Thanks Don...

Not that I'm defending the response that was provided, I did neglect to note
in my original post that I am specifically speaking in terms of Classical
and Operatic recordings.  [And a couple of _years_ of doing "Google
searches" hasn't provided links to public sites with the information that I

D. Blake Werts

----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Tait" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2006 5:39 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Fwd: [ARSCLIST] Dating LPs ?

>   "Frankly," to use your word, I am equally aghast that you use the words
> "laziness and stupidity" to characterize this request. It was clearly
sincere. If
> you had this information to impart, fine. Do so in the spirit of helping
> honest, genuine request for help and give collegial advice and assistance
> someone who might not have known about the sources you cite.
>   Don Tait


> Frankly,I am aghast at either the laziness,or stupidity of some
people.There have been price guides out there for about thirty five
years,and now with this here "series of tubes" thingy, the internets,and
all,you just need to do a simple Google,and you usually find out fairly
soon.Both Sides Now is fairly accurate
for the bigger labels,but not so hot for indies.There are numerous collector
sites for budget classical of the 50s/early 60s,and for 50s/60s/70s
rock,from all over the world,that have ridiculously complete discographical
information,that I could never dream of putting together on my own.And there
are new sites coming online all the time,like one I discovered recently for
post-Shadows,pre-Beatles European/Asian guitar bands.Granted there are still
some unknown private-issue Lps,mostly,classical,as well as stuff like "The
Harlem Twisters"(Canadian),I have yet to find anything on,but there is very
little of this.Sheesh
>                              Roger Kulp
> Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote: Hi Blake:
> I think the Schwann is as close as possible for what you're trying to do,
unless you can acquire old
> sales catalogs, which I think would indicate exact release dates. I think
you'd have difficulty
> finding those catalogs from back in ye dayes because there has been so
much M&A activity in the
> record-company business. I notice CD reissues concentrate on recording
dates -- and sometimes rely
> on less-than-reliable discography books. I'm not sure why the LP release
date is important enough to
> go through the exercise of gathering the info.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "D. Blake Werts"
> To:
> Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2006 2:37 PM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Dating LPs ?
> > The scenario:  I've got a "few" Long Plays (LPs) and I would love to be
> > to ascertain an approximate "release date" for each as I am populating
> > collection database.  The approximations do not need to be of high
> > precision--a range of 3 to 4 months would suffice.  Barring knowledge of
> > existence of an "Almost Complete 78 RPM Record Dating Guide" for LPs,
> > somewhat at a loss as to how I might be able to find such information.
> > example, I would like to be able to take the label and catalog number of
> > LP like a favorite of mine, (Mercury MS90488 Rodrigo: Concierto Andaluz,
> > Concierto de Aranjuez - Romeros), and be presented with the information
> > seek.
> >
> > Question 1: does any such general resource exist (in print or
> > or currently being created?
> >
> > Question 2 [and probably the REAL question of this post]: would anyone
> > be interested in such a resource (other collectors, libraries,
> > etc.)?
> >
> > I'm asking these questions because I am considering beginning such a
> > and would like to hear your thoughts.  I know that there are lots of
> > to work through--first trying to see if there would be a need/use for
> > effort.
> >
> > Thanks Much for your Time,
> > D. Blake Werts
> >
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