The Blow Monkeys 2008 Japan box

The Blow Monkeys / Japanese box set

With the recent good news from Dr Robert that expanded Blow Monkeys reissues are on the way, we thought you might like a look at the Japanese mini-LP CD (vinyl replica) reissues from 2008. If you read the post about Japanese box sets in the summer, you will be aware that Japanese retailer Disk Union offer these sets with exclusive, high quality boxes, using officially licensed artwork (you have to buy all the reissues to get the box – for free). Although only available in Japan, there is normally a brisk trade on eBay around the time of release.

BMG Japan released the first three albums as exquisite vinyl replicas, complete with accurate inner sleeves and with Limping For A Generation using the original front cover. All came with a bonus Quicktime video (Atomic Lullaby, Digging Your Scene and It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way, respectively) and third album She Was Only A Grocer’s Daughter came with bonus tracks This Is The Way It Has To Be and The Grantham Grizzler. The Disk Union box set utilised Animal Magic artwork.

A quick look on Amazon in the UK, shows that some individual titles including Limping and Animal Magic can be picked up (from third party sellers), but they are not exactly cheap.

In terms of presentation, nothing will match the quality of this set, although of course these issues will not boast the unreleased material on the forthcoming Cherry Red reissues.

What do you prefer, quality presentation and remastering, or cheap and cheerful packaging with unreleased bonus tracks? Leave a comment and let us know.

The Blow Monkeys / Limping For A Generation Japanese mini LP CD
Original front cover restore for Limping For A Generation
The Blow Monkeys / Animal Magic Japanese mini LP CD
All three issues come with Japanese OBI strips (far left)
The Blow Monkeys / She Was Only A Grocer's Daughter Japanese mini LP CD
CD matches original vinyl packaging with no reference to either title or band on the front cover
The Blow Monkeys / Animal Magic box set Japanese mini LP CD
These boxes are quality
The Blow Monkeys / Animal Magic box set Japanese mini LP CD
Artwork bespoked to name the three albums inside the box

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Stephen K.

As long as the bonus tracks aren’t sourced from vinyl, I would take bonus tracks first. I just want vinyl-only material to make its way onto CD. However, piecemeal efforts don’t persuade me. You couldn’t duplicate the track lists of the Animal Magic 12″s with what’s on here.


I bought the Japanese version in 2008, and they are top quality reissues and packaging. But I have ordered the Cherry Red reissues as “Limping” is my fave Blow Moneys album, so looking forward to hearing the demo’s.


i prefer quality presentation, remastering, cheap and cheerful packaging, unreleased bonus tracks, b-sides and remixes, bonus video dvds…