ALBUM CREDITS and WHY THEY’RE IMPORTANT
Today a new Kanye album has released and it sparked something in me about album credits. Being that I heard the album during a livestream it made me wonder about who produced what, who’s featured, what are the name of these samples??!
Gone are the days of flipping through that CD book admiring the fresh photo shoot, reading the thank you note, and of course the album credits(which sometime featured lyrics).
Album credits are essential to an album because you can see everyone who contributed to the sound that are pleasing to your ears.
For example, Kanye West’s All of The Lights from his 2010 album “MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY”. It was like a thousand people on that song and without the credits it would hard to identify everyone who was apart of that song.
1. everyone’s voice wasn’t distinguishable
2. Every person behind each instrument/lyric cannot be identified.
Album credits add to the excitement of the album. Even with my own album, if you check the iTunes info you can see the names of people I went to school with and samples I’ve used that may not be identifiable. It makes people wanna listen even more when they can identify with something so close to them like seeing they’re on name or hearing themselves.
With the digital takeover, the CD collector has been at a disadvantage with fully capturing the moment of purchasing a new album.
But thanks to Platforms like TIDAL that include the credits, users can get a sense of the old times once more.