If it's not specifically labelled for use on vinyl records then please do NOT use it. Never use WD40, lubricants, or solvents of any kind on your records. Never place or pick up a vinyl record as the turntable platter is spinning. This will quickly scratch the underside of a record. Always wait for the platter to come to a complete stop before doing anything with the record.
If your turntable platter uses a rubber or felt mat then make sure it is clean before placing a record on top of it first. Don't mar that beautiful album cover art with tape Can I use masking tape or Scotch tape to fix record jackets? Refrain from using Scotch tape or packaging tape to fix a record cover that is splitting or tearing. It will completely destroy the cover.
As the cellophane tape ages, it becomes brittle, yellows, and will ooze adhesive making things worse than before. Best to place the record jacket in a poly outer sleeve and place the record in its inner sleeve behind it or place the record in its inner sleeve inside a generic cardboard record jacket and save the original jacket for safekeeping. Do you know which sleeves are right for your vinyl records?
Vinyl LP records enjoyed a resurgence in the early s. It was introduced by RCA Victor in To compete with the LP, boxed albums of 45s were issued, along with EP extended play 45s, which squeezed two or even three selections onto each side.
Despite these efforts, the 45 succeeded only in replacing the 78 as the format for singles. This series was labeled AP-1 through about AP, pressed on grainless red vinyl. Today AP-1 through AP-5 are very scarce. By very tightly packing the fine groove, a playing time of 17 minutes per side was achieved. Reel-to-reel magnetic tape recorders posed a new challenge to the LP in the s, but the higher cost of pre-recorded tapes was one of several factors that confined tape to a niche market.
Cartridge and cassette tapes were more convenient and less expensive than reel-to-reel tapes, and they became popular for use in automobiles beginning in the mids. However, the LP was not seriously challenged as the primary medium for listening to recorded music at home until the s, when the audio quality of the cassette was greatly improved by better tape formulations and noise-reduction systems. By , cassettes were outselling LPs in the US. The Compact Disc CD was introduced in It offered a recording that was, theoretically, completely noiseless and not audibly degraded by repeated playing or slight scuffs and scratches.
At first, the much higher prices of CDs and CD players limited their target market to affluent early adopters and audiophiles ; but prices came down, and by CDs outsold LPs. The CD became the top-selling format, over cassettes, in Along with phonograph records in other formats, some of which were made of other materials, LPs are now widely referred to simply as "vinyl". Since the late s there has been a vinyl revival.
Soundtracks — played on records synchronized to movie projectors in theatres — could not fit onto the mere five minutes per side that 78s offered. When initially introduced, inch LPs played for a maximum of about 23 minutes per side, inchers for around It wasn't until "microgroove" was developed by Columbia Records in that Long Players LPs reached their maximum playtime, which has continued to modern times.
Economics and tastes initially determined which kind of music was available on each format. Recording company executives believed upscale classical music fans would be eager to hear a Beethoven symphony or a Mozart concerto without having to flip over multiple, four-minute-per-side 78s, and that pop music fans, who were used to listening to one song at a time, would find the shorter time of the inch LP sufficient.
As a result, the inch format was reserved solely for higher-priced classical recordings and Broadway shows. Popular music continued to appear only on inch records. Their beliefs were wrong. By the mids, the inch LP, like its similarly sized 78 rpm cousin, would lose the format war and be discontinued. Ten-inch records briefly reappeared as mini-LPs in the late s and early s in the United States and Australia as a marketing alternative.
In , Columbia Records introduced "extended-play" LPs that played for as long as 52 minutes, or 26 minutes per side. The minute playing time remained rare, however, because of mastering limitations, and most LPs continued to be issued with a to minute playing time.
A small number of albums exceeded the minute limit. These records had to be cut with much narrower spacing between the grooves, which allowed for a smaller dynamic range on the records, and meant that playing the record with a worn needle could damage the record. It also resulted in a much quieter sound. Spoken word and comedy albums require a smaller dynamic range compared to musical records. Therefore, they can be cut with narrower spaces between the grooves.
