That's right, you heard right, the name of this auction is Frank Zappa COMPLETE JAPANESE MINI-LP SET.
Item details, from top to bottom:
1x "Zappa In The Box" (VACK-9001-9010) set including:
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (2 CD), Make A Jazz Noise Here (2 CD), Lather (3 CD), Mystery Disc, You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Volumes 1-6 (2 CDs each) & You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Sampler Sleeve (no CD, just promotional).
Please note in picture 6 the slight wear to the back of the box. Unfortunate, but thankfully not display side or especially serious. I haven't seen a copy of this since I bought it.
Including filler box (which acts as the OBI strip on this release). The box is large enough to house the entire Zappa Mini-LP collection comfortably as pictured - yes, including the titles from...
1x "Later Works: Frank Zappa Papersleeve Final Edition" set (VACK-5914/5920) featuring:
Does Humor Belong In Music?, Playground Psychotics, Ahead Of Their Time, The Yellow Shark, The Lost Episodes & Have I Offended Someone? (1 CD each)
Includes OBI for box (individual items did not have OBIs, which is unfortunate as it breaks up the consistency of the spines in the box if you leave the others wrapped around).
1x "Dancin' Fool" Promotional CD (SVAM 0065)
A replica of the Dutch 12" single release - unlike most promotional items, this one is actually a CD as well, with Dancin' Fool (12" Disco Mix) and Baby Snakes.
43x Standard releases, all including OBIs (if they're not in picture I just forgot to put them on) and all inserts, sticker reproductions etc. as they originally came, all sealed up in protective bags, all mint or near mint condition throughout with 3 exceptions detailed below. THEY ARE:
Freak Out!, Absolutely Free, Lumpy Gravy, We're Only In It For The Money, Ruben & The Jets, Uncle Meat (2 CD), Hot Rats, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Weasels Ripped My Flesh, Chunga's Revenge, Fillmore East - June 1971, Just Another Band From L.A., Waka/Jawaka, The Grand Wazoo, Overnite Sensation, Apostrophe, Roxy & Elsewhere, One Size Fits All, Bongo Fury, Zoot Allures, Zappa In New York (2 CD), Studio Tan, Sleep Dirt, Shiek Yerbouti, Orchestral Favorites, Joe's Garage Act 1, Joe's Garage Acts 2 & 3, Shut Up And Play Your Guitar (including Volumes 2 & 3, all packaged as one set in 3 seperate sleeves, 3 CD), Tinseltown Rebellion, You Are What You Is, Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch, Baby Snakes, The Man From Utopia, London Symphony Orchestra Vol. 1 & 2 (packaged as a single release with 2 sleeves, 2 CD), Boulez Conducts Zappa, Francesco Zappa, Them Or Us, Thing-Fish (2 CD), Meets The Mothers Of Prevention, Jazz From Hell, Guitar (2 CD), Broadway The Hard Way & Strictly Commercial (2 CD). Strictly Commercial is numbered 2403 of 5000 (I think), and there's a promotional wraparound OBi in English that is not pictured.
78 CDs in total.
Thing-Fish has a bit of storage wear on the base because it doesn't fit in a normal polythene sleeve. Same applies to You Can Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2 and Lather but its worst on Thing Fish because of the black print contrasting with the white, see last picture for all 3. Meets The Mothers Of Prevention European
Version had different tracks to the US version, but all tracks from both
versions are included on this disc in a new running order.
So what's missing? 2 promotional sleeves - "Meets The Mothers Of Prevention (European Version)", which I think exists but not entirely sure, and "Chunga's Revenge (Gold European Version)" which definitely does, as well as the various promotional boxes that you sometimes see. These would usually be released in waves as Ryko put out the first batch, then the next etc., usually branded with one of the album covers from the set. They were day one pre-order bonuses for people in Japan.
Crucially, there is no missing MUSIC, just ephemera. Anything Ryko owned and put out on Mini-LP is here.
PLEASE NOTE: I will not break up the set until after Christmas. Yes, I expect it would be easier to sell bits and pieces over time but I collected this together over several years across several countries for my own personal collection, and I'd like it to go to a fellow collector and Zappa fan. Every item was bought from a legitimate store or eBay source - no Russian fakes here. Should it not have sold by mid-January I will begin listing items individually, please subscribe to my shop to be alerted when that happens if you only want certain items.
If you have any further questions or would like more pictures of individual items (including their inserts, for example) let me know.
Buy It Now price includes fully insured shipping via a reputable courier within the UK (currently undecided, if you have a preference please mention it) - buyers from outside the UK, please contact me for an exact shipping quote to your area. My quoted shipping rates are estimates - if it ends up costing more, you will need to pay it. However, if I've estimated too highly I will refund you the difference.