Music Nomenclature

3 thoughts on “Music Nomenclature”

  1. I grew up during the tape and CD era, but love vinyl. Before the MP3 days I would always talk about my vinyl as records and albums but like you said those terms are changing in their meanings now. I have to think about it sometimes to make sure I say vinyl these days instead of the generic terms I was used to using.

    As far as the creation of full albums in the MP3 era there will always be all out artists who produce concept albums and lots of them still release those in vinyl even today. The difference is that the ones who just threw some stuff together won’t sell as much by way of their fluff tracks anymore.

    1. I think the idea of an album – a collection of somehow related music – is good from a sales standpoint. I like the flexibility of purchasing a single song or the whole collection. In olden days you could only purchase the singles that were released as such, and sometimes obscure tracks on albums languished. At least with digital downloads you have access to those tracks now, too.

      As far as concept albums are concerned, I’m sure there will still be a few, but I doubt if we’ll see another like Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” or Jethro Tull’s “Thick as a Brick.”

  2. I might rank Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” as a concept album up there with Thick as a Brick. But I’ll have to listen to it a few more times to decide . . . .

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