Discogs - Let's Use It!

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Re: Discogs - Let's Use It!

Postby John Eden » Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:46 pm

I am on there as john-eden

Have contributed a few releases and done the odd bit of correcting here and there.

I'd suggest we start another "help with discogs" thread, where people on this forum can help each other out with problems, queries or stuff like voting on new entries?

I have to say though, that part of me quite likes having some tunes that aren't on discogs. It's good to have some mysteries in life.
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Re: Discogs - Let's Use It!

Postby Mark T » Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:00 pm

I do get messages telling me when someone has edited a release that is in my collection, want list or that I contributed. I suppose some of it seems nitpicking but on the other hand I like the fact that they want a standard, uniform level of entries - just improves the overall site. I have been on Cat45 as well but there is just not enough info on there so discos makes more sense to me.
I think one nice thing about having the editing open is that if someone spots a seller trying to pass something as an original they can point it out and the buyer would hopefully have some recourse.
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Re: Discogs - Let's Use It!

Postby jesperoots » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:32 am

I love the idea of Discogs. Reggae really lacks a good database of records and labels. Big labels in other genres such as rock, the info is extensive, but when it comes to reggae theres still a long way to go.

I get the impression that in other music everything is documented when it comes to which year certain pressings came and so on. But for reggae its only some collectors that got the info in their heads. For example if you look at Studio One its a jungle of different pressings and editions. And now when Coxsone is dead who really knows? There are still people out there that were around there and then, but for how long will that last? How many could remember details about a Studio One 60´s pressing in 20 years from now? I see it as a piece of history that should be preserved and the only ones that could manage it would be the old timer-collectors.

I love the way Graal records have made discographies. For example check the article on Pablo Moses - Revolutionary Dream:
http://www.graalrecords.fr/moses.htm

This kind of knowledge is deep and rare. Big up up Graal if you read this!

Its only to hope for that the ones with the deeper knowledge is willing to make the effort, then Discogs would become a great(er) database.
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Re: Discogs - Let's Use It!

Postby John Eden » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:26 am

Shame there is no "riddim" field in discogs...

probably a bit specialist for them as they cover every kind of music and it would redundant for other genres.
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Re: Discogs - Let's Use It!

Postby kalcidis » Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:33 pm

One of the most annoying things about contributing to Discogs (I've only done the odd 20 releases or so) are the reggae sub-genres which are a bit off (reggae as a sub-genre to reggae?).

Reggae
  • Calypso
  • Dancehall
  • Dub
  • Dub Poetry
  • Junkanoo
  • Lovers Rock
  • Mento
  • Ragga
  • Rapso
  • Reggae
  • Reggae Gospel
  • Reggae-Pop
  • Rocksteady
  • Roots Reggae
  • Ska
  • Soca
  • Steel Band
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Re: Discogs - Let's Use It!

Postby Mr Thô » Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:52 pm

kalcidis wrote:One of the most annoying things about contributing to Discogs (I've only done the odd 20 releases or so) are the reggae sub-genres which are a bit off (reggae as a sub-genre to reggae?).


Agree, I personnaly don't bother that much with styles and sub-genres, I usually use only the most evident.
I would personnaly have listed them as they are usually defined in reference books such as the Rough Guide (non exhaustively : ska, rock steady, early reggae, roots reggae, dub, dancehall...)
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Re: Discogs - Let's Use It!

Postby Rockers Galore » Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:29 pm

John Eden wrote:Shame there is no "riddim" field in discogs...
probably a bit specialist for them as they cover every kind of music and it would redundant for other genres.


Now that would be a good idea!

There's always Roots Knotty Roots http://www.reggaefever.ch/rkr/ for Jamaican singles. $25 for a years subscription will put a lot of people off though I'm sure.
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Re: Discogs - Let's Use It!

Postby minidub » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:14 pm

discogs is having a 2 day meeting here at my place of employment (we offer off-beat meeting & event rooms). i'm tempted to print out this thread and offer it up. heck, it's honest feedback from a demographic they are certainly aiming for.

maybe i'll trade the feedback for a discogs t-shirt! half of them are sporting one, and i'd take one myself...

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Re: Discogs - Let's Use It!

Postby Marvin » Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:14 pm

Yep, I agree

Been on there for 9 months in small quantity, easy to use if the release is already listed although a touch more involved when submitting.
Depth of detail is reassuring especially when listing matrix etc. Still slightly miffed by adding sound clips as the file size
limit is very small and adding a direct link to a file hosting site is tricky.

All in all a good experience, 3 timewasters in 15-20 deals.
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Re: Discogs - Let's Use It!

Postby minidub » Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:29 pm

well last night I introduced myself to some of the discogs folks and told them about this message board (they seemed to be aware of B&F label, but these are not reggae folks) and told them there was honest feedback from their intended demographic which they might find valuable. I told them I printed out the thread discussion, in case they wanted to read it.

they totally agreed that they would be bound to glean something useful from the thread and actually offered (as in I didn't have to ask!) me a t-shirt for coming forward with something the might find useful.

they were some really cool and nerdy guys!

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Re: Discogs - Let's Use It!

Postby dan i dubdub » Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:46 pm

glad to hear it minidub. I posted up about 100 or so mixed tunes a couple of months ago and there has been a steady dripfeed of sales, which is great - means I can pay for some new tunes :D

I have just steered clear of adding tunes that aren't already in their database. I need to psych myself to try that again.
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