I never thought that this album would ever get released on vinyl. The mid to late 90's was more about CDs and cassettes than vinyl records. However, they did a wonderful job on this special edition pressing.
To my surprise, the records are red and the gatefold is beautiful to look at. The sound is impeccable. If you have the right equipment, it will sound very powerful, especially "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing".
It just sounds so perfect. One person found this helpful. This is a great soundtrack. One of the best of the late 90's. It's like finding a time capsule full of some of the best rock and roll music of that era.
I highly recommend this CD. Love it. Love this music. If you love the score you'll love the soundtrack with various artists. They both go together and give you the feel of the movie. To bad i'm just a little disappointed with the score Good sound. It was perfect.
See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. With Armageddon we have a rare example of a soundtrack album actually containing the songs heard in the movie. Usually only about half of the songs are featured while the other half are seemingly random "inspired by" tracks that no label could sell on any other album. Leftovers, basically. No such problem here.
Armageddon was a huge hit and the movie pushed its soundtrack hard, to the point where Steven Tyler's most famous and iconic track is on this album. I didn't realize until I actually ripped this album to my computer that Shawn Colvin is actually a woman!
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Frustration-Free Packaging. Amazon Global Store. New Used Collectible. Today's Deals. Today we can enjoy the benefits of those higher-fidelity recordings, even if the original radio audiences could not. Initially, transcription discs were pressed only in shellac, but by pressings in RCA Victor's vinyl-based "Victrolac" were appearing. Other plastics were sometimes used. By the late s, vinyl was standard for nearly all kinds of pressed LP) except ordinary commercial 78s, which continued to be made of shellac.
In the late s, magnetic tape recorders were adopted by the networks to pre-record shows or repeat them for airing in different time zones, but inch vinyl pressings continued to be used into the early s for non-network distribution of prerecorded programming. Use of the LP's microgroove standard began in the late s, and in the s the size of discs was reduced to 12 inches, becoming physically indistinguishable from ordinary LPs.
Unless the quantity required was very small, pressed discs were a more economical medium for distributing high-quality audio than tape, and CD mastering was, in the early years of that technology, very expensive, so the use of LP-format transcription discs continued into the s. RCA Victor introduced an early version of a long-playing record for home use in September They were to be played with a special "Chromium Orange" chrome-plated steel needle.
The inch discs, mostly used for popular and light classical music, were normally pressed in shellac, but the inch discs, mostly used for "serious" classical music, were normally pressed in Victor's new vinyl-based Victrolac compound, which provided a much quieter playing surface.
They could hold up to 15 minutes per side. Beethoven's Fifth Symphonyperformed by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowskiwas the first inch recording issued. The New York Times wrote, "What we were not prepared for was the quality of reproduction Unfortunately for Victor, it was downhill from there.
The dubs were audibly inferior to the original 78s. Record sales in the US had dropped from a high of Except for a few recordings of background music for funeral parlors, the last of the issued titles had been purged from the company's record catalog by the end of the decade.
The failure of the new product left RCA Victor with a low opinion of the prospects for any sort of long-playing record, influencing product development decisions during the coming decade. CBS Laboratories head research scientist Peter Goldmark led Columbia's team to develop a phonograph record that would hold at least 20 minutes per side. Research began inwas suspended during World War II, and then resumed in All inch pressings were of grams vinyl.
Columbia may have planned for the Bach album ML to be the first since the releases came in alphabetical order by composer. There is also a CD of this album on the market. When the LP was introduced inthe 78 was the conventional format for phonograph records. By78s still accounted for slightly more than half of the units sold in the United States, and just under half of the dollar sales. Canada and the UK continued production intowhile India, the Philippines, and South Africa produced 78s untilwith the last holdout, Argentina, continuing until Volare - Various - Hot Music II (Vinyl popularity of the LP ushered in the " Album Era " of English-language popular music, beginning in the s, as performers took advantage of the longer playing time to create coherent themes or concept albums.
But for the '70s it will remain the basic musical unit, and that's OK with me. Although the popularity of LPs began to decline in the late s with the advent of Compact Volare - Various - Hot Music II (Vinyland later compact discsthe LP survives as a format to the present day.
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. Bycassettes 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 LP) 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.
InColumbia Records introduced "extended-play" LPs that played for as long as 52 minutes, or 26 minutes per side, Volare - Various - Hot Music II (Vinyl. 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 LP) 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.
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