Hey people, this is a great thread. Definitely concatenate this information somewhere!
One of the hardest (if not the hardest) piece of information to find out IMO is the original release date of a song.
Even allmusic.com often doesn't have it... but anyway, back to topic.
tinana wrote:I hate to say it, but for obscure vinyl lp's that'll never be issued on cd or for those pressed in foreign countries and which won't likely be issued on cd, I use the Ebays for downloading artwork.
I agree 100% with you, been using that trick myself for a while.
Very often, sellers who sell really rare stuff will include a fairly high quality (or at least "largish" cover art), sometimes even liner information...
Couple of things you can do to make this even more powerful:
1. Narrow the search for music only. Pick the category manually, or use the following link:http://music.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=<search term>&_in_kw=1&_ex_kw=&_sacat=11233
(separate multiple keywords with "+", for example use the term "rolling+stones")
2. Search for completed listings
to greatly extend your chances of success!
The link pattern is:http://search.ebay.<extension>/ws/search/AdvSearch
(where <extension> can be com
Then narrow the search to music and select the checkmark "... completed listings" (in whatever language you need!)
Unfortunately there are 2 caveats:
1. you can't search "all of ebay". You must separately search ebay.com, ebay.ca, ebay.fr, ebay... you get the idea.
2. you must be registered. Ebay you to sign in if you check the "search completed listings only" field.
What's nice is that your login works on all ebay localized sites (bet you didn't know you were registered to shop in The Philippines!)
What's not nice is that ebay won't transfer your login. You have to log in everywhere separately.
Obviously, this kind of involved search, even if it is extremely powerful, is only worth it if you're almost desperate... like I've been known to be on occasion... uh, often...
PS: Holy cow, I just realized this thread was long dead... sorry for resurrecting it, I don't know how I ended up here!