At the beginning of September, a large collection of Japanese paper sleeve (kami sleeve) CD’s showed up at Amoeba Records in Hollywood. From this batch, I got 17 titles:
BUGGLES – AGE OF PLASTIC, UNIVERSAL JPN CD I’ve wanted this title for years as a paper sleeve CD!
CLARK, SONNY – COOL STRUTTIN’, TOSHIBA JPN CD jazz
CLARK, SONNY – SONNY CLARK TRIO, TOSHIBA JPN CD jazz
COUSINS, DAVE – TWO WEEKS LAST SUMMER, MUSKRAT JPN CD Strawbs
DURY, IAN / BLOCKHEADS – DO IT YOURSELF, JVC JPN CD nice large booklet
EAST OF EDEN – MERCATOR PROJECTED, UNIVERSAL JPN CD completes a set
FAITH, PERCY – MALAGUENA, SONY JPN CD EZ
FAITH, PERCY – VIVA!, SONY JPN CD EZ
FAME, GEORGIE – 20 BEAT CLASSICS, UNIVERSAL JPN CD collection
HANCOCK, HERBIE – PERFECT MACHINE, SONY JPN CD jazz
LEWIE, JONA – ON THE OTHER HAND THERE’S A FIST, VICTOR JPN CD
MORGAN, LEE – SIDEWINDER, TOSHIBA JPN CD jazz
MOTORHEAD – s/t, IMPERIAL JPN CD debut album, with bonus tracks
NEWMAN, TOM – FAERIE SYMPHONY, UNIVERSAL JPN CD with reversible cover
SILVER, HORACE – BLOWIN’ THE BLUES AWAY, TOSHIBA JPN CD jazz
SILVER, HORACE – DOIN’ THE THING, TOSHIBA JPN CD jazz
SIMON & GARFUNKEL – BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS, SONY JPN CD ’95 edition, SBM and some sort of ‘Pure Link Digital source’ mastering
There sure was a lot of jazz – and I got to look through all the jazz titles! I was stoked to get some prime Blue Note kami sleeves!
Amusingly, I have heard several stories about who assembled this collection of kami sleeves:
- A roadie for a famous artist who toured Japan a lot
- A music publisher who fancied jazz, but liked the quality of Japanese CD’s
- A crazy guy with a lot of cash
There were discs from every label, so I doubt it was a music publisher. There were lots of ‘boxes’ from Disk Union – a Japanese retail store that makes promo boxes for sets of kami sleeves. One thing’s for certain – it was a lot of Japanese paper sleeve CD’s!
I wonder if used paper sleeve CD’s in Japan have come down in price, now that everybody seems to want SHM-CD versions?