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Guide to Abbreviations

See also the alphabetical list of abbreviations.

Inserts, Stickers and Bonuses
 Insert(s) "w/ins" or "wIns" or or "*/ins" when * is another comment ie "Jpn/ins"
 Poster "w/pstr" or "wPstr" or "*/pstr" when * is another comment ie "Jpn/pstr"
 Book "w/bk" or "wBk" or "*/bk" when * is another comment ie "Jpn/bk"
 Promo Sticker on Lbl "ProStkrLbl"
 Gatefold Jacket "GF", only used for an LP with a gatefold jacket, if and only if it is known that an alternate version exists which didn't have the GF.

Label and Pressing Variations
Promo Label "ProLbl" - Label is PRINTED promo, not merely stickered
White Label Promo "WLP" - Label is actually a white variation on the commercial label
WLP with timing strip "WLPw/ts" or "WLPwTS"
Test Pressing "testpress"
Picture Disc "PicDsc"
Colored Vinyl - Red "RedVnl"
Colored Vinyl - Blue "BluVnl"
Colored Vinyl - Orange "OrngVnl"
Colored Vinyl - Green "GrnVnl"
Colored Vinyl - White "WhtVnl"
Colored Vinyl - Clear "ClrVnl"
Multi-color Vinyl "MultiClrVnl" or "ClrVnl" as fits

Manufacturers and Consumer Augmentations
BB hole "bb" or "bbh"
Cut corner "cc"
Cut-out hole "coh"
Slice or cut-out nick "coh" (same as cut-out hole for simplicity's sake)
Timing strip "w/ts"
Sticker on cover "w/stkr" or "wStkr" (refers to an official advertisement sticker, not a price tag, etc.)
Tape on seam or spine "tos" (only necessary for 6" or more of tape or for a smaller but grotesque opaque tape-job)
Writing on back cover "wobc"
Writing on front cvr "woc" (if writing on both front AND back, then use "woc" only)
Writing on label "wol"
Water Stain "H2O" (From the libraire du Jacques Costeau)

Format Abbreviations
78 disc "78rpm"
78 Box set of 4 discs "4-78sSet"
10" LP 10"LP
7" EP 7"EP
7" Single 7"
8-track Tape Cartridge "8Tk"
4-track Tape (open reel) "4Tk"
2-track Tape (open reel) "2Tk"

Country Abbreviations
Japan "Jpn"
Japanese with OBI Strip "Jpn w/ OBI" or "Jpn wOBI"
Germany "Ger"
France "Fra"
Italy "Ita"
Great Britain "UK"

Audiophile Abbreviations
Quad "Quad"
Original Master Recording "OMR"
1/2 Speed Master "HSM"
Quiex II "Quiex"
Direct to Disc "Dir2Dsc"
Miscellaneous Abbreviations
Volume 2 "V.2"
Themes "Thms"
Soundtrack "sdtk"

Abbreviations guide for label names:

Label abbreviations consist of the first three letters of the company name. Below are listed the exceptions which are either companies known by their initials, companies whose name contains punctuation or non-letter symbols, such as "A&M", or companies for which a fourth letter designation has been added because they shared their first three letters with another company's name.

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A&M "A&M"
ABC "ABC"
ATCO "ATCO"
CBS "CBS"
Colgems "Colg"
Colpix "Colp"
EMI "EMI"
GNP Crescendo, et al "GNP"
EMI "EMI"
GNP Crescendo, et al "GNP"
Independent (REC0RD-ABLE DVD & CD) "Ind"
MCA "MCA"
MGM "MGM"
Polydor "Pold"
Polygram "Polg"
RCA "RCA"
RSO "RSO"
20th Century Fox "20th"
Warner Brothers "WB"


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