Refers to a Long Playing album. This traditionally refers exclusively to the standard 33 1/3 rpm vinyl records, which contain about 5 or 6 tracks per side. It’s now commonly used also as a catch-all for referring to an album. As the album transitioned from the LP to the cassette and then to the CD, people didn’t use the term LP to describe albums in general as much. Since albums come in all shapes and sizes now, the term LP seems increasingly appropriate.
The term LP is even more handy when used as a way to differentiate between full length albums and short EPs, which are normally 4-5 songs in length.
How it’s used in a concert setting: “And if you like our music…go to the back and pick up our EP at the merch table. Hold tight for a few months and hopefully we’ll finally finish up that LP.”
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