LP vs EP
LP and EP, that is Long play and extended play has been a common name since the introduction of vinyl. However these terms are still used even during the advent of the compact disk era. Both of these records have deep rooted history and have been constantly evolving in the music circle.
LP or Long Play
Long play is considered as the original vinyl, and is typically a full album. It consists of about 10-12 tracks and is being heavily promoted by the artist. Generally it is released in a 12 inch format and plays for 40-45 minutes. For several decades the vinyl LP has enjoyed popularity until it started to give way to the much portable cassette tape, thus paving the start of another record trend.
EP or Extended Play
Extended play on the other hand was released initially to go up against the more popular LP. It usually plays for 25 minutes and contains about 3-5 tracks. Since it did not gain the same acceptance that LP had, it was utilized to provide samples of albums or an assortment of singles from various artists under the same record label.
Difference between LP and EP
LP provided a large range in song selection since it contains more tracks, however EP offers a more intimate association since it’s composed primarily of selected singles that reflects the artists’ genre and style. While no longer presented in vinyl phonographs, the concept of LP and EP is still prevalent these days. As per industry standard an LP has about 10 songs, and is considered as a full album. Record success is primarily based on the sales of an LP. EP is significantly being adopted as a way of promoting singles for aspiring artists. Since its more economical, and not to mention a faster way to record and promote their songs.
Both offer tracks that the audience wants to listen to. As long as they are satisfied with what is being played on, the quantity wouldn’t matter much. It all boils down to the creativity of the artist and the subjective preference of the listeners to determine the quality of this art, we call music.
• LP is typically a full album consists of about 10-12 tracks and plays for 40-45 minutes whereas EP usually plays for 25 minutes and contains about 3-5 tracks.
• Record success is primarily based on the sales of an LP. EP is used for samples of albums and adopted more for promoting singles of aspiring artists.
• These days LP’s are more capitalized by popular artists for commercial promotion and profit benefits. Though shorter tracks are usually included to add to the number of tracks in an album, this sometimes compromises the quality of the record.
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