I recently discovered that I have access to Sony's Freegal music download service via my local library, but my limit is five tracks a week. Since I prefer to get full albums, I'm wondering what your favorite albums are with five tracks or fewer. So far I have Miles Davis' Agharta but that's it. I'm a fan of jazz and rock.
Recently I've been all about Sam Cooke's Live at the Harlem Square Club, Etta James Rocks the House, and James Brown Live at the Apollo. Can you recommend other live soul or R&B recordings that have the same kind of raw energy?
I have inherited over 70 old record albums, many 78's. They are mainly a mix of Yiddish and Hebrew songs and spoken word. I have contacted The Idelsohn Society, but they do not have room in their cramped NYC office for this. There's a chance some of these have historic value, so I'd like to get them into good hands. Any ideas who to contact?
I have inherited a box of old photos and documents from my grandfather's house. Not sure what/how to best share and preserve them. [more inside]
Looking for a slick way to update the album artwork for a large (>150gb) music library on a PC. The key here is updating to HD album artwork. My smartphone has a really high res screen and most artwork looks awful on it. What's the easiest, most painless way to do this (for free!)? [more inside]
What bands and albums should I listen to now that I'm finally able to stream almost anything ever made? Extended information as to my taste preferences inside. [more inside]
I have recently discovered that I really love the kind of music that is heartfelt, lyrically strong, with a wistful and melancholic vibe. The type that conjures up images of a world-weary cowgirl/boy (cowperson?) passing on words of wisdom as the sun sets in the distance... and I am looking for more! [more inside]
I have a seemingly never satiated appetite for new, interesting, original music. In the past when I've felt starved for something new, I've looked at the latest releases from record labels I trust that consistently put out exciting albums - think Thrill Jockey, Warp, Ipecac. What other labels should I be monitoring?
As a mini-resolution, I am going to take a month and listen to one new-to-me album every day. The genre is totally unimportant- I just want them to be good! [more inside]
I used to hear a song I liked, and if I really liked it I'd buy the album. But often that has left me feeling disappointed with the quality of the album as a whole. Sometimes all the songs sound the same and the song I liked is the best possible version of that song. Sometimes the other music on the album just doesn't have the feature(s) that made me love the first song I heard from it. So for a while I've only bought the song I liked, and maybe a few others that sound ok when I preview in iTunes. But I'd like to buy whole albums. Hivemind, what are the awesome albums, new or old, that bear listening all the way through, again and again?
Question about Itunes Match....I just got off the phone with an Apple Care Specialist, but I have some doubts of the answers I received as the gentlemen never truly came across as confident in any answers he gave me, as well as a lot of it contradicts stuff I have read by looking around online...Looking for confirmation and clarification... [more inside]
I'm buying CDs for a friend to fill in his jazz collection. What are good online resources to help me pick the best discs? [more inside]
Examples of musicians with alter egos? [more inside]
Music Trivia: What musicians have included their children's voices in their recordings? [more inside]
Tribute albums - I would like to hear your favorites. [more inside]
What is an easy solution for someone who takes a lot of photos and would like to print all of them--or create a printed photo book--WITHOUT putting a lot of effort into it? [more inside]
I'm looking for album or track suggestions along the lines of Doves' Instrumentals of Rust or their track Firesuite. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
I just created a fan page for my photography. Naturally I'd like to add some photos but I can't seem to figure out how. If I click on photos, there's an album for the profile picture, but I can only change that photo; not add to it. There's no option to create a new album. Am I missing something? [more inside]
What are some beautiful Afrikaans-language music albums? I'm looking for modern popular music that is not too folksy or religious, in addition to more timeless songs. [more inside]
What are some great, coherent, sing-along-able albums? [more inside]
Google Music is selling $4.99 albums, but songs are only 49 cents each. Help me beat the system by suggesting great albums that include just a handful of songs. [more inside]
I still use film. I have a bunch of prints sitting in a box. I would like to put together a non-tacky photo album. How? [more inside]
What are some classic/great albums that are less than 45 minutes? [more inside]
Elderly parent has boxes and boxes of photos which are not in any particular order. Some are loose, some are in albums, and a few are on CDs. I have offered to assist in the organization and scanning of some or all of these photos. What would be the easiest way to accomplish this? [more inside]
iPhone/iPod music conundrum. How can I easily see my full albums - and only my full albums - when I also have loaded playlists with multiple single tracks? [more inside]
Do artists listed in the iTunes Store get to adjust the prices of their own music? If so, how? I don't really know what to search for and my usual google-fu is leaving me empty-handed. [more inside]
Similar Albums to Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea [more inside]
What are the best sprawling albums? I'm looking for single-disc albums around an hour long with many songs, e.g. Rain Dogs, Exile on Main Street, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One, and The Runners Four. No compilations, please.
I'm really hating the new thumbnails layout for Facebook albums and want to do something about it. But what? And… [more inside]
Looking for a very specific music blog... Audiophiles, please help! [more inside]
looking for recommendations on thrash/death metal albums. [more inside]
Examples of really great music reviews? [more inside]
Help me find more of the good stuff on emusic. [more inside]
What's the best way of building a vinyl record collection if you know what you want? [more inside]
Which albums sequence their best song in the middle of a side? [more inside]
What were the best albums of 2008? [more inside]
Trying to organize my iTunes library, but I'm going crazy. Itunes is displaying one album as multiple albums. [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for jazz albums with a lineup similar to the one on Sonny Rollins's classic album The Bridge, which has tenor sax + guitar + bass + drums and that's it. (YouTube example.) I love how Jim Hall's guitar takes on the usual role of the piano since it's the only instrument in the ensemble that can play whole chords. [more inside]
How can I group all of my individual (not on an album that I own) tracks together in itunes so that Cover Flow really is just whole albums that I own? [more inside]
How can I browse and listen to iPod playlists or genres by ALBUM instead of by artist or song title? [more inside]
How can I painlessly transfer photos and albums from iPhoto (`08) to iView Media Pro? So far it's proven more complex than I thought... [more inside]
I really like albums that seem to exist in their own little world, devoid of obvious influences - some good examples being Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks"and Talk Talk's "Spirit of Eden". What else should I check out?
Some years ago, there was a resource available at the counter at record stores that enabled one to determine all the albums or collections that a particular song appeared on... [more inside]
Jazz-heads - help me fill out my Xmas wish-list. Especially seeking those with rec's for (say) quartets to octets featuring Baritone Sax, Trombone, and/or strong and prominent rhythm sections. [more inside]
Occasionally in iTunes, I'll be unable to get an album's tracks to line up in the proper order even if I've set all the track numbers properly. It occurs with albums that have been [ahem] cobbled together from various sources. [more inside]
What time are albums actually released on iTunes? The new Spoon comes out tomorrow, and I want to get it the second it's available. Is there a set time, like 12:01 am PST? Or does it just show up whenever they happen to update the store? (Yes, I realize there are, ahem, other ways to get the album, but call me old-fashioned.)
I recently started listening to classical music, but my usual means of finding new albums (radio, friends, overheard-at-the-store, etc.) are somewhat ineffective. Need recommendations! [more inside]
When I was a kid, I absolutely loved this one ABBA tape my mother owned. Problem is, I don't know which one I was listening to. I do remember what color it was, though. [more inside]
I need a list of CD albums in which all the songs are great (no more than one filler). [more inside]
It has come to my attention that my five year-old cousins do not have any Christmas music. Recommendations for fantastic albums, please! [more inside]
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