Two-vinyl release track numbering

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Cat Power’s “Sun”, the deluxe edition, has three vinyl media.
The track listing on the labels is printed thusly:
Medium 1:

  • 1A1, A2, 1B1, 1B2

Medium 2:

  • 2A1, 2A2, 2B1, 2B2

Medium 3:

  • A, B

How should the tracks be recorded in MB for each medium?


If you think it’s important, you could set them as:

1A1, 1A2, 1B1, 1B2
2A1, 2A2, 2B1, 2B2
3A, 3B

Or alternatively use the usual:

A1, A2, B1, B2
C1, C2, D1, D2
E, F

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Thanks Jesus,

I’m sure I’ve seen it in my travels but can’t find it :frowning: - is there a style guide for vinyl numbering?

I admit that capturing the medium number across media seems redundant.

  • A1, A2, B1, B2
  • A1, A2, B1, B2
  • A, B

also be acceptable? (Given that the media is already collated).

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I can’t seem to find anything either.

Personally I would only really do it this way if the release is a “collection” of separate releases. See this release for example:

The first two mediums make up an album, so the tracks are labelled A#, B#, C#, D#. The third medium was originally a separate release which was “bundled” with the album, and so the tracks are labelled A#, B#.

However I don’t think anyone would find your proposal unacceptable given you could reasonably argue artist intent based on the labels.

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This release is similar to your example. The release comprises an album of two vinyl media, and a promotion single, also vinyl.

So to use your example this would work:

  • A1, A2, B1, B2
  • C1, C2, D1, D2
  • A, B

Yes that would work and it makes it clear that the first two vinyl are part of the same album.

However as I said, I don’t think anyone would object to any of your proposals, so feel free to use whatever you feel is best :slightly_smiling_face: