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Japanese Mini-LPs

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Someday, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Someday

    Someday Active Member Thread Starter

    Hi all

    Just received my first mini-lp from Japan, via ebay. I ordered a copy of Horizon really out of curiosity; I'm in the UK and it cost £24.00. Although expensive to collect, they are beautifully produced, so think I may get another ...
     
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  2. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member

    uh oh, now you're hooked for sure.
     
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  3. I've been thinking about getting some too, they are all around £20 which is pricey so I want to make sure it is worth it.. Is the disc the same design as the label on the original vinyl disc ?
     
  4. Someday

    Someday Active Member Thread Starter

    Hi Simon. That's what I've been wondering. My Horizon came with just a generic disc; plain metallic with the logo and title printed under it. I've seen photos of others, however, which do seem to replicate the original vinyl label (much preferred, obviously). In all other ways it is a solid replica, complete with "flap" sleeve, inner sleeve, & bonus lyric sheet and mini-poster :)
     
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  5. Thanks For The Info !
     
  6. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    Seems like the disk label is the most unpredictable thing about the mini-LPs. I've seen some that replicate the original exactly, and others where the rest of the package is spot-on but the disk label is slightly or vastly different. It's a crapshoot. I think some labels do it better than others.
     
  7. Nick

    Nick Member

    They are definitely worth having.

    The 30th and 35th Anniversary releases replicated the US album covers and had the labels replicated on the CD

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    The newer Japanese mini LP releases replicate the inserts/posters etc but the CD is plain

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    I love these releases. I really would love a similar US singles release...

    Nick
     
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  8. Nick

    Nick Member

    Here are a few more :)

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  9. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    These look absolutely great! Thanks for posting your pictures. Today, Lovelines and A Song For You are my favourite albums as well as sleeve covers.
     
  10. Nick

    Nick Member

    I feel the same about those two albums. I also love the Horizon cover and Carpenters (tan) album.
     
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  11. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    I love the CD label on Hush. And of course, the photos.
     
  12. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    The artwork on Hush, in particular the raindrop-streaked cover, title font and the "planetary" theme are gorgeous. Almost a forerunner to Occupants.
     
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  13. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    I wold have loved A&M to offer a "nighttime" version in blues as this seems like the sunset version in oranges.
     
  14. Sort-of like this:

    HushBlue copy.jpg
     
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  15. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    WOW, Harry! Thanks!
    Can you do your magic on the album cover??????
     
  16. Nick

    Nick Member

  17. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    WOW- it's amazing what you can do! Thanks, Harry!
     
  18. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    I've got
    Passage and Close To You...
    they are (or--at least the discs I have) replicas of virtually everything
    found in the Japanese Pressings of the original LP (inserts, posters, etc.).
    The actual cd is SHM, there is an insert which replicates the Album center design itself.
    If you can find inexpensive copies, they are nice to have !
     
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  19. Someday

    Someday Active Member Thread Starter

    'Storage boxes'? There seem to be a number of these showing up on ebay ...
     
  20. Where can the mini-LP CDs be reliably ordered from?
     
  21. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    If you look down further, it mentions that the 1996 Remaster was used. So it is the 1978 album in terms of track order, but its the Christmas Collection version. It's too bad that Richard or Universal don't just borrow a West German CD printing from someone and use that as the master. Sure, its not the quality of the original tapes, or do they have the ability to make the recordings any clearer, but still, the West Germany CD is a high-quality digital LPCM copy of the original analog tapes that no longer exist.
     
  22. Got it. Thanks for clarifying; too good to be true.
     

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