Featured Releases (A selection of...)
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".
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.
Caroline-2008 : 2008-08-05
In late 2008 Caroline Records in the USA released a number of albums by the following artists: UFO, Jethro Tull, Quicksilver Messenger, Brian Eno, Roxy Music, The Raspberries, Kate Bush, Blondie, The Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Van Der Graaf Generator (full list below).
Unlike the suspect Universal releases these are 100% Japanese. The only difference between these and the Japanese (apart from being as much as 50% cheaper) is a sticker on the bar code of the obi.
As at March 2009 most of these are still available at Amazon.