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Help Me Find That CD - FAQs


FAQs

* song title
* performing artist
* album title
* UPC/EAN barcode
* record label
* catalog number
* genre
* producer
* year released

I need help searching for a CD that includes a hard-to-find song.

If your song is from around 1960-1975, search or browse our song lists first (see menu above), and if we do not have what you are looking for, read on. We will walk you, step-by-step, through a systematic search procedure we have devised which we have used successfully to track down hundreds of hard-to-find oldies music recordings on request. First, you will perform a preliminary search at amazon.com and a number of other large online stores including eBay. Once that is complete, most of you will probably have found whatever you are looking for, but if not, you will be walked through another series of searches concluding with a final search at eBay.

Before you start searching for CDs, first make sure you have the correct spellings for your song title and performing artist if you have not already done so. If you are not completely sure of the song title and/or artist, you will save yourself a lot of time and frustration in the long run by verifying this information beforehand. You can quickly double check your song title and artist name at GEMM and if that doesn't work, consult our Name That Tune FAQs.

Tip: As you work through each step, record any information you find at each web site about any CD album titles you may discover along the way. Any spreadsheet program should more than suffice for this purpose, or if you prefer, you can jot down this information by hand. For each CD, keep an eye out for the following: record label, catalog number, number of tracks, UPC or EAN barcode number, total tracks time, and year released.

Preliminary Stores Search

1. Amazon.com

Amazon.com's powerful music search engine is best accessed through their Advanced Search form. Click here to begin your search and scroll down to the Song Title search field.

Tip #1: Enter just enough words to uniquely identify your song title. If it is long and you are not getting any search results, try entering just the first 4-5 words.

Tip #2: If the words in your song title happen to be ones that gives a very large number of hits, we recommend the following:

Example: For "No, No, No" by the Chanters (1961), enter "no chanters" in the Song Title field. The search results will include compilation albums that include the target song. Then, using the Advanced Search form, enter "chanters" in the Artist field. The search results in this case will show that there are no albums by this group. Therefore, the compilation albums found from the song title search are the only ones available at amazon.com that include the target song.

Tip #3: If you are still not getting any hits, try entering just the artist name. The search results will give a list of all compilation CDs that include songs by that artist. (This type of search is ideal for one hit wonders and other hard-to-find artists that may be missed in a search by artist.)

Example: To find all compilation albums that include songs by the Corsairs, enter "corsairs" in the Song Title field. From the search results, you will find two songs by the Corsairs that are available on CD, i.e., "Smoky Places" and "Diamonds And Pearls."

Tip #4: Occasionally, you may find a CD title that is of limited availablilty which you will not be able to purchase immediately. Before you proceed to the next store, record any key information on the CD product web page (i.e., record label, catalog number, year released, number of tracks, and average customer rating).

If you cannot find whatever you are looking for here, or if you just want to see what might be available elsewhere, see below.

2. CDUniverse

Click here to search at CDUniverse. In the search box enter your song and select "Song" below.

3. Amazon.co.uk

The Advanced Search form for amazon.co.uk is very similar to that of amazon.com (see above). Click here to begin your search. Note: The above song title search tips for amazon.com also apply to amazon.co.uk.

4. eBay

  1. Go to eBay.
  2. Click on the "Smart Search" link under the search box.
  3. Under "Search in Categories" select "Music."
  4. Select "Search titles and descriptions" under the search box.
  5. Enter the song title.
  6. To narrow your search results:
    • Enclose song title in quotes.
    • Enter performing artist name, also in quotes.

If you are new to eBay and shopping online, click either "Help" or "Services" at the top of any web page. To buy or sell, you first need to register. Click on the "register now" button next to "Welcome New Users" to be walked through the process.

Tip: If you do not find some of your items the first time around, you can store up to 15 Favorite Searches in My eBay and be notified by e-mail when new items appear in up to 3 searches. To store a search, click "Save this search" at the bottom of your search results page. For more information about this feature, click the "Learn more about Favorite Searches" link.

5. Preliminary Stores Search - Wrap Up

Go to our list of CD stores. Search all remaining stores that enable a search by song title.

Music Web Sites Search

By now, you have a good idea of what is available on CD. If none of the above stores have what you are looking for, it is possible that your song is on an out-of-print or hard-to-find CD. It is also possible that your song is on a CD that is available at one of the stores you already tried, but it did not happen to appear in your search results due to incomplete track information. To find CDs on which your song may be included, you will be walked through a search of five music web sites that have large databases of both in-print and out-of-print CDs and other oldies recordings.

6. Gracenote/CDDB

Search Gracenote
Artist Disc Song
 
  1. Enter both the artist name and song title in the above search box. Make sure both Artist and Song are selected.
    Example: Enter "daddy's little man o.c. smith" to search for CDs that include "Daddy's Little Man" by O.C. Smith. The search results should give two O.C. Smith CD titles.
  2. If you are not getting any hits, try entering just the song title and select only Song.
  3. If you need to narrow your search results, use the Advanced Search form which can be accessed from any web page by clicking on the "Advanced Search" link.
  4. Record any CD album titles found and the number of tracks.

