Years and years ago, I tried to put my recorded music collection into a database. I thought it would be so cool to be able to search for every detail on song on every piece of vinyl and every CD I owned. I worked on it for a couple of Sunday afternoons before I gave up. It was hopeless.
I can’t remember what database program I used–it might have been a Lotus product–but once iTunes came on the scene, my problems were (mostly) solved. I’m still ripping my CDs, but my I have almost instant access to more than 65,000 songs.
There’s still the problem of vinyl in my basement. I have almost no idea what’s down there. This brings me to an email from Jeff:
I, too, have a large LP collection. Are you aware of a database of popular lps, one that is comprehensive and sortable?
I’m looking for a database which is comprehensive, sortable and reliable source that lists all lps. Discogs is a train wreck of errors, confused categories and redundancies.
If I am collecting a particular artist’s records, or a label’s, or am interested in all mono releases across labels from 1960-1967, how can I do that?
Sorry to belabor this, but I’ve been asking this question for years and still don’t see a source that can do this. How can we collect records if we don’t know what’s out there? How can anyone claim mastery of their subject without that kind of rigor?
Any suggestions for software that might create some sanity for people like Jeff and me?