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Latest and future releases

See our list of known scheduled releases and recent releases.

Japanese Paper Sleeve Exploration Party

Words fail me on this one - because I cannot read Japanese. Being Japanese based you're likely to see the latest - hot off the presses - images of releases.

Japanese Paper Sleeve Wiki

Japanese Wiki containing most(?) releases made on mini LP in Japan (thanks to Chris V for pointing this one out).

Collectorshelp Record and CD Grading System

A fairly straightforward out and simple system originally for vinyl releases but easily adapted and applicable for replicas.

There is one notable point in this site's grading system that I disagree with.  They state that "the [jewel] boxes are not graded as they can be replaced".  There are certain CD cases (eg. green Ryko, plastic cases around the old style Rolling Stones replicas) that are near impossible to replace.

Collectorshelp Glossary of Record and CD Collecting Terms

An extensive glossary of terms used when describing CDs, vinyl, packaging, grading, technology etc. Definitions ranging from 12" to Zine.

Miscellaneous (subject specific) Links

Progressive Rock

While Japanese Mini LPs are by no means restricted to the area of "Progressive Rock" it seems that the Japanese have a particular passion for this style of music. This is an assumption based on the fact that many Japanese mini LPs have been released in this genre. More information about this music (and therefore about the music behind many of the releases you find on this site) can be found at the The Gnosis Project.

Pink Floyd and other Japanese CDs

Lucilio Batini's collection of many first pressing Japanese Mini LPs and other (non-mini) Japanese CD releases. Contains most Floyd's (including Disk Union promo obis) along with many other Mini LPs including Yes, Led Zeppelin, Tull and more.

Complete Pink Floyd Discography

Huge Pink Floyd site includes extensive country by country discography of Pink Floyd releases.

Pink Floyd Matrix and IFPI Numbers

Details most official Pink Floyd releases from around the world with details of matrix and IFPI numbers. Useful given that most Floyd CDs do not have the TOCP number stamped on the legitemate CDs.

Zappa Completist's Guide

Exhaustively exhausting.

 
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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 VC 04-17 : Beatles (The) : Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
VC 04-17 : 2002-01-01

Russian mini LP of the 1967 album from the Fab Four. Nice reproduction including a full black CD replica of the original vinyl disc.

 
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 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 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 BVCM-37083 : Presley, Elvis : Elvis Presley
BVCM-37083 : 2000-01-08
This is the eponymous first album from Elvis Presley. It is the first rock & roll album to reach number one on the national charts (holding at number 1 for 20 weeks) and the first million dollar selling pop album.
 

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