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What is a 12" LP Replica CD? E-mail

Fact: It is a full sized (12 inches square) LP replica cover with a standard CD inside. A full size copy of the original vinyl cover.  The CD is mounted on a piece of cardboard which is slotted into the sleeve instead of the vinyl. It is also known as a "Deka-Jake" ("big jacket").

12 inch CD replica of Elton John\'s Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadOpinion (by sam2095): Disappointing marketing gimmick. 

I have only bought one of these, as much to see what it was like as anything else.  Goodbye Yellow Brick Road as pictured.

I didn't expect too much and even with that scepticism I was disappointed.

It's exactly the same as if you'd found a mint version of the original LP cover, bought a standard issue CD, mounted it on a piece of plain white cardboard and put it into the cover where the vinyl used to go.

To be fair, it's not that easy to find a mint condition LP cover - but then I suspect that there is a parallel vinyl release when these come out so you may do better to buy that (likely to be more expensive I guess).

The most disappointing thing about what I bought was that the plastic cover that it's housed in has the sticky surface on the flap and not on the bag outer.  In this way, when you go to put the cover back into the plastic housing it sticks on the flap... Very poorly thought out engineering.  Also, there was no obi (not too important to me but I thought it worth mentioning).

 
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Front cover (main) image of WPCR-13142 (fake) : Led Zeppelin : Fake Led Zeppelin - 40th Anniversary Definitive Collection (Zoso Box)
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.

Front cover (main) image of WPCR-13295 : Talking Heads : Speaking In Tongues (+2)
WPCR-13295 : 2009-01-14

Fifth studio album, featuring Talking Heads only US Top Ten hit, Burning Down The House (including an alternative version as a bonus, and an unfinished outtake of Two Note Swivel).

This version is a reproduction of the limited edition clear vinyl version designed by artist Robert Rauschenberg, who won a Grammy Award for his work.

 
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 UICY-93013-38 : Rolling Stones (The) : In the 60's
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".

 
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.
Front cover (main) image of MHCP-1002 : Santana : Lotus
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...

 

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