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Hi all,

I'm starting to get a bit concerned about how many items are getting added to the site that aren't Mini-LPs in any way - someone just added a Gotan Project album and even states in the description that it isn't a Mini-LP. Shouldn't we be focusing just on Mini-LPs or items that are as close as to almost be ones (the European Peter Gabriel ones, for example)? Adding any album that comes in something other than a jewel case really unfocuses the site, in my opinion.
 
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Exaclty, only mini lps. Not digipacks or cardboard sleeves in normal cd box size.
 
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Fair enough....

Let's take stock before it goes too far. What do you think about the following?
http://www.minilps.net/digipaks-etc.html?bp_images=off

I included them for the following reasons (I'm not saying they should still be on the site):

Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! / Comparison to mini LP format (I think it's referenced in the FAQ)

Before and After Science Lithographs / Not included in mini LP and I think it should've been)

Divinyls - Divinyls (comparion - one of the first things added to the site - I will delete)

Gotan Project - La Revancha Del Tango (1001 albums to die for)

(I did not add Coltrane or Who - I'm ok if they go - it is a fine line that perhaps we should not cross)

All comments welcome.
 
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The way I see it, anything that can sit on a shelf alongside the japanese mini-lps and not look out of place should be on the site, as should anything that has been advertised as a Mini-LP but isn't (the European/US Peter Gabriel albums I mentioned before). So of that list, I'd say Coltrane is the only one that should be kept.
 
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Then I guess Neil Young's Harvest DVD-A is out. It is only half a centimetre bigger than a regular Mini but it is bigger.

The following are without doubt minis but they look pretty odd on the shelf:
big weird Banco and
Curved Air Airconditioning

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... anything that has been advertised as a Mini-LP but isn't (the European/US Peter Gabriel albums I mentioned before).

I have not seen these - are they not minis? What do they look like, how big are they and how are the CDs housed?
 
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PIL is fine - it's a replica and that's what I reckon is important. With that rule (ie. replica), Brian Eno's Thursday Afternoon should not be included because it was never (as far as I know) released on vinyl. One of the "concepts" of the album is that it's a continuous 61 minute piece - therefore could never seriously be released on vinyl (unless of course you had two turntables synchronised perfectly - but then I guess Eno would argue they would rarely be perfectly synchronised and that would become part of the whole concept etc etc etc).

Anyway, the Coltrane album mentioned in this thread is exactly the same dimensions as Gotan Project (which is part of the reason I thought Gotan qualified). The only difference is Coltrane has a replica cover inside the jewel case sized exterior (ie. same as the The Who digipak).

On the strength of that I argue that Gotan Project is closer to a replica than either The Who or Coltrane "My Favorite Things" (and I'm happy to have all 3 removed from the site on that basis).

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An album that was never on CD and yet has been released in a series of Mini-LPs absolutely should be kept - it's a Mini-LP, not necessarily an LP reproduction if you see what I mean. Anything of the standard size should be included.

If the Coltrane one isn't the right dimensions then yes, it should go too. It's hard to tell from the pictures sometimes.

As for albums that can't possibly fit the dimensions of a Mini-LP, they too should stay as long as they're genuine reproductions (XTC's Black Sea, the later Zappa albums that came in boxes..)

The Peter Gabriel ones were in a cardboard sleeve but it was a touch too small and was not a reproduction - they were all gatefold, and the designs were different. That's still worthy of being on the site because they're regularly referred to as a Mini-LP.


As a rule, I would say that in order to be on the site the item should meet one of the following criteria:

a) if it's a standard Mini-LP (obviously).
b) if it's an LP reproduction that can't fit the restrictions of the standard size.
c) if it's regularly advertised as a mini-LP on eBay and we're setting the record straight
 
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Actually that's another thing - "1001 albums to hear before you die" isn't about Japanese Mini-LPs, even if some of them have been released on Mini-LP. If it's a list based on a set of Mini-LP releases however (ie. the Impulse Top 50 series) then that's logical to include.
 
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