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What does it mean for an album to be remastered?

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, ...
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What is the difference between a LP and an EP?

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 ...
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What does it mean for an album to be remastered?

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 ...
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Why does Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" album cover show someone spontaneously combusting?

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 ...
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What do the symbols mean on Led Zeppelins iconic fourth album?

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 ...
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What's the difference between a record and an album?

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 ...
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Why do artists not release backing tracks, instrumentals, and acapellas in their singles?

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 ...
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Why does Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" album cover show someone spontaneously combusting?

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: Fire Earth Air Water. I don't think it goes any deeper ...
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Why artists/bands do not always include lyrics' sheet in their albums?

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 ...
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“Love Beach” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer: considered as serious release?

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" ...
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Albums that focus on storytelling

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 ...
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What's up with Metallica's "St. Anger" album?

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....
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Was Miles Davis involved with free jazz?

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 ...
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Which album's inside cover featured a policeman running after the band on a motorcycle?

I found the answer. The art is featured on the inside cover of the Chicago X album. I miss the days when albums came with great art. Here's a scan:
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Was "Interstella 5555" the first film that visually realized an album?

'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 ...
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Why are bonus tracks so common in Japanese versions?

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 ...
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Most studio album releases before finally scoring a number one album?

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 ...
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What makes an album "deluxe"?

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 ...
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Too much similar music nowadays

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 ...
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Why does Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" album cover show someone spontaneously combusting?

This isn't a definitive answer, but the album's lyrical content suggests existential themes of reaching out for some kind of genuine human connection within contexts that are dehumanized, ...
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One-colour album cover with nothing else that one colour (no writings, no shades)?

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] ...
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One-colour album cover with nothing else that one colour (no writings, no shades)?

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 ...
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'Short edit' songs on best of compilations

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 ...
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Was "Interstella 5555" the first film that visually realized an album?

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 ...
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Was "Interstella 5555" the first film that visually realized an album?

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 ...
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What is the difference between a LP and an EP?

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 ...
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