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Old 07-12-2013, 02:16 PM
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Just wondering, if a song has multiple versions, does anyone know how radio stations determine which version is used as its standard version that is played?

There have been cases where I was unaware that a longer/extended version of a song was available and in some cases better than the standard version, and it is usually by sheer coincidence that I become aware of other versions of the same song. I mean if the radio station doesn't even play an extended version of a song, how is the average music consumer supposed to reasonably know that it exists?

One example:


For instance, the first extended version of this song is over 1 minute longer than the standard radio edit version, and has additional lyrics and a longer intro instrumental section?
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:59 PM
Location: East Tennessee
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I get why songs are shortened for radio, but I do prefer the full length copies of songs that I love.

God bless you always!!!

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Old 07-12-2013, 07:04 PM
Location: Vermont / NEK
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It ain't nothing new. When the Doors released Light My Fire in 1967 it was about 7 minutes in length. Some rock stations played it. Then a shortened version came out as a 45 that was under 3 minutes and all rock stations played it. The heart and soul of that song was ripped right out of it. The only way a listener could tell which version was being played was to wait for the bridge and the instant you heard Krieger's repetitive 4 note cue after only 20 or so seconds, you knew you had the dud version. I was 13 then and it hit me that radio stations weren't so much about music as they were about making $$$.
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