A form of hidden track in which audio is recorded prior to the start of a CD. It's accessed by rewinding to before the start.

Aside from testing each of your CDs individually, what are the symptoms of negative tracks, eh?

  • Read the CDs small print to see if it has a disclaimer along the lines of "CD doesn't fully conform to the Philips Red Book standard". This will usually be printed somewhere on the outer CD -- to warn consumers with older, un-compatible, CD players. One's that don't play this broken standard.
  • The slightly more obvious song credits, and copyright, for unlisted songs.

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