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The Mini LP Format turns 15 E-mail
ELP's first three albums - the first ever true Japanese mini LPs

21st September 2009 marked the 15th anniversary of the Mini LP format - or did it?

Victor's release of Emerson, Lake and Palmer's first three albums (their first self titled album, Tarkus and Pictures at an Exhibition) appears to have been the first Japanese home grown rock release that attempted to accurately reproduce the original vinyl jackets.

These had been preceeded by a much earlier Santana 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 jury's still out on this one, but it seems likely that "Universal Victor" released two sets of jazz releases: MVCZ-26 to MVCZ-35 on 1994-March-02 and MVCZ-36 to MVCZ-45 on 1994-March-24 (see Keith Jarrett, Death and the Flower (MVCZ-40) for an example).

 
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Front cover (main) image of VICP-5442,3,4 : Emerson, Lake + Palmer : First True Japanese Mini LP Rock Release
VICP-5442,3,4 : 1994-09-21

The first three Emerson Lake and Palmer albums (self titled, Tarkus and Pictures at an Exhibition) are arguably the first true Rock Mini LPs. They were released on 21st September 1994.

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.

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 UICY-93980 : Stewart, Rod : Sing It Again Rod +5
UICY-93980 : 2009-02-25
Rod's first 'greatest hits' album with a fantastic, die-cut sleeve.
Front cover (main) image of MVCZ-40 : Jarrett, Keith : Death and The Flower
MVCZ-40 : 1994-03-24
One of the earliest Japanese Mini LPs coming from the second batch of K2 20bit Jazz replicas released in March 1994.
 
Front cover (main) image of SONY-BECK : Beck, Jeff : Feed Beck Amplifier Box
SONY-BECK : 2005-02-23

This unique and beautiful clam-shell style promo box contains ten Jeff Beck mini lp cds and has room to fit two more mini LPs. When flipped open, the inside of the box resembles a guitar amplifier.

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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(Most of the following is based on info found online in the Papersleeve sections of CDJapan).

The Hollies

WPCR-15545

SHM-CD (2)

Greatest + Singles Vol.1

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

The Hollies

WPCR-15547

SHM-CD (2)

Greatest Vol.2 + Singles Vol.2

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

Gerry & The Pacemakers

WPCR-15549

SHM-CD

I'll Be There

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

Gerry & The Pacemakers

WPCR-15550

SHM-CD

Girl On A Swing

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

Terry Reid

WPCR-15551

SHM-CD

Bang. Bang You're Terry Reid +7

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

Terry Reid

WPCR-15552

SHM-CD

Terry Reid +11

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

Tomorrow

WPCR-15553

SHM-CD

Tomorrow +13

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

McGough & McGear

WPCR-15556

SHM-CD

McGough & McGear

2014-04-09

Release date changed to 2014-04-09

2014-02-14 : Release date changed to 2014-03-26

2014-02-12 : New release (due on 2014/03/12)

Oasis

SICP 4110-2

CD x 3

Definitely Maybe

2014-05-14

New release (due on 2014/05/14)

Deluxe edition of "Definitely Maybe" from Oasis includes two bonus discs with rare tracks, live tracks, and more. Features hard-cover cardboard sleeve artwork and the latest remastering. Comes with a description, lyrics, and a 24-page booklet.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

VICP-78001

SHM-CD

Emerson, Lake & Palmer Platinum

2014-04-23

New release (due on 2014/04/23)

Cardboard sleeve reissue from Emerson, Lake & Palmer features Platinum SHM-CD format and the K2HD mastering. HR cutting. The cardboard faithfully replicates the original LP artwork (18cm square). This series features the following three albums: "Emerson, Lake & Palmer," "Tarkus," and "Pictures At An Exhibition." *Platinum SHM-CD is fully compatible with standard CD players. However, it will not play on CD players that are not compatible with CD-R (Compact Disc-Recordable) discs.

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