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Encyclopedia > Hidden track

In the field of recorded music, a hidden track (sometimes secret track) is a piece of music which has been placed on a Compact Disc, audio cassette, vinyl record or other recorded medium in such a way as to avoid detection by the casual listener. In some cases, the piece of music may simply have been left off the track listing, whilst in other cases more elaborate methods are used. In some rare cases a "hidden track" is actually the result of an error that occurred during the mastering stage of the record's production. “Sound recorder” redirects here. ... CD redirects here. ... The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a magnetic tape sound recording format. ... A 12-inch record (left), a 7-inch record (right), and a CD (above) Two 7 singles (left), two colored 7 singles (middle), and two 7 singles with large spindle holes (right). ... Mastering, a form of audio post-production, is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device (the master); the source from which all copies will be produced (via methods such as pressing, duplication or replication). ...

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Methods

On unindexed media such as vinyl records, hidden tracks are generally additional tracks omitted from the liner notes. "Train in Vain" on The Clash's London Calling is technically a hidden track because it does not appear on the track listing, although it was not intended to be such (see also Reasoning).[1][2][3] Alternately, a vinyl record may be double-grooved, with the second groove containing the hidden tracks. Notable examples of double-grooving are Monty Python's infamous "three-sided" Matching Tie and Handkerchief, Tool's Opiate EP[4] and Mr. Bungle's Disco Volante. A 12-inch record (left), a 7-inch record (right), and a CD (above) Two 7 singles (left), two colored 7 singles (middle), and two 7 singles with large spindle holes (right). ... Train in Vain (Stand by Me) is a song off the album London Calling, (1979) by the U.K. punk/rock band The Clash. ... This article is about the English punk rock band. ... This article is about the album. ... A multisided record is a type of vinyl record which actually provides a track on the record with more than one groove per side. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons,[2][3] is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief was the fourth album by the Monty Python comedy group, released in 1973. ... Tool is an American rock band that was formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, California. ... For other uses, see Opiate (disambiguation). ... Mr. ... This article is about the album. ...


On indexed media such as compact discs, double-grooving cannot be used, but there are additional methods of hiding tracks, such as:

  • Placing the song after another track (usually, but not necessarily, the last track on the album), following a long period of silence. For example, Nirvana's song "Endless, Nameless", was included as a hidden track in this way on their 1991 CD Nevermind, after 10 minutes of complete silence.[5][6] Although it was not the first hidden track to use this technique, this hidden song gained significant attention.[2] This is the most common method used of placing a hidden track on a CD. However, sometimes a hidden track will feature as part of another track in the middle of an album, as is the case with the song "Affliction" from AFI's album DECEMBERUNDERGROUND. Another example is "Better Man" by British rock band Oasis. The song lasts for roughly 5 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of complete silence, then a hidden instrumental called "The Cage".
  • Placing the song in the pregap of the first indexed track, so that the CD must first be cued to the track, and then manually rewound; these are usually referred to as "Track 0".[7] The "downside" of this method is that the CD player will not play these tracks without manual intervention and some models (including computers) are unable to read this content. See Albums with songs hidden in the pregap.
  • Making the track playable only through a computer. An example would be Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals. This album contains a hidden track only playable with a computer.

Often it is unclear whether a piece of music should be considered a hidden track. For example, "Her Majesty," which is preceded by fourteen seconds of silence, was originally unlisted on The Beatles' Abbey Road but is listed on current versions of the album.[10] This is allegedly the first instance of a hidden track (except that The Beatles has a hidden track after "Cry Baby Cry", referred to only as "Can You Take Me Back" (see "Cry Baby Cry" for more). The song snippet at the end of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is considered by some to be a hidden track, by others to be noise not worthy of such a designation, and by others to be part of "A Day in the Life."[11] Silence is a relative or total lack of sound. ... This article is about the American grunge band. ... Endless, Nameless is a song by the band Nirvana. ... For other uses, see Nevermind (disambiguation). ... AFI, in recent years short for A Fire Inside, is an American band from Ukiah, California. ... Better Man (sometimes written as Betterman) is a song that was written by Eddie Vedder when he was in high school, which he first performed with a San Diego based group called Bad Radio and later recorded with Pearl Jam. ... For the English rock band, see Oasis (band). ... The pregap on a Red Book audio CD is the portion of the audio track that precedes index 01 for a given track in the table of contents (TOC). ... The pregap on a Red Book audio CD is the portion of the audio track that precedes index 01 for a given track in the table of contents (TOC). ... Glenn Danzig is an American singer, songwriter and musician who is largely considered to be the founding father of the Horror punk genre of music. ... Danzig 4 is an album by Danzig. ... Bowling for Soup is an American Grammy nominated, comedy influenced pop-punk band who originally formed in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1994. ... Singles from Drunk Enough to Dance Released: 2002 Released: 2002 Released: 2003 Drunk Enough to Dance is Bowling for Soups second album with Jive Records, released August 6, 2002. ... This article is about the person. ... Antichrist Superstar (written Antichrist Superstar in several places as an allusion to Latin) is Marilyn Mansons second full-length studio release and was released in 1996. ... This article refers to the Finnish band. ... Greatest Lovesongs Vol. ... This article is about the instrument. ... The note from Tool that accompanied censored versions. ... Overkill is a slang term for the use of excessive force that seems to go much further than necessary to achieve its goal. ... W.F.O. (which stands for Wide Fuckin Open) is an album by thrash metal band Overkill released in 1994 on Atlantic Records. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... Heaven and Hell is an album by Black Sabbath, released in May 1980 (see 1980 in music). ... For other uses, see Judas priest (curse). ... This article is about the person. ... Alternate Cover Limited Tour Edition Mechanical Animals is Marilyn Mansons third full-length album, released on September 15, 1998. ... Her Majesty is the name of a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon-McCartney) that appears on The Beatles album Abbey Road. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version—originally making it a hidden track. ... The White Album redirects here. ... This article is about The Beatles song. ... This article is about The Beatles song. ... For other uses, see Sgt. ... This article is about noise as in sound. ... For other uses, see A Day in the Life (disambiguation). ...


