X & Y is the third studio album by English rock band Coldplay. It was the middle of 2005 published and followed after nearly three years the second album.
- 4.1 Speed of Sound
- 4.2 Fix You
- 4.3 Talk 4.3.1 CD single
- 4.3.2 7 " vinyl single
- 4.3.3 DVD single
- 4.3.4 Dutch 3- CD set
- 4.3.5 Australian CD single
As I worked on their previous albums Coldplay again with producer Ken Nelson. The production lasted 18 months. The album was recorded in eight different studios, including London, Liverpool, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
The album cover was designed by Tappin Gofton, who had already created cover for The Chemical Brothers. It is supposed to represent the album title X & Y in the commonly used in telegraphy Baudot code in the Murray - variant (CCITT -2). The colors have no meaning.
The two outer columns show the code for X ( 11101 ) and Y ( 10101 ), the two inside the escape code ( 11011 ) for the special character mode and - in modern terms - incorrect in a bit code for the ampersand ( 11010 ) However, the encoding of special characters was historically inconsistent. Since missing the switch back to letter mode ( 11111 ) before the Y, it should show up as special characters ( ' 6') and all the code thus be interpreted as X96.
The dashed dividing line is a throwback to the early Baudot code variant (CCITT -1), in which the 5 -bit codes were divided into 2- and 3- groups and with the middle and index fingers of the left hand and with the index, middle and ring finger of the right hand are entered.
On the covers of the respective four singles title was visualized in the same way as Baudot code. He can also be found in the booklet of the album again.
Bonus Track (Japan)
Tour Edition - Disc 2
In the Netherlands, Australia and Japan, the album was re-released as a 2- CD set. CD 2 contains the B-sides of singles Speed of Sound, Fix You and Talk:
The single Speed of Sound was released shortly before the album and made it straight into the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. The last British band, who had succeeded, were the Beatles.
After Fix You, the second single from the album, now the song Talk was released as a single, which contains a sample from Computer Love by Kraftwerk. In the accompanying video was directed by Anton Corbijn.
Speed of Sound
7 " vinyl single
Dutch 3- CD set
Australian CD single
The Hardest Part
The album was immediately after the appearance of a chart hit in the U.S. as well as throughout Europe. So far, more than 11 million copies have been sold of this album around the world. The IFPI said that X & Y was the best selling album worldwide of 2005.