minstrel: Searching for CDs

Greg Lindahl lindahl at pbm.com
Sat Jan 10 12:45:07 PST 2004

Todd McComb has a big early music CD database that's searchable at
www.medieval.org, but I'd like to point out an alternative at
freedb.org, which is basicaly a database built up by people converting
their CDs to mp3 format.

As an example, a search for "Watkins Ale" (an Elizabethan ballad) at
medieval.org came up with:

    * Watkin's Ale
    * Nutmeg and Ginger
    * Pastyme with Good Companye
    * Middle Ages Music
    * The Musitians of Grope Lane
    * Elizabethan & Jacobean Consort Music
    * Music from the Time of the Spanish Armada

While freedb had:

Baltimore Consort / Watkins Ale: Music of the English Renaissance
Christopher Parkening / Virtuoso Duets with David Brandon, 2
Cythara / Cythara
Kenji Sano / Elizabethan Lute Ballads
Musicians of Swanne Alley / In the Streets and Theatres of London, 2
New London Consort / Elizabethan & Jacobean Consort Music
Sir William Walton / ;
Strawhead / Late Bottled Vintage
The York Waits / 1588 - Music from the time of the Spanish Armada
Trevor Pinnock / 16th Century English Harpsichord and Virginals Music
Various Artists / Shakespeare's Musick

-- Gregory

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