Rarebird's Record Resources


Discogs - A massive database and marketplace for music collectors

eBay - The top auction site on the internet has always been a good place to score rare recordings.

Amazon.com - The most obvious place to purchase things online, where you should be able to find almost any CD or vinyl LP currently in print, or import versions of out-of-print titles. Their third-party marketplace sellers often offer out-of-print titles. And, of course, digital music can be purchased or streamed.

If you want to shop around among other major online music retailers, you can still shop at Barnes & Noble , FYE , CD Universe , and the new Tower Records .

RSD MRKT - An online network of indie music stores, operated by the official Record Store Day website, specializing in sales of unused RSD titles and other indie store exclusives.

All-Music Guide - Excellent searchable music database. Find info on recordings rare and not rare.

Rate Your Music - A music database that is more community-oriented, enabling users to add album information to the database and personally rate the recordings.

Rarebird Nine on X - The social media network formally known as Twitter is now called X. This is a link to my X profile. If you are signed in to an X account, you will see a widget with my posts at the bottom of my home page and my blog. I sure miss the days when you could see that content without signing in to Twitter.

Google Groups - Before there was social media, there was Usenet. Newsgroups are a thing of the past, but they were good places for online discussions at the time this site was created. Google is keeping it alive with this searchable database of Usenet newsgroup postings dating all the way back to 1981. You can still access discussions held in the pre-YouTube era about certain albums.

YouTube - And here, of course, is YouTube itself. By now, I'm sure you're well aware of how to find a certain music video, interview clip, or concert recording which may have been uploaded here. While you're at it, you'll easily discover plenty of other music, rare and otherwise.

Why Physical Media Matters & Where To Get It - This article from the Octane Seating blog makes a compelling case for owning physical media, as opposed to subscription-based models, and provides contemporary resources for purchasing such media.

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Rock and Roll Songs 1950-1954
Rock and roll music officially turned 60 years old in 2015. But there were rock and roll songs before 1955. The songs that I've put together on this Youtube playlist are songs from the first half of the 1950's, released before Elvis Presley and Bill Haley hit the big time and brought rock and roll into the mainstream. There were rock and roll songs before 1950, as well...but that's another playlist.