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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.
EMICD-11228 : 2007-11-26
16 CD box set - being 14 studio albums including 2 doubles.
According to Pink Floyd Brain Damage site there were a few glitches with this release, the most notable being a misprinting of the inner bag for the second CD in "The Wall".
There are also cases of an album being missed out and duplicates in their places.
The later Japanese release of this box set is basically identical to this box set.
Poor quality fakes exist for this set - more details below.
The original Japanese individual releases are regarded as being of a much higher quality to either of these box sets.
You can see a YouTube video of this set on the videos page.
WPCR-13142 (fake) : 2009-01-01
This fake Led Zeppelin 40th Anniversary appears to be made in China. You would find it hard to pick a sealed copy of this as being anything other than than the real deal.
Inside it is also remarkably similar but has some significant, obvious differences in packaging including: (a) the CD comes in a flimsy loose fitting bag (b) Physical Graffiti has no cut out windows and (c) III (3) has no turning wheel.
The CDs also have the tell tale extra ring in the middle but this is much better disguised than usual.
Unusually for fakes these have the catalogue number and an IFPI code (CC 303) on the silver side of the disc.
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.