A-side and B-side

A typical 12-inch LP record

The A-side and B-side are the two sides of phonograph records and cassettes; these terms have often been printed on the labels of two-sided music recordings.

- A-side and B-side
A typical 12-inch LP record

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I Really Got the Feeling

Song by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton.

Song by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton.

It was released as a double A-side single with "Baby I'm Burnin'" on November 6, 1978 by RCA Records.

Gaynor in 2012

Gloria Gaynor

American singer, best known for the disco era hits "I Will Survive" (1978), "Let Me Know (I Have a Right)" (1979), "I Am What I Am" (1983), and her version of "Never Can Say Goodbye" (1974).

American singer, best known for the disco era hits "I Will Survive" (1978), "Let Me Know (I Have a Right)" (1979), "I Am What I Am" (1983), and her version of "Never Can Say Goodbye" (1974).

Gaynor in 2012
Gaynor in 1976
Gaynor performing in 2012

Originally, "I Will Survive" was a B-side when Polydor Records released it in late 1978.

Kraftwerk performing in Kyiv, in 2008

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk (, "power station") are a German band formed in Düsseldorf in 1969 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider.

Kraftwerk (, "power station") are a German band formed in Düsseldorf in 1969 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider.

Kraftwerk performing in Kyiv, in 2008
Concert in Zürich, 1976
In Stockholm, February 2004
Early 1970s vocoder, custom built for Kraftwerk

Radio DJs were more interested in the B-side so the single was repackaged by EMI and re-released with "The Model" as the A-side.

"Rock Around the Clock" 45" single

Rock Around the Clock

Rock and roll song in the 12-bar blues format written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers in 1952.

Rock and roll song in the 12-bar blues format written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers in 1952.

"Rock Around the Clock" 45" single
Sheet music cover for the recording by Bill Haley and His Comets on DECCA Records, Myers Music, Philadelphia, 1955.
1955 UK release as a Brunswick Records 45 single, 45–05317.

Once at the studio, producer Milt Gabler (Gabler was the uncle of actor Billy Crystal and had produced Louis Jordan as well as Billie Holiday), insisted the band work on a song entitled "Thirteen Women (and Only One Man in Town)" (written and previously recorded by Dickie Thompson), which Gabler wanted to promote as the A-side of the group's first single for Decca.

According to the Guinness World Records, Madonna is the most remixed and sampled act. Her remix album You Can Dance also played a pivotal role in popularizing the remix albums format

Greatest hits album

Type of compilation album that collects popular and commercially successful songs by a particular artist or band.

Type of compilation album that collects popular and commercially successful songs by a particular artist or band.

According to the Guinness World Records, Madonna is the most remixed and sampled act. Her remix album You Can Dance also played a pivotal role in popularizing the remix albums format

The album collected eight of Mathis's charting singles, as well as three non-charting B-sides and an altogether new track.

A compact disc album within an open jewel case

Album

Collection of audio recordings issued on compact disc , vinyl, audio tape, or another medium such as digital distribution.

Collection of audio recordings issued on compact disc , vinyl, audio tape, or another medium such as digital distribution.

A compact disc album within an open jewel case
Early record albums were multiple 78rpm discs packaged in book form, like a photograph album
A vinyl LP on a turntable
A typical 8-track tape player
A blank compact cassette tape and case
The ten-track compact disc studio album Led Zeppelin III
An orchestra recorded "live" in the studio

Albums have been issued that are compilations of older tracks not originally released together, such as singles not originally found on albums, b-sides of singles, or unfinished "demo" recordings.

According to the Guinness World Records, Madonna is the most remixed and sampled act. Her remix album You Can Dance also played a pivotal role in popularizing the remix albums format

Remix

Piece of media which has been altered or contorted from its original state by adding, removing, and/or changing pieces of the item.

Piece of media which has been altered or contorted from its original state by adding, removing, and/or changing pieces of the item.

According to the Guinness World Records, Madonna is the most remixed and sampled act. Her remix album You Can Dance also played a pivotal role in popularizing the remix albums format
Carey helped popularize rapper as a featured act through her post-1995 songs with her remix of "Fantasy" featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Jessica Simpson's "Irresistible" (So So Def Remix) featuring Lil' Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri had an incredible impact in 2001.
The main single of I Turn to You by Melanie C, was released as the "Hex Hector Radio Mix", for which Hex Hector won the 2001 Grammy as Remixer of the Year.

to provide additional versions of a song for use as bonus tracks or for a B-side, for example, in times when a CD single might carry a total of 4 tracks

Boone in February 2011

Pat Boone

American singer, composer, actor, writer, television personality, motivational speaker, and spokesman.

American singer, composer, actor, writer, television personality, motivational speaker, and spokesman.

Boone in February 2011
Boone's handprints and shoe prints in front of The Great Movie Ride at Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios
Pat and Debby Boone singing for a fan, 1997
Pat Boone, circa 1960

This became the B-side of the first Boone single "Two Hearts Two Kisses", originally by the Charms – whose "Hearts Of Stone" had been covered by the label's Fontane Sisters.

Feeder in 2008

Feeder (band)

Feeder are a British rock band formed in Newport in 1994.

Feeder are a British rock band formed in Newport in 1994.

Feeder in 2008
Taka Hirose performng at Cardiff International Arena, 2005

The campaign in total spawned four UK top 40 singles, which included "Shatter", a reworked version of the "Tumble and Fall" b-side that became a double A-side with "Tender" (#11), released following a fan-petition to see "Shatter" released as a single in its own right.

1956 RCA Victor single picture sleeve

Hound Dog (song)

Twelve-bar blues song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Twelve-bar blues song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

1956 RCA Victor single picture sleeve

"Hound Dog" (G2WW-5935) was initially released as the B-side to the single "Don't Be Cruel" (G2WW-5936) on July 13, 1956.