It depends on what you mean by meaning...
Does is relay the same information?
Yes, but a good way to look at it is like this...
If you look at the two, the main difference between using past perfect and not, both grammatically and in tone and style, has to do with telling a story.
You will notice in news paper articles, television news, and even in everyday speech, when we talk about things that happened in the past we always use the past perfect.
Everything in bold is a
past, and your speaking now in the present.
A third single was recorded but the band
pastdid not have any more money
to release it and
pastdid not expect to release it any more and after
several months the impetus was lost and the band
Now -- past -- past -- past pp etc...
Whenever we talk about things that happened in the past, and we mention something that happened before that, meaning we get a situation where we have repeating
pasts we use the past perfect.
A third single
past was recorded. The band
had run out of money and
hoped that a big label would release it, but after several months and
no success the impetus
had been lost and the band
Now -- past -- pastPerfect -- pastPerfect -- etc..-- and end it with a past
This is very common pattern for telling stories, the point is when you tell stories out of chronological order they become more interesting.
Its boring to listen to someone say,
We went to the store. Then we went home. Then we went to school.
We had been to the store before went home, then we went to the store.
Yes those are both boring sentences, but hopefully you can see one (the one using the past perfect) is a bit more interesting to read. :)