About Japan Mini-LP CDs: Japan mini-LP CDs are official
audiophile releases--manufactured in Japan under license to the copyright
holders--that play on all CD players. CDs made in Japan are superior in nearly
every way to those from other countries. The superb mastering (K2 20bit, K2
24bit, DSD, K2HD, HQCD, SHM, or HDCD) and technologically advanced
manufacturing facilities and methods, result in the finest sound quality
available. The Japanese packaging of classic albums in cardboard sleeve
miniature is state of the art. These mini-LPs endeavor to be precise
miniaturizations of the first pressings of the 12" LPs. Usually everything
that was present in the original LP is included, such as gatefolds, booklets,
lyric sheets, posters, printed CD sleeves, stickers, embosses, special paper or
inks, and die cuts. In nearly all mini-LP releases a detail sheet is included,
and although the text may be in Japanese, the insert will often include the
lyrics in English, which is a big plus if the original LP did not include a
lyric sheet. Japan promotional strips, also called “obi,” or stickers are
usually included with the package as a way of advertising the CD to the
Japanese buying public and includes considerable information, such as release
date, catalog number, and mastering. Limited edition promotional obis are
sometimes added by the distributor. On occasion a mini-LP CD will have bonus
tracks included that were not part of the original release. However, the notes
about the bonus tracks are never added to the album artwork, only to the spine
obi strip or the details and notes sheet, thus maintaining the integrity of the
original LP artwork.
Promotional items, such as promo boxes or promo obis, are made in Japan by
Japan record labels or Japan distributors such as Disk Union and given away as
bonus incentives to those who purchase CDs or groups of CDs before or soon
after the release date. These items are always produced in very limited
quantities, sell out quickly, are often more difficult to obtain than the CDs,
and fetch higher prices due to their scarcity. The record labels can make what
they choose regarding an artist because they own the rights. Disk Union, a
distributor, makes boxes and other promotional items by asking for and being
granted permission to use the artwork and related artist logos. Disk Union does
not sell these promotional items. These promotional items are legitimate
releases. For more information about items that are not legitimate, scroll down
to the bottom of this page.
Quicksilverlove sells many items that are new or still sealed. However, promo
boxes do not come in shrinkwrap and sometimes have sustained minor damage to
due to mishandling before they get to us--all defects are noted in the item
description. Quicksilverlove makes every effort not to buy or sell any CD that
is not graded at least “Mint Condition,” which means nearly new (see the
blue-colored grading notes below). Selling only still sealed or mint condition
mini-LP CDs means that there is no guesswork about the quality of the item that
you are buying. Rest assured that all the mini-LP CDs we sell are in mint
condition, have no scratches on the disc or rubbing on the cardboard cover,
have soft CD sleeves, and come in clear plastic sleeves that can be resealed.
(On rare occasions we may purchase an extremely uncommon mini-LP CD that is
only in near mint condition and offer it for sale. Such diversions from our
high standards are noted in the item description). In the rare event that you
purchase and receive an item that is not as described, contact us and we will
work something out. Your complete satisfaction is important to us.
SS = Still Sealed and new and
in perfect condition.
Mint = Like new but no longer still sealed.
NrMint = Lightly Used. Perhaps some rubbing or some hairlines.
VG = Plays but has seen better days.
We sell high quality CDs and we guarantee that all items are as described in
the written text. If not, we will refund your money and your return postage.
Item prices are not
negotiable. Please do not ask for side deals, discounts, reductions, different
prices, or make offers. We do not accept them and we do not respond to them.
Please note: We use photographs from a variety of sources for our listings. The
CDs and other items shown in listing photographs are not necessarily of the
exact item that you are purchasing, so read the written description carefully.
Words are more important than pictures!
We ship once per week on Wednesday. All CD's, Promo Boxes, and Box Sets are shipped well-packed in double thick
cardboard in order that your item will withstand the en route trauma inflicted
by the destructive gremlins in the postal services of the world. There is no
need to instruct us how to pack items for shipment, we have been doing this for
years and are absolutely professional about our materials and methods.
All problems you have with our service or non-arrival of goods can be resolved
with us directly. We are here to help!
>>>>>>IMPORTANT NOTE: The mini-lp market has been and
is being infiltrated by counterfeit mini-lp CDs made in Russia. These fakes,
especially when still sealed, are almost impossible to tell unless one knows
what the genuine Japan original looks like or has one for comparison. Buyers at
Disk Union have been fooled! The list of musical artists that have been
counterfeited includes: King Crimson (21st Century UICE), Rainbow (POCP), Led
Zeppelin (AMCY), Eric Clapton (UICY), Genesis (VJCP 1st edition w/ Virgin logo
on Obi), King Crimson (IECP), Jethro Tull (TOCP), Deep Purple (WPCR-1563-1577),
Black Sabbath (Victor), Creedence Clearwater Revival (VICP), Jimi Hendrix
(UICY), Beatles, Pink Floyd, and so on. This list is not complete, and new
albums are being counterfeited each month. So, BUYERS BEWARE! Purchase items
only from dealers who can be trusted to sell only genuine Japan mini-lp CDs.
Purchasing “Japan” mini-LP CDs from Russia and China is risky. There are also
many dealers in the USA, UK, Europe, and Canada that are selling fakes. If the
"Buy-It-Now" price of a mini-lp seems too good to be true, then it
may well be a counterfeit.
Also, a few dealers in places such as Hong Kong, Canada, Peru,
Thailand, and the USA are making bootleg mini-LP boxes and selling them as
legitimate promo box releases from Japan. Record labels and Disk Union in Japan
make the boxes as promotional items. The record labels can make what they want
regarding an artist because they own the rights. Disk Union, a distributor,
makes boxes and other promotional items by asking for and being granted
permission to use album artwork and related artist logos. That is the
difference between legitimate and non-legitimate promo boxes. The
non-legitimate boxes are made with stolen artwork, as these bootleggers do not
ask for and have not been granted permission from the record labels or artists.
Some of these bootleg boxes are homemade, some are factory made in China, some
pretend to be prototypes, some pretend to be made in Japan, some claim to be
limited, numbered editions. But how or where they are made makes no difference
to the central issue. The artwork is stolen, these sellers are making money
illegally, and buyers on eBay are being misled.
For more information about bootlegs &
counterfeits and to visit a great website that has detailed information about
Japan CD Mini-LPs, please cut and paste this URL for the Japan Mini-LP database
website at this web address:
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