WHAT DOES EP AND LP STAND FOR?
Have you ever wondered what is an EP and LP? Well it stands for the length of the record, album, CD, etc. And this is where I get confused EP and LP both mean the same thing, well to me. EP stands for “extended play” and LP stands for “long play”. Well what the heck is the difference, they both could mean the same thing?
WHAT IS AN EP: EXTENDED PLAY
If a band releases an album or CD and call it and EP, then this usually means it is about 3 to five songs only, or under 3o minutes of play. It’s not a single and it’s not a full length album. So why not just wait until you have 4 or more songs and you’ll have a full length? Who knows?
The truth of the meaning EP goes back to the days of vinyl records. Record companies would release their EP version of the LP album. Maybe the best of the album, or a hit single with a few other random songs from the album on there. Makes sense if you were a record exec, and you wanted to capitalize on that record as much as possible.
WHAT IS AN LP: LONG PLAY
So this is the actual album, the one it was intended to be, there for it is called the LP, or long play. Once again this was a term made for the day’s of vinyl, which are not gone by the way. But in the category of LP and Ep. LP would mean you were getting a 12″ shellac record that was 33 1/3rd RPM.
Containing around 10 songs, 5 songs on each side this was the industry standard for LP.
The LP was invented by Columbia Records in 1948. They really changed the industry at that time, by making records that could hold 20 minutes on each side for a total of 40 minutes of music.
EP VS LP
To sum up this article the main point is.
What is and EP? – It is a the length of the album. A shortened version of the LP, containing less that 30 minutes of music and usually only has 4-6 songs. This would mean a hit single and some obscure tracks possibly not on the LP
What is and LP? – The LP is the complete album containing 40 minutes or more of music and usually has around 10 songs on it.