Reasoning

Most artists who decide to include a hidden track do so simply to surprise their fans. Sometimes, the tracks are hidden for specific reasons:

  • In some rare cases, it is used to put forbidden (by law) songs on live discs. An example is Ramones' Loco Live American version, which has the song "Carbona Not Glue" hidden after "Pet Cemetery" on track 17. It was originally recorded on their album Leave Home, but the makers of the spot remover Carbona, a registered trademark, objected. Therefore reference to the song was taken off of the album and cover.[12]
  • The aforementioned "Train in Vain" was left out of the track listing simply because it was added last-minute to the album; it was initially for a different compilation album.[3]
  • The song Look at Your Game, Girl written by Charles Manson is not listed on "The Spaghetti Incident?" album of cover versions by Guns N' Roses to avoid controversy.[citation needed]
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic's Bite Me was put on after ten minutes of silence to scare listeners who had forgotten to turn off the CD player.[citation needed]
  • The 13th track on a record is sometimes "hidden" (unlisted), part of a long Western tradition of avoiding mention of the number.
  • Including a track that was made popular from appearing in another medium may increase sales in current product; case in point being Lauryn Hill's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," which charted in the US due to it's placement in the film Conspiracy Theory.

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Notability

Sometimes hidden tracks have become quite popular and received heavy radio airplay, and occasionally climbed the charts.

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See also

A virtual Easter egg is a hidden message or feature in an object such as a movie, book, CD, DVD, computer program, or video game. ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... This list contains the names of albums that contain a hidden track and also information on how to find them. ... Backmasking (also known incorrectly as backward masking)[1] is a recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backwards onto a track that is meant to be played forwards. ... In terms of recorded music, a bonus track is a piece of music which has been included on specific releases or reissues of an album. ...

References

  1. ^ Hidden Songs: The Clash, Train in Vain. Retrieved on 2007-03-07.
  2. ^ a b Thompson, Dave (2002). The Music Lover's Guide to Record Collecting. Backbeat Books, 50-51. ISBN 0879307137. 
  3. ^ a b The Greatest Songs Ever! "Train in Vain (Stand by Me)". Retrieved on 2007-03-07.
  4. ^ The Tool FAQ. Retrieved on 2007-03-07.
  5. ^ Cross, Charles R.; Jim Berkenstadt (2004). Nevermind. Music Sales Group, 103. ISBN 0825672864. 
  6. ^ Endless, Nameless. Retrieved on 2007-03-08.
  7. ^ a b Katz, Bob; Robert A. Katz (2002). Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science. Focal Press, 93. ISBN 0240805453. 
  8. ^ Hidden Songs: Danzig, Invocation.
  9. ^ Hidden Songs: Bowling for Soup, Belgium (Acoustic). Retrieved on 2007-03-07.
  10. ^ Hidden Songs: The Beatles, Her Majesty. Retrieved on 2007-03-07.
  11. ^ Hidden Songs: The Beatles, Untitled. Retrieved on 2007-03-07.
  12. ^ Muze Product Notes (at Tower Records): Leaving Home. Retrieved on 2007-03-07.
  13. ^ Bliesener, Mark; Steve Knopper (2004). CIG to Starting a Band. Alpha Books, 107. ISBN 1592571816. 
  14. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named kerosene_hat
  15. ^ She Said by Collective Soul Songfacts. Retrieved on 2007-03-07.
  16. ^ Piano Sheet Music - Rascal Flatts - Skin. Retrieved on 2007-03-07.
  17. ^ Pearl Jam Q&A.

External links

  • Hidden Songs A user submitted database of hidden song listings.
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