Versioning scheme

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Structure

major[.minor[revision]]

Major release

The major number is increased in the case of significant differences in:

The numbering usually begins with:

  • 0 which stands for the demo pressing or sample edition (only in the case of noticeable differences)
  • 1 which stands for the first released commercial edition (the vinyl version in most of the cases until the end of the "vinyl era")

Examples:

  • Hot Rats version 1 = Original stereo (vinyl), version 2 = Heavy remix with a lot of overdubs (CD)
  • Lumpy Gravy version 0 = Demo (acetate), ...

Minor release

The minor number (optional) is increased in the case of significant differences in:

The numbering usually begins with both 1 and 2. 0 is not used if there is only one version in the major release.

Examples:

  • Freak Out! version 1.1 = Original stereo (vinyl), 1.2 = Original mono (vinyl), 1.3 = Shortened mono (single vinyl), 2 = Remix (CD)
  • Apostrophe(') version 1.1 = Original stereo (vinyl), 1.2 = Original quad (CD-4 LP and Quad-8 tape)

Revision

The revision lower case letter (optional) is increased (in the alphabetic order) in the case of very subtle variations that are difficult or almost impossible to hear.

The 'numbering' usually begins with both a and b.

Example:

  • The JP and the US/EU Mystery Disc CDs have a different gain (JP is around 5% higher). So small remastering nuances could be numbered like 1.2a & 1.2b...

Additional marks

Essential versions

Only the characters indicating essential versions are displayed in bold.

Examples:

  • 1.2a and 1.2b means any 1.2 is ok.

Special offers

Twofer CDs

The music/sound version shown in the table should only relate to the current page album music/sound, not the whole disc.

Box sets

A different version could be attributed for each disc, several sound versions in the same box referring to separate records.

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