp cds and has room to fit two more mini LPs. When flipped open, the inside of the box resembles a guitar amplifier.

Front cover (main) image of POCP-9194 to POCP-9208 & 9212/3 : Who (The) : POCP Target Obi Series
POCP-9194 to POCP-9208 & 9212/3 : 1999-09-29
The first edition of the first series of mini LPs for the Who (target obis) came with inserts that were pre-punched. A binder and T-Shirt accompanied the release. It is not clear how these were obtained but it seems likely that the small yellow coupon on the obi would have been snipped off and the folder at least was awarded on surrendering the full set of coupons.
 
Front cover (main) image of BVCM-37083 : Presley, Elvis : Elvis Presley
BVCM-37083 : 2000-01-08
This is the eponymous first album from Elvis Presley. It is the first rock & roll album to reach number one on the national charts (holding at number 1 for 20 weeks) and the first million dollar selling pop album.
Front cover (main) image of ACDC-BOX : AC/DC : Guitar Case Box
ACDC-BOX : 2008-06-01
Warner Promo Box with presenting the form of a guitar hard case. This box was received by mail in coupons. The promo set included also 2 T-Shirts.
 

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News...

ArtistRelease IDFormatTitleRelease DateNews...

(Most of the following is based on info found online in the Papersleeve sections of CDJapan).

Dylan, Bob

SICP-30482

Blu-spec CD2 (2)

Self Portrait

2014-04-23

New release (due on 2014/04/23)

Cardboard sleeve reissue from Bob Dylan features the high-fidelity Blu-spec CD2 format (compatible with standard CD player) and 2013 remastering. Comes with new liner notes. Part of a 14-album Bob Dylan cardboard sleeve reissue series features the albums "Self Portrait," "New Morning," "Greatest Hits Vol.2," "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid," "Dylan," "Planet Waves," "Before The Flood," "Blood On The Tracks," "The Basement Tapes," "Desire," "Hard Rain," "Street Legal," "Bob Dylan At Budokan," and "Slow Train Coming."

Dylan, Bob

SICP-30484

Blu-spec CD2

New Morning

2014-04-23

New release (due on 2014/04/23)

Cardboard sleeve reissue from Bob Dylan features the high-fidelity Blu-spec CD2 format (compatible with standard CD player) and the latest remastering. Comes with new liner notes. Part of a 14-album Bob Dylan cardboard sleeve reissue series features the albums "Self Portrait," "New Morning," "Greatest Hits Vol.2," "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid," "Dylan," "Planet Waves," "Before The Flood," "Blood On The Tracks," "The Basement Tapes," "Desire," "Hard Rain," "Street Legal," "Bob Dylan At Budokan," and "Slow Train Coming."

Dylan, Bob

SICP-30485

Blu-spec CD2 (2)

Greatest Hits Vol.2

2014-04-23

New release (due on 2014/04/23)

Cardboard sleeve reissue from Bob Dylan features the high-fidelity Blu-spec CD2 format (compatible with standard CD player) and the latest remastering. Comes with new liner notes. Part of a 14-album Bob Dylan cardboard sleeve reissue series features the albums "Self Portrait," "New Morning," "Greatest Hits Vol.2," "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid," "Dylan," "Planet Waves," "Before The Flood," "Blood On The Tracks," "The Basement Tapes," "Desire," "Hard Rain," "Street Legal," "Bob Dylan At Budokan," and "Slow Train Coming."

Dylan, Bob

SICP-30487

Blu-spec CD2

Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid

2014-04-23

New release (due on 2014/04/23)

Cardboard sleeve reissue from Bob Dylan features the high-fidelity Blu-spec CD2 format (compatible with standard CD player) and 2013 remastering. Comes with new liner notes. Part of a 14-album Bob Dylan cardboard sleeve reissue series features the albums "Self Portrait," "New Morning," "Greatest Hits Vol.2," "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid," "Dylan," "Planet Waves," "Before The Flood," "Blood On The Tracks," "The Basement Tapes," "Desire," "Hard Rain," "Street Legal," "Bob Dylan At Budokan," and "Slow Train Coming."

