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Where can I buy new release mini LPs? E-mail

There are a number of places where you can buy mini LPs when they are first released.  Some argue that you're best to buy online from a Japanese website. One of the reasons for doing this is because new releases often sell out quickly, sometimes before the actual release date!

Online from Japan

The major additional costs you may incur buying online from Japan are:

  1. Shipping.  Some shops ship via courier which can be prohibitively expensive (although arguably safer). Shop around and include the cost in your calculations;
  2. Import Taxes and Duties.  Depending on your local customs, you may get hit for this every now and then.  It can add a significant additional cost especially if your local authority hit you with a fine or an administration fee.

The two major online sellers are:

  1. CDJapan (current month's new Paper Sleeve releases); and
  2. HMV (Japan) (recent and soon to be released).

They don't always get all releases (I don't know why - I guess it has to do with relationships between the manufacturer and retailer) so check both.

Local Businesses

Supporting local businesses is always a good idea - the more we support them the more likely they are to get interesting items in stock. It's always nice to look at the item before you buy it.

Australia Redeye Based in Sydney but they sell online to anywhere in the world. Let them know we told you about them.
US CDUniverse Here is a link to their Japanese Mini LP releases. Once there you will have to trawl through lists - hopeless search capabilities if you're looking just for minis.
US Amazon.com Amazon don't have a huge stock and it's really hard, confusing and annoying to find the mini LPs. Also there are lots of fakes and cheap Russian copies (from market sellers). Try this link for a search of mostly mini lp sleeves.

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Front cover (main) image of EMER-BOX1 : Emerson, Lake + Palmer : Brain Salad Surgery Box
EMER-BOX1 : 2002-11-21

Front opening promo box and obis from Disk Union came with first five albums in 20 bit K2 : VICP-62114 to VICP-62118

(Images courtesy of The Brain Salad Surgery site http://www.brain-salad-surgery.de/.)

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 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 UICY-93980 : Stewart, Rod : Sing It Again Rod +5
UICY-93980 : 2009-02-25
Rod's first 'greatest hits' album with a fantastic, die-cut sleeve.
 
Front cover (main) image of UICY-9522 (fake) : Aerosmith : Pump (Real of Fake?)
UICY-9522 (fake) :

Here is a comparison between a genuine official copy of Aerosmith Pump made by Universal and a Russian counterfeit copy. In the picture, the real one is on the left and the fake is on the right.

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"
 

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