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Latest and future releases

See our list of known scheduled releases and recent releases.

Japanese Paper Sleeve Exploration Party

Words fail me on this one - because I cannot read Japanese. Being Japanese based you're likely to see the latest - hot off the presses - images of releases.

Japanese Paper Sleeve Wiki

Japanese Wiki containing most(?) releases made on mini LP in Japan (thanks to Chris V for pointing this one out).

Collectorshelp Record and CD Grading System

A fairly straightforward out and simple system originally for vinyl releases but easily adapted and applicable for replicas.

There is one notable point in this site's grading system that I disagree with.  They state that "the [jewel] boxes are not graded as they can be replaced".  There are certain CD cases (eg. green Ryko, plastic cases around the old style Rolling Stones replicas) that are near impossible to replace.

Collectorshelp Glossary of Record and CD Collecting Terms

An extensive glossary of terms used when describing CDs, vinyl, packaging, grading, technology etc. Definitions ranging from 12" to Zine.

Miscellaneous (subject specific) Links

Progressive Rock

While Japanese Mini LPs are by no means restricted to the area of "Progressive Rock" it seems that the Japanese have a particular passion for this style of music. This is an assumption based on the fact that many Japanese mini LPs have been released in this genre. More information about this music (and therefore about the music behind many of the releases you find on this site) can be found at the The Gnosis Project.

Pink Floyd and other Japanese CDs

Lucilio Batini's collection of many first pressing Japanese Mini LPs and other (non-mini) Japanese CD releases. Contains most Floyd's (including Disk Union promo obis) along with many other Mini LPs including Yes, Led Zeppelin, Tull and more.

Complete Pink Floyd Discography

Huge Pink Floyd site includes extensive country by country discography of Pink Floyd releases.

Pink Floyd Matrix and IFPI Numbers

Details most official Pink Floyd releases from around the world with details of matrix and IFPI numbers. Useful given that most Floyd CDs do not have the TOCP number stamped on the legitemate CDs.

Zappa Completist's Guide

Exhaustively exhausting.

 
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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 anon-queen-opera : Queen : A Night At The Opera Box
anon-queen-opera :
Home made box featuring art work from Queen's "A Night At The Opera". Images for this box were anonymously donated to the MiniLPs site along with the assurance that only a few of these were made for close friends.
 
Front cover (main) image of BoxesWho : Who (The) : Promo Boxes
BoxesWho :

Over the years a number of promotional boxes have been released for "The Who". These have included "Manufacturer", "Disk Union" and "Indeterminate Origin".

Here is a selection...

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.
 
 

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