Happy birthday Jean Luc Ponty (1942) and Mark Farner (of Grand Funk Railroad) (1948)!
I am usually always astounded at the detail of Japanese paper sleeve CD’s. In some instances, you get almost as many bonus tracks as the original album (certainly the title I am currently most impressed with “The Animals” has 23 tracks to the original LP’s 12 tracks, including some previously unreleased material)!
Or we could go in the direction of The Who “Live At Leeds” CD, which has 8 bonus tracks – and very careful attention to detail fully reproduced packaging, all the way down to a miniature of the infamous poster! This looks so much like a UK original LP, there is even a miniature staple holding the cover together!
Another Who title I was impressed with is the 2CD “My Generation”, which (separately) reproduces both the US & UK covers! That’s right – included is “The Who Sings My Generation” US LP in miniature, and in stereo! This title has all 30 tracks usually associated with this release; I also have an SA-CD of it with all 30 tracks on one disc!
I also found on this last trip to Tokyo “Sticky Fingers” by The Rolling Stones with an actual zipper on the cover! And the copy I found has a “Rock Age” obi included, courtesy of Disk Union. (This one was actually generated by Toshiba, a company that no longer exists).
I also dragged back a whole set of Electric Light Orchestra titles (I actually already has the first album and “ELO 2”); 11 albums of E.L.O.! Each complete with all original packaging. Alas, no “Best of” in this batch!
In the non-paper sleeve world, I found some humorous bootleg CD’s: Kevin Ayers / Caravan and Hatfield & The North 2CD set “The Canterbury Tapes” – great sound! ; Bill Bruford “Back To The Edge” 2CD from the Uptown Theatre, Kansas City July 11th, 1980. 11 tracks of Dave Stewart, Jeff Berlin, Bill Bruford and “the unknown” John Clark! Stereo, soundboard (or broadcast?) recording.
The store I found those bootleg CD’s in actually had a progressive rock section to look through!
Last to mention, I found a bootleg Blu-ray David Bowie “David Bowie Is” disc – proving that the bootleggers are trying to keep up with things.