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Japanese Mini LPs The creme de la creme of Mini LPs - Japanese
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by gakBleagueKam | 04/22/2016 15:08 Show most recent message
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This is where you can ask (and answer) any questions about specific releases, artists and/or series of releases.
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by dgenda | 10/08/2013 12:08 Show most recent message
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Up and coming releases from Japan
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by ukfluffer | 11/16/2016 23:10 Show most recent message
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Re-releases of note
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by sam2095 | 04/04/2012 15:40 Show most recent message
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Fraudulent copies of Japanese releases. Imitations of official Japanese Mini LP releases. Also alerts about suspicious activity on eBay.
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by Almaazaar | 02/08/2016 04:15 Show most recent message
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A number of posts with some excellent links to other sites we've collected over time. Enjoy!
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by summer68 | 10/02/2014 08:57 Show most recent message
Other Mini LPs All mini releases (official or otherwise) outside Japan.
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United States, Europe, Australia etc
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by sirdan57 | 09/05/2011 23:38 Show most recent message
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Releases from known or unknown sources, arguably legal or illegal, that do not pretend to be Japanese (well, not quite). For example, Russian releases with Japanese vinyl replica obis and Russian releases with Russian "obis".
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by Igor Ryabov | 01/26/2012 23:28 Show most recent message
Promo Boxes Boxes released by record companies, Disk Union or someone out to make a dollar or two
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Boxes released by Disk Union as a reward for purchasing a full set of releases
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by 07lemlud | 07/03/2010 00:24 Show most recent message
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Boxes released by record labels. These may have been as promotional items (eg. return the coupons to get the box) or as a box set.
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by kigonjiro | 11/03/2007 04:59 Show most recent message
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For better or worse - boxes of unknown origin or very limited quantity.
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Items you have made yourself or you've acquired that you know to be home made for love or profit.
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by Shetaccilla | 03/22/2012 06:59 Show most recent message
Music For the love of music....
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by KeithD | 07/03/2008 07:20 Show most recent message
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Discussion about the final product - what we really hear on the CD
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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 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 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.

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 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 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.
 

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