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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 anon-queen-opera : Queen : A Night At The Opera Box
anon-queen-opera :
Home made box featuring art work from Queen's "A Night At The Opera". Images for this box were anonymously donated to the MiniLPs site along with the assurance that only a few of these were made for close friends.
Front cover (main) image of ARC-7003 : Semiramis : Dedicato a Frazz
ARC-7003 : 2002-03-27

Rare Italian Progressive rock album from the Trident label.

Images for this release show two different types of obis for original (sticker) and reprints (paper) of this release.

 
Front cover (main) image of WPCR-13142 (fake) : Led Zeppelin : Fake Led Zeppelin - 40th Anniversary Definitive Collection (Zoso Box)
WPCR-13142 (fake) : 2009-01-01

This fake Led Zeppelin 40th Anniversary appears to be made in China. You would find it hard to pick a sealed copy of this as being anything other than than the real deal.

Inside it is also remarkably similar but has some significant, obvious differences in packaging including: (a) the CD comes in a flimsy loose fitting bag (b) Physical Graffiti has no cut out windows and (c) III (3) has no turning wheel.

The CDs also have the tell tale extra ring in the middle but this is much better disguised than usual.

Unusually for fakes these have the catalogue number and an IFPI code (CC 303) on the silver side of the disc.

Front cover (main) image of VICP-5442,3,4 : Emerson, Lake + Palmer : First True Japanese Mini LP Rock Release
VICP-5442,3,4 : 1994-09-21

The first three Emerson Lake and Palmer albums (self titled, Tarkus and Pictures at an Exhibition) are arguably the first true Rock Mini LPs. They were released on 21st September 1994.

These had been preceded by a much earlier Lotus and a US release of some Rolling Stones albums repackaged for Japan a few short months before these. Neither of these earlier releases was true to the original vinyl although the Stones came close.

The earliest true Minis were two series of MCA Jazz releases from March 1994 (MVCZ-26 to MVCZ-45) including this example: Death and The Flower.

 
Front cover (main) image of Die Cut Covers : Hall of Fame : Die Cut Covers
Die Cut Covers :

Die cutting of the cover image or inserts is probably the most common technique employed to create gimmick covers. It's probably also in most cases the cheapest.

There are thousands of die cut covers. Here are a few of the more popular and best known releases.

Front cover (main) image of WPCR-14304 : Cooper, Alice : Billion Dollar Babies
WPCR-14304 : 2011-12-21
Warner Music Japan : Cardboard sleeve (mini LP) reissue from Alice Cooper featuring the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players) and 2011 remastering. The cardboard sleeve features double jacket with an inner bag and WB moss green label. Comes with a billion-dollar bill (reprint), a description, and lyrics. Part of a twelve-album Alice Cooper SHM-CD cardboard sleeve reissue series featuring albums "Pretties For You," "Easy Action," "Love It To Death," "Killer," "Schools's Out," "Billion Dollar Babies," "Muscle Of Love," "Welcome To My Nightmare," "Goes To Hell," "Lace And Whiskey," "The Alice Cooper Show," and "From The Inside."
 

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News...

ArtistRelease IDFormatTitleRelease DateNews...

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

Caravan

UICY-40050

SHM-CD

In The Land Of Grey And Pink Platinum

2014-03-19

Release date changed to 2014-03-19

2014-02-01 : Release date changed to 2014-03-12

2013-12-20 : New release (due on 2014/02/26)

Caravan

UICY-40051

SHM-CD

For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night Platinum

2014-03-19

Release date changed to 2014-03-19

2014-02-01 : Release date changed to 2014-03-12

2013-12-20 : New release (due on 2014/02/26)

Caravan

UICY-76078

SHM-CD

In The Land Of Grey And Pink

2014-03-19

Release date changed to 2014-03-19

2014-02-01 : Release date changed to 2014-03-12

2013-12-20 : New release (due on 2014/02/26)

Caravan

UICY-76079

SHM-CD

For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night

2014-03-19

Release date changed to 2014-03-19

2014-02-01 : Release date changed to 2014-03-12

2013-12-20 : New release (due on 2014/02/26)

Grin

UICY-76080

SHM-CD

Gone Crazy

2014-03-26

Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-01 : Release date changed to 2014-03-12

2013-12-20 : New release (due on 2014/02/26)

Lofgren, Nils

UICY-76081

SHM-CD

Nils Lofgren

2014-03-26

Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-01 : Release date changed to 2014-03-12

2013-12-20 : New release (due on 2014/02/26)

Lofgren, Nils

UICY-76082

SHM-CD

Back It Up!! Nils Lofgren Live - An Authorized Bootleg

2014-03-26

Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-01 : Release date changed to 2014-03-12

2013-12-20 : New release (due on 2014/02/26)

Lofgren, Nils

UICY-76083

SHM-CD

Cry Tough

2014-03-26

Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-01 : Release date changed to 2014-03-12

2013-12-20 : New release (due on 2014/02/26)

Lofgren, Nils

UICY-76084

SHM-CD

I Came To Dance

2014-03-26

Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-01 : Release date changed to 2014-03-12

2013-12-20 : New release (due on 2014/02/26)

Lofgren, Nils

UICY-76085

SHM-CD (2)

Night After Night

2014-03-26

Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-01 : Release date changed to 2014-03-12

2013-12-20 : New release (due on 2014/02/26)

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