Useful resources outside of Discogs

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All links taken from the mod forum thread of the same name, started by MR_E

If it isn't noted, the site is written in English

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Writing Credits and the like

You can look up songwriters and composers via these online databases. These databases are not always a 100% match for what's printed on a release; they show the names of people who are currently designated to collect royalties. When searching, you may have better luck searching for partial matches, and experiment with omitting punctuation.

Genre-specific Discographies

  • hotdiscomix: Remix Services - selected services like Disconet, Hot Tracks, Ultimix, etc.
  • Wangdangdula - Selective but very comprehensive 7" artists and labels discographies in blues, R&B, and early rock'n'roll.

Blues

  • The Blues Database
  • Wirz - Selective blues artists and labels discographies focusing on lesser known artists and labels.

Electronic genres and styles

Jazz

  • Jazz Discography Project - Discography and complete sessionographies for selected major jazz artists and labels, 1950's til present.
  • Jazz Standards - lyrics and music credits, limited to the standards (a standard is a composition that is held in continuing esteem and is commonly used in musical repertoires, e.g., as the basis of jazz arrangements and improvisations)
  • Redhotjazz - 78 RPM Jazz discographies, searchable by label and bands.

Reggae, Dance Hall, Soca and associated styles

Soul, R&B

  • Soulfulkindamusic - Mainly 7" records discographies for major, classic era soul & R&B artists, groups and labels.

Location-specific Discographies

Label-specific Discographies and Info

Artist Discographies

Assorted other sites of information

Other research tools

  • Archive.org - home to the Wayback Machine, moderately useful for finding additional information on slightly older submissions, from websites that are now defunct or have removed useful pages.
  • Free Translation - including the major European languages, Russian, Japanese, and both Simplified and Traditional Chinese
  • Google language tools
  • Babelfish by Altavista; like google's, but better
  • Word Reference - good for trying to figure out odd words, if automagic translation systems don't do well, or English isn't your native tongue
  • Dictionary.Reference.com - helpful for figuring out some odd credits
  • Merriam-Webster Online - another dictionary
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