Mastering is a separate art from recording or mixing. According to the Wikipedia article, the principle processes of mastering are:
Editing minor flaws.
Applying noise reduction to eliminate clicks, dropouts, hum and hiss.
Adjusting stereo width.
Equalize audio across tracks for the purpose of optimized frequency distribution.
EP refers to Extended play. It is something between a single and a full CD (or LP); a little too short to be a full CD and a little too long to be a single.It usually has 3-5 tracks .
LP refers Long Play; it is a vinyl record. Per Wikipedia:
The LP (Long Play), or 33 1⁄3 rpm microgroove vinyl record, is a format for phonograph (gramophone) records, an ...
I fully agree with Austin, so won't cover the same ground.
However, there has been a recent development in 'remastering', which is not to literally remaster the best surviving copy of the original mix [of which there will likely be several, compressed &/or EQ'd for different original purposes - for cutting to vinyl, cassette, etc].
Instead, record ...
Plant, Jones and Bonham have long been explained. The answers on the Wiki page are canonical.
Jones' symbol, which he chose from Rudolf Koch's Book of Signs, is a single circle intersecting three vesica pisces (a triquetra). It is intended to symbolise a person who possesses both confidence and competence. Bonham's symbol, the three interlocking (...
It looks like the Wikipedia article for the Wish You Were Here album has a section on the reasoning behind the cover art. Some excerpts:
The concept behind "Welcome to the Machine" and "Have a Cigar" suggested the use of a handshake (an often empty gesture)
The album's cover images were photographed by Aubrey 'Po' Powell, Storm's partner at ...
Song, Record, Album of the Year: What's the Difference?
Album of the Year is the most self-explanatory. It rewards, well,
albums. Like Record of the Year, it's a performance and production
award that goes to the artist and the album's producer and recording
So basically Album is looking at all the songs and certain people used in the ...
I like the way you think. It makes perfect sense on the surface. But the music industry and legalities surrounding it are complex. There are a few reasons why this practice has not become common in the music industry.
First, many artists for one reason or another, do not wish to allow their music to be licensed or reproduced in a karaoke version. I ...
The album was not satire. It was a contractual obligation to manufacture a radio-friendly collection of songs. The band individually have said as much. Here is a pretty good "Reader's Digest" review of what went down, which was written as a 35th Anniversary review a few years back. To condense:
Looking back on the album during a 2011 interview, Keith ...
While this is a list question and may get closed, I'll throw in a few of my Prog favorites and a couple others.
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Jon Anderson - Olias Of Sunhillow
Dream Theater - Metropolis Part II: Scenes From A Memory
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime (as well as Mindcrime II)
The Who - Tommy
The Who - ...
To get a "correct" answer for this will involve a lot of work, but if one speculates wildly and freely, it could be due to the gap between people's expectations and what they got.
As I remember it St. Anger was touted as Metallica's return to the heavier stuff. People likely expected Master of Puppets, but got something quite different. The somewhat ...
The obvious answer (when talking about recent releases) is that lyric sheets cost money to produce. If you can put them online for free, why waste money on something that isn't as important to the core of the release?
Other bands, like Tool, don't include lyric sheets because they don't necessarily want to spell everything out for the listener. They want ...
According to a user on MetaFilter:
According to a friend who runs a small record label that occasionally
does business in Japan: it's because it is invariably cheaper for
Japanese buyers to import CDs rather than purchase them in their local
record store. The extra tracks are there to provide an incentive for
buying the domestic version. Without ...
Wikipdia has a general page called Special Edition, which also contains a good definition of Deluxe Editions.
In terms of musical albums, the term "deluxe edition" refers to a re-release of an album, generally a sufficient period after the initial release, featuring extra content related to the album. This often includes some or all of the following: ...
'Convoy' by CW McCall (Bill Fries) was a 1975 song that was adapted into a film of the same name.
If you listen to the song you'll find that the story it tells is recounted almost word for word in the film.
Additionally, 'The Wall' by Pink Floyd was made into a very successful film...
I believe I've found an answer to this that should be very hard to counter: David Bowie. The last release in his lifetime, Blackstar, was put out on January 8, 2016, two days before his death. It was his 25th studio album, and his first to hit #1 in the United States, bringing the number to beat up to 25.
The friend who played me the album remembered what I was going on about when he saw the question. The answer is Cooked on Phonics by Punky Brüster. The grumbly voice is doing the narrative in parts and the story is about the formation of a fake punk band from a metal one.
From my preliminary research, which includes a Quora question, a RateYourMusic list, and a couple of other references, it seems like it may have been The Who, who played their classic double album Tommy live starting in April of 1969. Now, there is a caveat here. They technically switched the song order and didn't play four tracks from the album: "Cousin ...
The album is a "best of" from the 42 concerts Eric Clapton did at the
Royal Albert Hall in those two years. Clapton set a record by playing
a run of 24 nights at the London Royal Albert Hall between 5 February
and 9 March 1991, following an 18-night run in 1990.
You can check out set lists for each date on this website, including ...
There are really 3 separate answers to this question:
It "all sounds the same" is a common complaint for unfamiliar
genres. When you first hear a style of music you are unfamiliar
with, all you notice is the genre elements, the things that are
common to the genre. Only with familiarity do you become able to
distinguish the individual touches that make ...
Uli Jon Roth is your man.
In his album Metamorphosis of Vivaldi's Four Seasons
he plays his version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
Also there is his album Prologue to the symphonic legends
in which he also plays some classical songs. Also check his live albums where he plays a lot of classical compositions arranged for electric guitar.
Size-wise (vinyl) : a typical LP would be 12" diameter, a single 7" and an EP 8-10" (measurements from my own collection). But over time, there have been variations in the sizes of LPs and EPs as the various wikipedia articles will tell you, so "typical" is an era-dependent term here.
Punk-era EPs often went in for experimental shapes and colours, and ...
Way back when, a "record" was just a generic term for a vinyl recording, whether that piece of vinyl be a 7" single, a 12" single, EP or a full album.
From the Oxford Dictionary:
A thin plastic disc carrying recorded sound in grooves on each surface, for reproduction by a record player:
I’m listening to records in my room
4.1 A piece or ...