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Where can I buy out of print (OOP) mini LPs? E-mail

Out of print (OOP) CDs are a completely different keetle of fish

If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

eBay

For older and sold-out releases (they do ocassionally sell out very quickly) there is of course ebay.

Following you'll find links to ebay stores run by sellers who are trusted by members of the Japanese Import CDs Yahoo group. This is in no way an endorsement of these sellers....

Advice on buying

If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

There are apparently a large number of fakes and counterfeits on the market these days. I have not heard of them turning up as new items on the major sites or in land based shops.

Check the seller's rating and location. Fakes appear to be produced in China and Russia. You are advised to think carefully before buying from sellers who are located in Russia, Latvia, China and other Asian centres other than Japan. Generally sellers with a good feedback rating located in the United States, Western Europe, Australia etc are selling the real product but some fakes are very convincing and you may be best to ask the seller to check the imprinting on the centre of the CD. If they do not respond then it's probably best to skip that auction.

Note that fakes are not the same as mini LPs that are obviously Russian such as The Beatles Sgt.Peppers. Fakes look identical to the Japanese version including the obi etc. We have a few examples on the site including Aerosmith Pump and Jethro Tull Broadsword.

The Japanese Import CDs Yahoo group has discussions on dealers and ebay traders too.

It seems that many so called "limited releases" are not quite as limited as the original buyers (and investors) thought. If you see a glut of a particular item appearing on eBay the chances are the item (or something very much like it) is about to be re-released and the "investors" have decided to offload their premium items before the inivitable drop in prices. If in doubt, follow the links above (CDJapan or HMV) to see if it's coming back onto the market in the next few months.

 
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Front cover (main) image of VICP-63335 : Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) : The World Became The World
VICP-63335 : 2006-02-22
English language version of the earlier native Italian "L'Isola di niente" on ELP's Manticore label. As with the earlier English rehash of PFM's "Per un amico" the lyrics were for the most part re-written (not translated) by Pete Sinfield of King Crimson.
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 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 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 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 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/.)

 

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