IMDB for music?

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  1. Camp

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    Is there something similar to the Internet Movie Database for music? -or is the All Music Guide (http://www.allmusic.com/) the closest thing?

    I like the AMG but it doesn't go nearly as in-depth as the IMDB does for movies. Just curious if there is something else out there I'm missing.
     
  2. Ike

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    All Music is the closest I've found.
     
  3. RaulR

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    All Music and the IMDB share another similarity -- they're riddled with factual errors. But they're good starting points for finding out basic information. Just don't take everything they say as gospel.
     
  4. John Watson

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    A few possibly good sites, some of which I found here courtesy of other members :

    Lyric finder : http://www.lyricfind.com/

    Title Finder : http://repertoire.bmi.com/startpage.asp

    Misheard lyrics : http://www.kissthisguy.com/

    Music Lists : http://www.recordresearch.com/

    When I go to commercial sites to find out something about albums, CDNow seems to be better than Amazon. But there are any amazing number of albums with almost no info about the content, let alone sound samples. Hard to figure out why they list them, I know I am not likely to buy one like that.
     
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  6. Kevin C Brown

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    I like allmusic. But it is hit or miss in terms of how much info they have about a band. But I also like the reviews that show up on Amazon. You can learn a lot of "tidbits" about different releases that way. (Heart's Magazine on lp is a better buy than CD, where they hacked a bunch of the songs; Planet of the Apes VHS has some TV stuff that was never included on the DVDs, etc.)
     
  7. Michael Hughes

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    I like allmusic a lot, but there reviews are hit and miss. I use amazon as well.
     
  8. Joel Fontenot

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    i like ubl.com
     
  10. Kevin C Brown

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    Joel- He was comparing to the '77 version. I have both on lp (different song order, and there's a disclaimer on the '77 version), and was considering getting the CD.
     
  11. Joel Fontenot

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    Kevin,

    I did assume that to be the case, but that reviewer did not make a point of the fact that he was comparing the CD version to the "unauthorized" and very rare 1977 LP release.

    Instead he chastised the CD for being the exact same (and dare I say, a very well done) version as the more common and readily available (for years, along with the picture disc) 1978 re-mixed LP.

    He just should have been more clear.

    I don't have the '77 version, but I know all about it and plan to hunt it down on e-bay some day. However, It's the '78 version I grew up with. [​IMG]

    Joel
     
  12. Kevin C Brown

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    To be honest, I didn't compare the track times. The '77 version I have doesn't have them! [​IMG] (My copy is on Arista records from Holland.) So I actually don't know if there are further differences between the '78 lp and the CD.
     
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  14. Ken Stuart

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    If you know the name of the artist (which, of course, is 99.9% of the time), then by far the best source of information is the highest-traffic unofficial web site, the one run by a dedicated fan.

    For example, for information on the 1960's rock supergroup "Cream", the best and most accurate information is at:

    http://twtd.bluemountains.net.au/cream/default.htm

    For Miles Davis, there is probably literally a thousand times more information at:

    http://www.wam.umd.edu/~losinp/music/miles_ahead.html

    than anywhere else.

    And so on.
     
  15. Kevin C Brown

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    Ken- It's pretty easy to find sites like that with bands that have unique names: Cheer Accident, Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard, but any hints for a common word named band? Heart, The Who, UFO... ?? UBL used to be a lot more useful in that it would include unofficial web sites, but it doesn't seem to do that anymore. I usually try Google, but it's hit and miss...
     
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    Kevin,

    Try adding words like "discography" or song or album titles to the search. You can even add "unofficial" and see what turns up.
     
  17. Kevin C Brown

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    Exactly right. [​IMG] I've even done that before, looking for a info on a specific recording. But it was always looking for an individual disc, but not general info on the artist! Cool.
     

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