(Plus if you have to send one of our Unique Japanese Editions as a gift for a special occasion, we can add a note in the package if you want). Treat yourself to the best Vinyl Editions in the world! Better Quality Materials, Gatefold Covers and Inserts in most releases, the beautiful OBI strip, Posters and freebies in many records and more, make owning Japanese Vinyl Editions a joy.They sound different, they sound better! Japanese imports will quickly become your favorite pieces in your collection vinyl. If you haven't heard the Japanese version of your favorite album, there's a 99% chance it will blow you away, once you do. Starting in the late 70's, US manufactured records were often produced from recycled vinyl which created a noisier pressing, using stampers across a large pressing count. Japanese record companies, on the other hand, used virgin vinyl to manufacture their records resulting in dead-quiet, high quality, audiophile grade pressings and generally had much smaller pressing runs for their western releases. The other item of note is that record companies actually did a re-master for the Japanese editions of a release highly focused on mastering for best-sound so it is entirely possible that you will notice elements in a track for the first time, even though you've listened to this song countless times on your non-Japanese pressing. Aside from the record, significantly better materials were used for the covers and artwork resulting in 30 year old jackets that look better than their brand new counterparts released now and lets not forget the extra's that only come with the Japanese release, like the OBI (to help Japanese consumers who may not read English) and lyric/bio sheets in English and Japanese.