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VICTOR VICP-60637

Mini-LP CD, booklet with additional infos, lyric sheet in English and Japanese language, pink obi, manufactured and
distributed by Victor Entertainment Inc. Tokyo, 20 bit K2 mastering. Comes in a cardboard-box that was released to
promote the VICP-606xx series. It was made to house only Brain Salad Surgery. Made by Disc Union.

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VICTOR VICP-62118

Mini-LP CD, booklet with additional infos, lyric sheet in English and Japanese language, pink obi, back info of the
obi was placed on shrinkwrap as a sticker (long and rectangular), manufactured
by Victor Inc. Tokyo

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Mini-LP CD, booklet with additional infos, lyric sheet English/Japanese language, pink obi with promotional sticker
on backside, back info of the obi was placed on shrinkwrap as a sticker (long and rectangular),
manufactured by Victor Inc. Tokyo

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VICTOR VICP-63175

Mini-LP CD, booklet with additional infos, lyric sheet in English and Japanese language, golden obi, manufactured
and distributed by Victor Entertainment Inc. Tokyo, K2 HD coding. This CD is also a part of the Tarkus collectors box,
released in September 2005. This box contains the first five albums, all in K2 HD coding and with additional
promotional Obi stripes.

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This CD is K2 high definition coding & 24 bit 100 khz. A technology explanation and a sound demonstration
in comparison to a regularly mastered track will be provided for the K2HD (High Definition) Mastering Technology.
This technology offers fidelity to the master tracks, the outcome of the sensitivity and technique of mastering
engineers, by using 24-bit high-resolution information, and a wide frequency range that extends up to 100 kHz,
based on K2HD coding technology. Victor Entertainment Inc. has taken K2HD mastering beyond its own
label CDs, and aims to expand high-quality CD sound based on FLAIR mastering service used in the
Victor Studio by offering the service to other music companies around the world.


VICTOR VICP-63180

Mini-LP CD, booklet with additional infos, lyric sheet in English and Japanese language, pink obi,
manufactured and distributed by Victor Entertainment Inc. Tokyo, 20 bit K2 mastering

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VICTOR VICP-64238

Mini-LP CD, two info-sheets in Japanese language, red obi '80th anniversary of Victor Music',
manufactured and distributed by Victor Entertainment Inc. Tokyo, K2 HD coding. This CD is
also a part of the Pictures At An Exhibition collectors box, released in June 2008. This box
contains the first five albums, all in K2 HD coding.

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VICTOR VICP-64566

Mini-LP CD, foldout poster-sheet, lyric sheet in English and Japanese language, silver obi,
SHM-CD (Super High Material Compact Disc), manufactured and distributed by
Victor Entertainment Inc. Tokyo, 20 bit K2 mastering

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VICTOR VICP-70152

Mini-LP CD, SHM-CD (Super High Material Compact Disc), additional bonus tracks, manufactured
and distributed by Victor Entertainment Inc. Tokyo. This CD is also a part of the ELP collectors box
(Disc Union box 349), released in June 2010 and containing the first five albums (VICP-70148~52).

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The past SHM-CD material that Universal Music and Victer developed is new high sound quality CD to
which the transparency is improved in addition by using the polycarbonate resin of the liquid
crystal panel usage of the variety. This is the new future of CD... Can be played on any audio
player and delivers unbelievably high-quality sound! You wouldn't believe it's the same CD...!


VICTOR VICP-75061

Mini-LP CD, K2 HD+HQ Mastering, additional bonus tracks, manufactured and distributed by
Victor Entertainment Inc. Tokyo. This CD is also a part of the Tarkus collectors box
(Disc Union box 439), released in May 2012 and containing the first five albums (VICP-75057~61).

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Mini-LP CD, K2 HD+HQ Mastering, additional bonus tracks, manufactured and distributed by
Victor Entertainment Inc. Tokyo. Promotional copy.

