Abandoned Pools Mercy Kills UK Promo CD-R acetate
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|CD-R’s (Compact Disc-Recordable - also known as CD-Writable) are now often
produced by record companies prior to, or instead of, distribution of a
‘finished’ promotional CD. Also known as a CD-R ‘acetate’, they got this
name when they first appeared as they were the digital technology equivalent
of the metal and lacquer ‘acetate’ discs of the 60’s & 70’s. These were first
cut in the studio, direct from the master tape and they enabled the artist,
producer or record company executive to hear a track away from the studio
environment almost straightaway; all they needed was a turntable to play the
acetate. Nowadays the same theory applies, although on CD-R they can simply
play it on their car stereo or Walkman!
Early UK CD-R’s were gold in colour, and usually had simple handwritten
artist and title information on the disc and sleeve insert, much like the
acetates of previous decades. As technology progressed these discs were
customised to the studios using them, for example the famous Abbey Road
studios were one of the first to use their own logos printed on the disc
and sleeve. They subsequently progressed to the silver and blue discs
still in use today. These almost always have computer printed titles on
the ‘label’ side and since duplication techniques have improved they are
often a cheaper, and quicker, alternative for record companies to use
instead of manufacturing proper compact discs.
In extreme cases some CD-R’s may be produced weeks or months before a
promotional disc is planned; even before titles, catalogue numbers and
release dates have been scheduled. As a result some tracks may be left
un-mastered, meaning they have not gone through the final editing process,
they could have alternate ‘work-in-progress’ titles or be somehow different
to the final mastered version. Generally, however, they are more likely to
be used as a simple promotional format in much the same way that the more
traditional promotional CDs are.
CD-R’s are usually housed in a plain white titled sleeve which gives just
basic information such as artist, title, tracks, running time and record or
production company logos; but they can sometimes be issued in a picture
sleeve if the final artwork is available. They rarely display a catalogue
number. Depending on their intended purpose they can be just 1-track
(usually the next single), multiple track album samplers or ‘teasers’, full
albums, or even multiple discs to promote boxed sets or a back catalogue
They have become ever more collectable in recent years and genuine, early
examples have been known to fetch four-figure sums.
|Country of Origin:
||Regardless of country of origin all tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
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