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Where to buy mini LPs

eBay

At the bottom of most pages on this site you should find a box showing current ebay auctions. The auctions are either for the artist you are currently viewing (when viewing release details and images) or for mini lps in general (when viewing generic pages - such as this one).

This is not the complete list of ebay items but it does provide many of those currently for sale. At the bottom of the ebay list there is a link to show all items. Further filtering can be done once you're on the ebay site.

A small percentage of each purchase you make using these links helps keep this site up and running.

Same goes for purchases using our "fake free" eBay search.

Japanese based sellers

CDJapan - current month's new Paper Sleeve releases. Once there you can scroll through, day by day, week by week or month by month a few months passed and a few months into the future.  List based with images.  Overseas shipping is generally cheaper than HMV. Buying from CDJapan using links on this site help support the site.

Mundo Link. Japanese dealer offering a number of payment options including PayPal. The page has links to recent releases but bear in mind they are all releases - not just Mini LP.

HMV Japan - recent and future releases. Once there you can scroll through chronologically and also filter by artist's initial.  Navigation is perhaps not quite as good as CDJapan.  Image based and you need to click on image to get release date. Sometimes has stock that CDJapan does not have.

Air Mail Recordings Japan

Captain Trip

Disk Union (Only ships within Japan)

Disk Heaven (Site mostly in Japanese but they apparently ship outside Japan - hard to confirm because the "overseas orders" link is broken.)

Rare and obscure releases (new and pre-loved)

There are a few eBay sellers who have earned the respect of members of the Japanese Import CDs Yahoo group.

Two of the largest sellers on eBay have assisted and continue to assist this site (so of course they deserve special attention). Quicksilverlove

There are others who are less popular (who arguably offer exactly the same level of service on the face of it). To find out other's opinions of ebay sellers you can check their ratings on ebay (take into account how long they've been active) and you can also visit and join the Yahoo group and do a search for "ebay seller" (without the quotes).

Remember that the Yahoo group is just a group of collectors and sellers (people) and they have opinions. The bottom line is, if you want something badly enough you may have to be prepared to pay for it.

If the seller keeps his or her promises and ships quickly and with minimum fuss then the price you are prepared to pay for the item has little to do with that seller's honesty and reliability.

Also remember that many issues are re-released overtime and you may be best to wait for the reissue.

We also sell a few releases on this site.

Amazon

This link provides a search for "lp sleeve" on Amazon (buying from them using this link helps support this site). They seem to have a fair bit of old stock lying about and there's also the "Market place".

Personally I find the site nearly impossible to use these days as it continually decides that I might be interested in something other than the thing I have specifically asked for.

Also, be warned - there are a lot of fakes on Amazon. The new stock from Amazon supplied stock is fine but be wary of any cheap stock from second hand traders on Amazon. Bargain priced new items from traders are quite likely to be fakes.

Accessories (eg. plastic bags)

Sound Source CDs.

 
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Featured Releases (A selection of...)

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Front cover (main) image of MVCZ-40 : Jarrett, Keith : Death and The Flower
MVCZ-40 : 1994-03-24
One of the earliest Japanese Mini LPs coming from the second batch of K2 20bit Jazz replicas released in March 1994.
Front cover (main) image of Rush-Sector-1 : Rush : Sector 1
Rush-Sector-1 : 2011-11-21
Box 1 from a 3 boxes set. Each box is numbered. These are official releases by Universal Music. Each box set has 5 cds and 1 DVD. Each cd is in a replica mini LP sleeve. The DVD is in Surround sound. Each sliding box has a picture from 1 member of the band. On top of the boxes, you find part of the logo that is on the inside of the 2112 cd. Once you put the 3 boxes one beside another, you have the complete logo.
 
Front cover (main) image of DU-SP146.2 : Bowie, David : Space Oddity Box
DU-SP146.2 : 2007-03-07

This box was issued by Disk Union as part of the 3rd of their 3 box releases in the early 2007. You did not need to buy boxes one (Ziggy Stardust Box and Promo Obis) or two (Low Box and Promo Obis) in order to receive the Space Oddity Box. It came with Let's Dance Box and Promo Obis.

Front cover (main) image of TOCP-65883 : Jethro Tull : Thick As A Brick +2
TOCP-65883 : 2001-10-31
The undisputed classic Jethro Tull album. The first full length concept album from Ian Anderson and, according the official web site, "a rock first: one continuous song on both sides"
 
Front cover (main) image of 7243 5 51728 2 : Duran Duran : The Singles 81-85 Boxset
7243 5 51728 2 : 2003-04-22
This Boxset covers the singles of Duran Duran from 1981-1985. 13 discs including all the original B-sides. The packaging is a flip top box with each single in a mini-lp style reproduction of the original artwork from the 7" and 12".
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.

 

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News...

ArtistRelease IDFormatTitleRelease DateNews...

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

The Hollies

WPCR-15545

SHM-CD (2)

Greatest + Singles Vol.1

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

The Hollies

WPCR-15547

SHM-CD (2)

Greatest Vol.2 + Singles Vol.2

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

Gerry & The Pacemakers

WPCR-15549

SHM-CD

I'll Be There

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

Gerry & The Pacemakers

WPCR-15550

SHM-CD

Girl On A Swing

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

Terry Reid

WPCR-15551

SHM-CD

Bang. Bang You're Terry Reid +7

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

Terry Reid

WPCR-15552

SHM-CD

Terry Reid +11

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

Tomorrow

WPCR-15553

SHM-CD

Tomorrow +13

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

McGough & McGear

WPCR-15556

SHM-CD

McGough & McGear

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

Oasis

SICP 4110-2

CD x 3

Definitely Maybe

2014-05-14

New release (due on 2014/05/14)

Deluxe edition of "Definitely Maybe" from Oasis includes two bonus discs with rare tracks, live tracks, and more. Features hard-cover cardboard sleeve artwork and the latest remastering. Comes with a description, lyrics, and a 24-page booklet.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

VICP-78001

SHM-CD

Emerson, Lake & Palmer Platinum

2014-04-23

New release (due on 2014/04/23)

Cardboard sleeve reissue from Emerson, Lake & Palmer features Platinum SHM-CD format and the K2HD mastering. HR cutting. The cardboard faithfully replicates the original LP artwork (18cm square). This series features the following three albums: "Emerson, Lake & Palmer," "Tarkus," and "Pictures At An Exhibition." *Platinum SHM-CD is fully compatible with standard CD players. However, it will not play on CD players that are not compatible with CD-R (Compact Disc-Recordable) discs.

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