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Why do many vinyl albums place sides I and IV on one record and II and III on the other?

Many phonographs were able to play multiple records in sequence with a mechanism that would hold one or more records on the turntable, and one or more additional records elevated on the center post. ...
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Is there deliberate marketing that tries to persuade people to prefer vinyl records over CDs?

This might come across as a tad cynical ;) Personally, I feel it's that people, given sufficient peer pressure, can easily be convinced to fool themselves. No need for marketing pressure. Most people ...
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Why are vinyl records sometimes off pitch?

The reasons you suggest do happen. And other causes are possible too. Perhaps the recording session itself wasn't on-pitch (maybe the band was playing for many hours and didn't re-tune in the middle)...
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Why did fans used to buy "bootleg" recordings of live concerts?

You are used to highly produced music which is created primarily for studio recording, and then reproduced live on stage for fans who demand an exact copy of the recording. But there are bands, and ...
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Longest song recording that hit the charts

I searched for "American Pie Duration" and in the Google results I saw "is the fourth longest song to enter the Billboard Hot 100, at the time of release it was the longest". Wikipedia then had a ...
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Did Glen Gould record the full Liszt transcription of Beethoven's 7th symphony?

I have not found authoritative sources explicitly saying there were no other recordings, but all references I know point to Gould only having recorded the 5th and the 6th. The liner notes to a CD ...
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Improvised music by notes

Not that I know of. The only "note for note" recreation I've heard of is Blue by Other People Mostly Do The Killing, which is a note for note recreation of the famous Miles Davis album Kind of Blue (...
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Longest song recording that hit the charts

I was sure it would be Don McLean's "American Pie" weighing in at eight minutes and thirty-six seconds - The single had to be split into two parts but it did chart as one piece. But recently ...
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Was Elvis Presley's 'Suspicious Minds' the first song with a fade-out and fade back in?

The Wikipedia article on Fade states that it is not possible to reliably identify the first modern recording to use fade. It also states, in relation to earlier recordings: By the early 1930s ...
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What's the difference between o/b/o and c/o

I'm not sure about any possible technical usage in publishing credits, but typically "A in care of B" just means that B is doing nothing but passing it along to A, whereas "A on behalf of B" means ...
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Where can I find the original, drunken version of Screaming Jay Hawkins' I Put a Spell On You online?

Based on you profile it seems like you're located in UK, in which case it should be fairly easy to find that version of the song, since that compilation was released in the UK. Here it is on Amazon; ...
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What is the recording location, studio, and year of the song "That's What Friends Are For"?

It was recorded in 1985 at Conway Studios in Hollywood. According to Dionne Warwick's autobiography: One day in 1985, I ran into Elton John at the supermarket in Los Angeles the day before the ["...
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Non-stylistic reasons for whole-song fade out

Agree with Zach. In addition, some songs were played in concert Grateful Dead style with the song followed by an extended instrumental jam. In the record studio, the jam would be faded out just ...
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Has anyone recorded a cello version of Bach's Prelude No. 1 in C major (BWV 846)

Pieter Wispelwey recorded a version with Richard Egarr on an album called "Gamba Sonatas" for the label Channel Classics.
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Before the days of downloads, were 'single' releases ever really only one song?

This question is fraught with conflation. Everyone here seems to be trying to shoehorn answers to fit with the original question. When the term came about, 'single' was not intended to connote that ...
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Songs with a backwards instrumental solo

Money (the Beatles song) by the Flying Lizards, has a backwards sax solo. And a great snare drum sound too. https://youtu.be/TC1Vfoq3PvU
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Why are vinyl records sometimes off pitch?

Classical orchestras sometimes use a higher a (442 Hz or even 444 Hz) for various reasons, most often to let the notes "shine" more. Due to the higher tension of the strings on stringed instruments, ...
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Did Aphex Twin ever used samples from someone else's tracks?

Using WhoSampled.com, you can find some of the songs that Aphex Twin has sampled. It turns out that he has sampled over 75 songs, including (among many other songs of varying popularity): "Apache" by ...
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Why do most recordings of "Land of Hope and Glory" not include the stanzas?

The chorus has simpler words, with a more obvious appeal, and the two verses have quite archaic language. Also, the music for the chorus is what is in Elgar's first "Pomp and Circumstance" March, ...
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Tuning of songs

Unless you're a rare person with perfect pitch, you'd be unlikely to even notice this, let alone be distressed by this. Most people only have "relative pitch" which means they compare a note solely to ...
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Longest song recording that hit the charts

In August 2019 "Fear Inoculum" by the band "Tool" charted in Billboard Hot 100 with a length of 10:21 (Position 93). As of October 2020 it's the longest song in Hot 100.
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Is there a prepared piano in Staier's recording of Diabelli Variations?

The effects you're asking about are built into the piano itself, activated by pedals. So, "prepared" in the early 19th-century sense (specialty pedals were all the rage), but not in the ...
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Is any Tomorrowland Orchestra music available on CD?

The Tomorrowland Orchestra is actually The Metropole Orkest, an orchestra for hire based in the Netherlands. Wikipedia's entry for them includes a selected discography. The Metropole Orkest seems not ...
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Do musical recordings remove the breathe of the players?

Sometimes. It depends mostly on what the producer is trying to do and the style of music. The general goal of recording an instrument is to get the sound of that instrument and as little else as ...
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Will Taylor Swift release her re-Recorded music to the public?

If she records them, she'll almost certainly release them. Otherwise, what's the point? It's not unprecedented --a number of other artists have rerecorded their old work, when they've been unable to ...
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Is there deliberate marketing that tries to persuade people to prefer vinyl records over CDs?

No particular marketing campaign was necessary for vinyl --like many older technologies that were once ubiquitous, it has become a beloved, nostalgic niche product for aficionados. As one of those, I ...
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Ariana Grande verse in key of D, track is still in C: Save your tears remix

Here is the official video for "The Weeknd & Ariana Grande - Save Your Tears (Remix)". The video you linked is not the official video, and Ariana Grande doesn't even sing on that ...
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