Featured Releases (A selection of...)
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...
VICP-5442,3,4 : 1994-09-21
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.
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.
UICY-93013-38 : 2006-03-16
2006 (reprinted at least once) release of Stones albums from the earliest days up to 1975. Does not include the early 70s releases.
Each album included a collector card. The backs of the cards, when laid side by side, formed the cover image of "Their Satanic Majesties Request".
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".