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Why do some bands release the exact same songs on EPs as their albums?

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EPs are a real mystery to me.  Are there any musicians or people in the music industry here that can shed some light on why exactly bands release EPs?  I can understand it if there are actually new songs on an EP, like if an artist has a theme they want to explore but it isn't long enough for an LP.  But it seems like a lot of new bands just release the exact same songs on EP as their albums.  There might be one new song.  Do they really expect people to buy the EP just for the one new song (plus a live track plus a crummy demo?)

 

Bright Eyes is one example.

 

But much worse is Bullet For My Valentine - their EPs are hilarious.  They literally repeat the same songs (same versions) across THREE EPs PLUS an album.  And then they release a "Rare Cuts" album that repeats the same songs again! 


Edited by dizzyorange - 9/21/13 at 4:19pm
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I hate "greatest hits" releases too.  

post #3 of 4

for dummies such as myself, what is an ep.  as for greatest hits, I like them for a lot of groups.  eliminates filler.  9throughaway cuts)  what's bad is when the group releases a greatest hits and still has to include filler.

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I'm speculating here, but the possible explanations of EPs released with the same material as LP could be:

Cash flow - trying to raise enough dough to be able to produce a full album

Marketing - releasing a teaser to warm up the audience, get the reviewers to write about it etc

Sub-retail (for the lack of a better term) - selling individual tracks to those who don't want to buy the entire album

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