|Countries of Release and Pressing|
|Format of Entries ↓|
|CD||compact disc (of album length, i.e. with 5 or more different songs)|
|CDR||compact disc recordable (sometimes used for promo issues)|
|CDS||compact disc single (a CD with 1 to 5 songs, usually remixes)|
|DVDS||DVD single (a DVD with audio and possibly also video content and only 1 to 3 songs)|
|EP||extended play (a 7" or 10" record with 3 to 5 songs)|
|FOC||fold-out cover (= gatefold sleeve)|
|LP||long playing record - what do you mean when you say you guessed that?|
|OBI||not an abbreviation, in fact (it's Japanese for "sash"): the paper strip around a record cover (typically a Japanese LP)|
|OIS||original inner sleeve|
|rpm||revolutions per minute (record speed)|
|TMWSTW||The Man Who Sold the World (This album title is just so long...)|
|Matrix Numbers ↓|
Typically, this is "David Bowie", however in the case of compilations, collaborations etc. it might be another name.
title of the record
Self-explanatory. If the record does not have a specific title (as in the case of singles), the A-side title(s) are given.
(record company & catalogue number; country & date of release)
If no record company and/or number is known (as is often the case with bootlegs), then the matrix number - if there is one - has been given in
Typically 7",12",LP,CD or CDS. However, there are also a number of more exotic formats like 10"EP, 5" flexi etc. Note that one-side LPs (with a side of normal length) are here considered to be 12" singles.
Noteworthy information about the release, e.g. if it's mono, has coloured vinyl, whether it's a promo or not, what kind of cover it has and so on.
There are a number of standard assumptions made here:
Mono or stereo: all records are assumed to be stereo unless noted.
A single slash with blank spaces around it indicates a change of track. A slash without spaces around it is either simply a slash within a song title (as in White Light/White Heat) or separates the parts of a medley. A double slash (with blank spaces around it) indicates a change of disc side or disc. So the tracks of a double LP are represented as follows: disc 1 - side 1 // disc 1 - side 2 // disc 2 - side 1 // disc 2 - side 2.
Other noteworthy information about the record and its tracks. Wether it's a re-issue (and of what), where and when the tracks were recorded etc.
Information that might be interesting to collectors, e.g. about cover and label variations, how to distinguish originals from counterfeits or the sound quality of bootlegs. Like much on these pages, this is work in progress...
Picture of the record
In most cases, this is a picture of the cover front. If the record has a company cover, then the record is shown inside this cover. If it has a plain
white sleeve, then usually the record is shown without any cover. Sometimes, the label is also shown. If the label follows a "standard pattern" of design
I do not show it, but put a link to such a label in the "Collector's notes". Furthermore, inner sleeves, unfolded fold-out covers etc. may be shown
if their are of particular interest.
|Format of Entries ↑||
|Label Layouts ↓|
Machine-stamped matrix number on first US issue of TMWSTW
(To make it more easily visible, I had to change the contrast and brightness of the scan.)
|Matrix Numbers ↑||
|Release Dates ↓|
Early 1970s RCA Germany label
Early 1980s RCA Germany label
|Label Layouts ↑||
|Countries of Release and Pressing ↓|
|Release Dates ↑||
|Demos and Promos ↓|
|Countries of Release and Pressing ↑||
|Pirate Discs, Bootlegs and Counterfeits ↓|
|Demos and Promos ↑||
|Pirate Discs, Bootlegs and Counterfeits ↑||