Turntables called record changers could play records stacked vertically on a spindle. This arrangement encouraged the production of multiple-record sets in automatic sequence.
A two-record set had Side 1 and Side 4 on one record, and Side 2 and Side 3 on the other, so the first two sides could play in a changer without the listener's intervention. Then the stack was flipped over. Larger boxed sets used appropriate automatic sequencing 1—8, 2—7, 3—6, 4—5 to allow continuous playback, but this created difficulties when searching for an individual track. Vinyl records are vulnerable to dust, heat warping, scuffs, and scratches. Dust in the groove is usually heard as noise and may be ground into the vinyl by the passing stylus, causing lasting damage.
The basic properties of the two formats are:. CD - Data has been pressed in a mold into the plastic. Professional printing on the info side. CDr - Recordable CDr has been burnt in a computer drive. Information side has an adhesive label or is printed by an inkjet or even has professional printing. The color of the data side is most commonly light golden, silver, shades of green or blue. Contains a CDr type number often containing the length "74" or "80" , which is mostly hard to read and often a serial number printed on the transparent inner ring.
A serial number, however, is seemingly without exception always printed in a "dot-matrix"-like format on the inner ring. Some format tags are obvious at first glance such as Mini, Shape or Picture Disc , while others require listening to the audio such as Mixed, Partially Mixed and Mispress.
Still other tags rely on how the release is labeled. If there is no reference that the use of the tag is correct, the tag should not be used. References can include:. Do not guess or attempt to apply personal standards to these tags.
Do not use the tag "Limited Edition" when terms such as "One-Time-Pressing" or "Print Run of Only xxx copies" without the term "Limited" appear on the release or by reliable sources.
If the release is a numbered edition, e. Just because a release has a plain label, that does not mean that an item should be listed as Promo or Test Pressing. These tags should only be used in conjunction with 'White Label' if they are stated on the label or packaging.
Also, these three descriptions can be used in conjunction with 'Unofficial Release' or 'Partially Unofficial' if the release was made without the consent of the artist or label. Promo - Any item labelled as being released for promotional purposes, including advance copies sent out to promote a retail release.
This tag should only be used where it is clear the item was released as such, for example, it is explicitly mentioned on the release, or by the label, artist, or other reliable source. Additionally, retail releases that include 'one-sheet' promotional press-release or feedback type pages are not to be considered different than the retail version.
Test Pressing - Typically a limited run of a record made to test the sound quality. Only list an item as Test Pressing if the release is clearly marked as such. Do not enter the pressing plant as the label, even if their logo appears prominently; use the label associated with the retail release.
Questions about label identity should be discussed in the forums. White Label - Only use this tag to indicate when the center labels on a vinyl release are without mechanically applied print on either side.
Additional marks with a rubber stamp, small printed sticker, or handwritten on an otherwise blank but not necessarily white label would still generally be considered a White Label release. The 'Stereo' tag may be used for any stereo release, but is required if there also is a mono version in the Database. Bill Drescher Producer, Engineer. Joel Peskin Saxophone, Synthesizer.
Add Review. Add all to Wantlist Remove all from Wantlist. Have: Want: Avg Rating: 3. Sony Music List by nealonl1. Gerald's Albums by GeraldBlackburn. Love Somebody. Don't Walk Away. Checkout as Guest.
Currently, we do not allow digital purchases without registration. Register Become a member of Amoeba. It's easy and quick! Forgot Password An error has occured - see below: E-mail To reset your password, enter your registration e-mail address.
Forgot Username E-mail: Enter your registration e-mail address and we'll send you your username. Amoeba Newsletter Sign Up.
Email address:. Thank You You have been subscribed to Amoeba newsletter.EMBRYO Opal (Very rare German 8-track debut vinyl LP, die-cut front laminated gatefold picture sleeve. Classic prog/jazz freak out from the band led by Christian Burchard, up there with Zappa, Floyd, Tull and Bitches Brew era Miles Davis.