Dylan, Bob

SICP-30488

Blu-spec CD2

Dylan

2014-04-23

New release (due on 2014/04/23)

Cardboard sleeve reissue from Bob Dylan features the high-fidelity Blu-spec CD2 format (compatible with standard CD player) and 2013 remastering. Comes with new liner notes. Part of a 14-album Bob Dylan cardboard sleeve reissue series features the albums "Self Portrait," "New Morning," "Greatest Hits Vol.2," "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid," "Dylan," "Planet Waves," "Before The Flood," "Blood On The Tracks," "The Basement Tapes," "Desire," "Hard Rain," "Street Legal," "Bob Dylan At Budokan," and "Slow Train Coming."

Dylan, Bob

SICP-30489

Blu-spec CD2

Planet Waves

2014-04-23

New release (due on 2014/04/23)

Cardboard sleeve reissue from Bob Dylan features the high-fidelity Blu-spec CD2 format (compatible with standard CD player) and the latest remastering. Comes with new liner notes. Part of a 14-album Bob Dylan cardboard sleeve reissue series features the albums "Self Portrait," "New Morning," "Greatest Hits Vol.2," "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid," "Dylan," "Planet Waves," "Before The Flood," "Blood On The Tracks," "The Basement Tapes," "Desire," "Hard Rain," "Street Legal," "Bob Dylan At Budokan," and "Slow Train Coming."

Dylan, Bob

SICP-30490

Blu-spec CD2 (2)

Before The Flood

2014-04-23

New release (due on 2014/04/23)

Cardboard sleeve reissue from Bob Dylan features the high-fidelity Blu-spec CD2 format (compatible with standard CD player) and the latest remastering. Comes with new liner notes. Part of a 14-album Bob Dylan cardboard sleeve reissue series features the albums "Self Portrait," "New Morning," "Greatest Hits Vol.2," "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid," "Dylan," "Planet Waves," "Before The Flood," "Blood On The Tracks," "The Basement Tapes," "Desire," "Hard Rain," "Street Legal," "Bob Dylan At Budokan," and "Slow Train Coming."

Dylan, Bob

SICP-30492

Blu-spec CD2

Blood On The Tracks

2014-04-23

New release (due on 2014/04/23)

Cardboard sleeve reissue from Bob Dylan features the high-fidelity Blu-spec CD2 format (compatible with standard CD player) and the latest remastering. Comes with new liner notes. Part of a 14-album Bob Dylan cardboard sleeve reissue series features the albums "Self Portrait," "New Morning," "Greatest Hits Vol.2," "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid," "Dylan," "Planet Waves," "Before The Flood," "Blood On The Tracks," "The Basement Tapes," "Desire," "Hard Rain," "Street Legal," "Bob Dylan At Budokan," and "Slow Train Coming."

Dylan, Bob

SICP-30493

Blu-spec CD2 (2)

The Basement Tapes

2014-04-23

New release (due on 2014/04/23)

Cardboard sleeve reissue from Bob Dylan features the high-fidelity Blu-spec CD2 format (compatible with standard CD player) and the latest remastering. Comes with new liner notes. Part of a 14-album Bob Dylan cardboard sleeve reissue series features the albums "Self Portrait," "New Morning," "Greatest Hits Vol.2," "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid," "Dylan," "Planet Waves," "Before The Flood," "Blood On The Tracks," "The Basement Tapes," "Desire," "Hard Rain," "Street Legal," "Bob Dylan At Budokan," and "Slow Train Coming."

Dylan, Bob

SICP-30495

Blu-spec CD2

Desire

2014-04-23

New release (due on 2014/04/23)

Cardboard sleeve reissue from Bob Dylan features the high-fidelity Blu-spec CD2 format (compatible with standard CD player) and the latest remastering. Comes with new liner notes. Part of a 14-album Bob Dylan cardboard sleeve reissue series features the albums "Self Portrait," "New Morning," "Greatest Hits Vol.2," "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid," "Dylan," "Planet Waves," "Before The Flood," "Blood On The Tracks," "The Basement Tapes," "Desire," "Hard Rain," "Street Legal," "Bob Dylan At Budokan," and "Slow Train Coming."

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