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One Format Masquerading as Another

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Summer of Malcontent, Jun 8, 2021 at 9:38 PM.

  1. Summer of Malcontent

    Summer of Malcontent Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I just received the Japanese CD of Beck's Hyperspace (2020) and was surprised and charmed to find it was packaged as a 7" single, with the CD mounted on a 7" cardboard disc.
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    I was wondering what other examples there were of one format being packaged as if it were another.

    From my own collection, I can think of E.A.R.'s Pocket Symphony, a CD-sized vinyl disc:
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    21 Beggars Banquet, a promo-only complete cover of the Rolling Stones album, issued to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the label of the same name. This was a CD masquerading as a vinyl album (the disc mounted on a board inside a gatefold cover):
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    And there's the bonus cassette that came with Numero Group's wonderful Scharpling & Wurster box set, which turned out not to be a cassette at all, but a USB pretending to be one:
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    What have you got?
     
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  2. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    what's the point? Oh yea, faux vinyl...damn, they sure know marketing...what about the people that can't stand vinyl and have to be stuck with a 7" waste of space that doesn't fit on the CD shelf...after all one is buying a CD not not a 7" waste of plastic....pointless.
     
  3. Summer of Malcontent

    Summer of Malcontent Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Fun?
     
  4. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    for what?
     
  5. CHALKERS

    CHALKERS Forum Resident

    Location:
    Abingdon
    I really like the Japanese mini-lp 'vinyl replicas' but I have to agree with Michael, I don't see the point in excessively large packaging with no extra content. It's the same reason why I dislike these oversized box sets (some don't even fit on normal book shelves). If I want a format to mimic another I'd like it to be scaled down to the size of the format that it actually is.
     
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  6. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    you totally get it...' )
     
  7. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Perth Australia
    I imagine lots of people bought this

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    only to find when they opened the box, instead of a nice tie and handkerchief, all they got was a bloody vinyl album.
     
  8. jimod99

    jimod99 Daddy or chips?

    Location:
    Vienna, Austria
    The Damned's "Alone Again Or" cd single released in 1987 was in a regular 7" sleeve with the cd held in an extra large holder inside the sleeve.
     
  9. Tim 2

    Tim 2 MORE MUSIC PLEASE

    Location:
    Alberta Canada
    Not fitting on one of my CD shelves would suck.
     
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  10. Tim 2

    Tim 2 MORE MUSIC PLEASE

    Location:
    Alberta Canada
    LOL :biglaugh:
     
  11. Rycherocker634

    Rycherocker634 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Japan has done that a fair amount over the the years. I bought a Def Leppard Hysteria in the 90's, mainly hoping it had Ride into the Sun or rRng of Fire on it.
     
  12. octophone

    octophone immaterial girl

    Location:
    Scotland
    I have a few 7" sleeves with CDs inside. I also have a 1LP and 3CD set inside a standard 2LP gatefold sleeve - the CDs are slotted into a 12" square piece of card.
     
  13. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    exactly what I'm sayin'
     
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  14. Turnaround

    Turnaround Member your mama warned you about

    Location:
    New York
    Boys Noize & Erol Alkan's "Lemonade" is a 12" vinyl record that is a picture disc made to look like a CD-R

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  15. Rycherocker634

    Rycherocker634 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Minneapolis
    I have plenty of titles that do not fit on my CD shelves because of odd packaging.
     
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  16. Summer of Malcontent

    Summer of Malcontent Forum Resident Thread Starter

    That's a great example, and it reminded me that the original die-cut sleeve of New Order's 'Blue Monday' was designed to look like a giant floppy disc:
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  17. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Location:
    Central PA
    Which is fine with me, because they don't go at all with my trousers. :mad:
     
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  18. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Location:
    Central PA
    I'm always amused at a new purchase of a 4.0, 1970's quad recording from Dutton Vocalion, that comes to me on the same medium I used to find even higher-quality 5.1 mixes of albums that still may have been 2 or 3 decades older that the purchases I'd made in the 'aughts.
     
  19. hi_watt

    hi_watt The Road Warrior

    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Love that!
     
  20. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Perth Australia
    It's your trousers that are at fault. ;)
     
  21. mr.datsun

    mr.datsun Incompletist

    Location:
    London
    Pull it off the card and stick it in a cd jewelcase. And then throw the packaging away if it annoys you so much. No one is forcing you to buy it, and it comes in standard format cases too.
     
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  22. newelectricmuse

    newelectricmuse charm, strangeness and quark

    Location:
    London
    ...then there were other people who bought this
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    only to find that it contained just one Monty Python compilation LP!
     
  23. Haristar

    Haristar Apollo C. Vermouth

    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    I just thought it was a bit of fun, but now that you put it that way...
     
  24. octophone

    octophone immaterial girl

    Location:
    Scotland
    That is SUPER cool! Love it.
     
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  25. mr.datsun

    mr.datsun Incompletist

    Location:
    London
    Here's one. A single masquerading as a CD.

    GoodiePal's Mort Aux Vaches

    Inside this yellow foam-rubber double folded CD case (with brass split-pin paper-fastener through the middle holding the inerds in place):

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    you get your CD :

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    and a 5" CD-sized single:

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