7. Freedb.org

Search the freedb database for artists or CDs:
  
advanced
  1. Enter any CD album titles found from previous searches in the above search box. For each CD title found, record the number of tracks and total tracks time.
  2. To cover all bases, enter the artist name and song title in the above search box. Record all information for any additional CD titles that may be found.
  3. If the above searches give no results, click on the "advanced" link beneath the search box above to access the Advanced Search form and repeat your search on the artist name and song title as follows:
    • Enter the artist name and song title in the Words field.
    • Select both Artist and Track.
    • For faster searching, limit genres to non-data and non-classical CDs. For most oldies pop songs, we find that selecting all the following usually suffices: blues, country, folk, misc, and rock.
    • Select the "by category" Grouping radio button.
  4. If you are still not getting any hits, repeat Step 3 but enter only the song title and select Track.

8. All Music Guide (AMG)

This web site has a lot of information about most mainstream artists, both past and present, as well as many lesser-known artists.

  1. Go to the AMG web site.
  2. Select "Albums" and enter a CD title in the search box.
  3. Record any information found, e.g., record label, catalog number, number of tracks, total tracks time, AMG album rating, and alternate media (e.g., LP, cassette).
  4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for each CD title.
  5. To find more album titles, select "Songs" and enter the song title in the search box.

9. Bowling Green State University Online Library Catalog

If you cannot find any CD titles, try to find LPs that include your song as many oldies LP titles are being re-released on CD. The Bowling Green State University Jerome Library has a huge collection of sound recordings with a wealth of information on LPs that is next to impossible to find elsewhere online.

  1. Go to the BGSU Library Advanced Keyword search form.
  2. Enter the song title in the WORD field.
  3. Select "SOUND RECORD" under Material Type.
Example: To find "Leave Me Tomorrow But Love Me Tonight" by Johnny Rodriguez, enter "leave me tomorrow but love me tonight" and you will get one library record describing a 1979 LP by Johnny Rodriguez entitled "Sketches" with 10 tracks listed (including the target song) and record label information (Mercury 5022).

10. Music Web Sites Search - Wrap Up

If you cannot find any albums that include your song, we recommend a thorough web search at this point to cover all bases. Search on the song title and/or performing artist at both Google and the Usenet Archives using the links below:

  1. Google Advanced Search form.
  2. Google Advanced Groups Search form.

11. What Now?

  1. If you have at least one album title but have not yet found a store that carries your item, go ahead and proceed to Step 12.
  2. If you cannot find any album titles on any media, then please drop us a line and we'll see what we can do to help.

Final Stores Search

12. GEMM (Global Electronic Music Marketplace)

  1. Go to the GEMM home page then click on "Detailed Search" to access GEMM's advanced search form.
  2. Enter the album title and (if necessary) the artist name to narrow your search results.
  3. Select "Backorder OK" in the Availability field to get as complete a list as possible of all items matching your album title.
  4. Follow the links for each item and record all information found. Also make a note of whether the item is new or used and whether or not it is currently available.

13. Final Stores Search - Wrap Up

Go to our list of CD stores and search for each album title in your list. Record whatever information you can find.

Tip: For many stores that carry import CDs, a list of album tracks may not be available. For those stores that list the EAN barcode number, you may be able to obtain a list of tracks by copying this number and pasting it into the Catalogue Number or Barcode field of: Amazon.co.uk; Amazon.de

14. Final Web Search - Wrap Up

If you have not been able to find a store to that carries your album(s), this step will better prepare you to shop at eBay, your final destination. A search of both Google and the Usenet Archives may help you fill in whatever information might be missing about your CD albums.

  1. Google Advanced Search form.
  2. Google Advanced Groups Search form.

15. eBay

  1. Go to eBay.
  2. Click on the "Smart Search" link under the search box.
  3. Under "Search in Categories" select "Music."
  4. Select "Search titles and descriptions" under the search box.
  5. Enter an album title.
  6. To narrow your search results, enclose album title in quotes.

If you are new to eBay and shopping online, click either "Help" or "Services" at the top of any web page. To buy or sell, you first need to register. Click on the "register now" button next to "Welcome New Users" to be walked through the process.

Tip: If you do not find some of your items the first time around, you can store up to 15 Favorite Searches in My eBay and be notified by e-mail when new items appear in up to 3 searches. To store a search, click "Save this search" at the bottom of your search results page. For more information about this feature, click the "Learn more about Favorite Searches" link.

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How can I find out if an oldies LP album has been re-released on CD?

  1. Search by album title at the following:



  2. Sometimes, the tracks from two or more LPs may be combined and re-released as a CD box set with a name different from that of the original LP(s). If the above searches give no results, select one unique song or track from your LP and perform a search by song title. Click here to begin your search. If you need a list of tracks for your LP, search by LP title at the following web sites:

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