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 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 ...
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 ...
I think what you're looking for is Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet, which, aside from Davis, featured four young, untried musicians:
Ron Carter — bass
Tony Williams — drums
Herbie Hancock — piano
Wayne Shorter — tenor saxophone
About the Second Great Quintet, the Wikipedia article reads:
The performance style of the Second Great Quintet was often ...
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 ...
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 ...
'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 album artwork has four images, two on the cover and two on the inner sleeve. Each of the pictures references one of the four elements:
I don't think it goes any deeper than that.
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 ...
If the "Explicit Lyrics" sticker doesn't count, then Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 album has a completely black cover.
According to Wikipedia:
[the album] debuted at number 5 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 89,778 copies in its first week"
Depends on the edition, but Prince's Black Album has typically been released with a fully black cover and just a sticker. It peaked at 47 on December 10th, 1994.
Another all-black one is the This is Spinal Tap soundtrack. It peaked at 121 on June 9th, 1984.
There used to be great debate over which versions were put on compilations, especially in the 'early days' of CDs.
It could depend on who put the compilation together, original record company, 3rd party buyout deal, etc.
You would usually find if the original record company did it, then the debate would only be whether to use the original single or the ...
The Who released both Tommy and Quadrophenia, which were eventually made into movies. Tommy, the album, was released in 1969 and Quadrophenia in 1973. The movies were released in 1975 and 1979 respectively.
The earliest one I'm aware of was made for Matt Johnson's The The, 'Infected' album in 1986. Though it is actually a series of individual videos, there is one for every track on the album & they were shown in cinema & on TV as a single piece when the album was released.
from Wikipedia -
The completed film was premiered at the Electric Cinema in ...
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 ...