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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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Front cover (main) image of UICY-93013-38 : Rolling Stones (The) : In the 60's
UICY-93013-38 : 2006-03-16

2006 (reprinted at least once) release of Stones albums from the earliest days up to 1975. Does not include the early 70s releases.

Each album included a collector card. The backs of the cards, when laid side by side, formed the cover image of "Their Satanic Majesties Request".

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-SP110-0412P : Marley, Bob : Catch A Fire Box (Zippo Lighter)
DU-SP110-0412P : 2006-10-04
Zippo lighter gimmick box in the style of "Catch a Fire"
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 Caroline-2008 : Various Artists : Caroline Records 2009 US Releases
Caroline-2008 : 2008-08-05

In late 2008 Caroline Records in the USA released a number of albums by the following artists: UFO, Jethro Tull, Quicksilver Messenger, Brian Eno, Roxy Music, The Raspberries, Kate Bush, Blondie, The Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Van Der Graaf Generator (full list below).

Unlike the suspect Universal releases these are 100% Japanese. The only difference between these and the Japanese (apart from being as much as 50% cheaper) is a sticker on the bar code of the obi.

As at March 2009 most of these are still available at Amazon.

Front cover (main) image of DU-BOX045 : Emerson, Lake + Palmer : Tarkus Box and Obis
DU-BOX045 : 2005-09-28

Tarkus promo box and obis released to accompany the first K2 24 bit release of the first five ELP albums.

The artwork is darker than the album cover. It came with 6 promo obis, 2 for Trilogy.

Some of the images shown here include all but one of the Tarkus Mini LP releases spanning 1994 - 2008

 

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