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K2HD MASTERING + HQ realizes to pack the original attractive sound quality brought out by
K2HD Mastering into HQ(High Quality)CD with sound information in a very wide frequency and
high resolution. HQ(High Quality)CD is the advanced audio CD developed by Memory-Tech
Corporation. HQCD has high quality polycarbonate which is used for LC TVs and plastic lenses.
With this new material, high-precise pit transcription can be achieved. Its high transparency and
low birefringence also contribute to advanced audio quality.
In addition, silver alloy is utilized as a reflective layer material of HQCD. This material was originally
developed for HD DVD by Memory-Tech Corporation and they took advantage of such know-how
and technology for HQCD. The reflectivity of silver alloy is considered much better than the conventional
aluminum. The reflective layer of silver alloy has superior durability, heat and light resistance and is very
suitable for car audio system as well. These features brought from superior materials realize high sound
quality close to the original master sources.


VICTOR VICP-78024

Mini-LP Platinum SHM-CD, K2 HD+HR Mastering, additional bonus tracks, 7" die-cut cardboard sleeve, manufactured and distributed by Victor Entertainment Inc. Tokyo. This CD is also a part of a collectors box by Disc Union, released in September 2014 and containing the albums Trilogy, Brain Salad Surgery and Welcome Back my Friends... (VICP-78023~26).

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Platinum SHM-CD is the ultimate compact disc utilizing the platinum in place of the aluminum to form the reflective coating in addition to the proven SHM-CD technology. Platinum (Pt1000) reflection film, HR (High Resolution) cutting. Turquoise blue label disc. Can play on all CD players.



Replica CDs are official audiophile releases manufactured in Japan with incredible attention to detail.
CDs made in Japan are revered by collectors and specialists for their very clean sound, production
quality, and they are superior in nearly every way to pressings from other countries. The Japanese
packaging of classic albums in cardboard sleeve miniature is a wonder to behold. Mini-LP CD albums
are like precious stones or perfectly cut diamonds. The superb mastering (often 20 Bit, 24 Bit, K2,
DSD, or HDCD) and resultant sound quality is superior to that of MFSL releases. Replicas are often
the nearly exact duplications of the first pressings of the 12" LPs and everything that was present
in the original LP may be included such as gatefolds, booklets, lyric sheets, posters, printed CD
sleeves, stickers, embosses, special paper or inks, and die cuts. In nearly all replica 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 them. Japan promotional strips,
also called 'Obi', are usually included with the package as a way of advertising the CD to the
Japanese buying public. On occasion a replica CD will have bonus tracks included that were
part of a later CD release. However, the notes about the bonus tracks are never added to the
album artwork, only the promotional strip or the detail sheet. Thus the integrity of the original
LP artwork is maintained.

Replica CDs are not officially for sale outside Japan, but they are worth the trouble and cost to get them.
Replica CDs are expensive in Japan. New releases of replica CDs cost anywhere from $20 to $40 a
piece (boxsets from $100 to $400) and Japanese law forbids putting 'new' CDs on sale or selling at
any price other than listed on the Obi (promotional strip). Most replica CDs are manufactured in
a limited quantity and sell out quite quickly after release. Because of this replica CDs are splendid
keepsakes that hold their value and will likely continue to be items sought by collectors.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The mini-lp market 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. Purchasing Japan mini-LP
CDs from Russia, Finland, Hong Kong, and China is risky. There are also dealers in the USA, UK,
and Canada that are selling fakes. If the price of a mini-lp seems too good to be true, then it may
well be a counterfeit. The easiest way to tell a fake is by comparison to the genuine Japan mini-lp CD.
However, there are a few remarable signs:
1. The album sleeve color is not accurate and is a bit hazy
2. The paper type and quality of the obi and the insert is not the same. The color is usually off because
the original materials from the Japanese mini-LP has been scanned in order to make the copy, so the
copy tends to be fuzzy or darker
3. The cardboard used to make the so-called paper sleeve is never the same high quality as the
genuine Japanese mini-LP
4. The printing on the disc is generally off-center and off-color
5. The Russian fake CDs do not have the correct matrix or catalogue numbers burned onto the
playing side of the disc
(source: Darius Firethorne, Japan).





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