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memento27oasis
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#1

Posted 04 May 2005 - 08:13 PM

What's the difference between an LP and an EP record?

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 08:18 PM

LP (Long Player) Normally a full album

EP (Extended Player) Normally 4-8 songs.

An EP is basically a big single. It has extra b-sides that wouldn't fit on a normal single - ie the old format of an A and a B side - 2-3 tracks at most.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 12:27 AM

^ What he said. Most mainstream bands don't really do EP's, to my knowdlege. I've only seen punk and hardcore bands do 'em.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 02:27 AM

Linkin Park had an EP. A lot of mainstream bands have at least 1 EP from very early in their careers. You'd be surprised.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 03:34 AM

Metallica has a new EP out right now... link
Alot of bands do EP inbetween full length albums, sometimes they do it with like remixes and sh*t from their diffrent albums.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 08:33 AM

Eazy-E did a few EP's as well, didn't he?

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 08:58 AM

We will be here for a long time If people are just going to keep listing bands and artists, that are releasing/have released EPs.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 11:41 AM

EPs are usually released by bands looking to make a breakthrough. Example of this... The Strokes first broke on the scene with "The Modern Age EP", and The Killers with the 2003 "Mr Brightside EP".

LPs are full studio records when the band have pretty much established themself, or by fully established bands simply producing new material.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 12:43 PM

One of the most famous EPs released was GN'R Lies. That album only had 4 new songs and 4 covers.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 07:56 PM

Prog/post-rock bands release EPs fairly frequently, often in between albums and not just as their first release.

I never understand why 'long play' is longer than 'extended play'. I guess it depends what it was extended from.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 08:21 PM

ITs all to do with vinyl. The playing speeds were different for different records, on ol vinyl players - 45 rpms being the only one I can remember - I think that's the speed for singles - the standard 7 inch disk.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 09:33 PM

QUOTE (Fuzzknuckles @ May 5 2005, 20:21)
ITs all to do with vinyl. The playing speeds were different for different records, on ol vinyl players - 45 rpms being the only one I can remember - I think that's the speed for singles - the standard 7 inch disk.

Here's what wikipedia says for speeds and sizes:
QUOTE (wikipedia)
12" (30 cm) 33⅓ rpm long-playing (LP) format
7" (17.5 cm) 45 rpm (single) format
12" (30 cm) 45 rpm extended-playing (12-inch (30 cm) single, Maxi Single and EP) format
10" (25 cm) 33⅓ rpm long-playing (LP) format
10" (25 cm) 45 rpm extended-playing (EP) format
7" (17.5 cm) 33⅓ rpm extended-playing (EP) format
16⅔ rpm format for voice recording

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 10:12 PM

QUOTE (Craig Kostelecky @ May 5 2005, 05:43)
One of the most famous EPs released was GN'R Lies. That album only had 4 new songs and 4 covers.

And hell, Anthrax's EP, I'm The Man is their best selling release from what I'v heard. And good reason too, it kicks ass.




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