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Original year from....

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 5:26 am
by pah68
Does anyone know of a good source for original year on a per track basis? I'd like to spend 10-15 minutes tagging 30,000+ tracks with the original year :P

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 6:21 am
by Eyal
Are you really going to spend a big 15 minutes of your time on this?
How generous your are!

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 7:12 pm
by pah68
It may take a l i t t l e bit longer than 10-15 minutes.

Any idea, suggestions?

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:50 pm
by nohitter151
I use wikipedia for finding the original year, but it will take you 10 - 15 months, not minutes, to do all those tracks. :wink:

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 10:12 pm
by pah68
Yeah...I've been doing that. :(

Anyone up for a scripting challenge?

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 7:33 am
by simbo
I use allmusic.com - a little slow but always reliable. What you'd really want is a script that queries the AMG database, but Lasso licenses don't come cheap... Shall we start a collection? :wink:

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 5:54 pm
by MCSmarties
10-15 minutes to get the original year for a whole collection?!! :o

Man, more often than not I spend that kind of time PER SONG!

IMO 'original year' is one of the most interesting but also most difficult fields to populate.

Sources I use, pretty much in order of importance:
1. allmusic (almost useless for music outside the anglo-saxon realm)
2. wikipedia (not always reliable)
3. google, used in several ways:
- searching for an artist's official homepage / a good fanpage and hoping for a biography or complete discography
- searching for lyrics
- searching for charts for that particular music genre
4. discogs
5. the Joel Whitburn chart book (or rather, one of the XLS files that circulate every now and then on alt.binaries.sounds.whitburn.pop)

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:25 pm
by just_any_1
I little off the subject, but has anyone tried to change the Original Year by hitting F2. It works on the other fields , but not O/Y.

KB