Record shops and others sources for buying recordings

This list, which began life in the 1990s, is not regularly checked for broken links, but the maintainers, Timothy Summers and Annika Forkert, would be very grateful to be alerted to the need for any changes or additions (email).

  1. AAUP (Association of American University Presses), On-line Catalogue (“contains fully searchable bibliographic data and descriptive text from more than fifty scholarly publishers; currently, 65,000-plus titles are represented, and this number is expected to climb rapidly to more than 100,000 titles from nearly 100 presses”)
  2. Africassette (ethno recordings, Rick Steiger, Detroit, MI)
  3. CDnow (commercial service for CD searches and sales)
  4. Classical and jazz online cd shop (“specializing in rare secondhand and deleted classical and jazz cds — over 30,000 items in stock, wants requests service, information service, friendly and knowledgeable staff”)
  5. Khazana (Minnesota: classical music of India)
  6. Music Boulevard (commercial service for CD sales on the Internet)
  7. Move (Australian independent recording label, concentrating primarily on classical music, particularly Melbourne-based musicians and composers)
  8. Music Mall (vendors and retailers)
  9. Multicultural Media Catalogue (“contains descriptions of CDs, videos, books, and CD-ROM of world music and dance organized into geographic regions including: North America, The Caribbean, Central and South America, Africa, Europe, Middle East/West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Oceania; also included are announcements of new releases and special sale items)
  10. Music & Audio Connection (Norris-Whitney Communications, a company involved in magazine and book publishing and distribution, live event management, graphic design and on-line services)
  11. musicCONNECT record catalogue (“comprehensive, detailed and searchable on-line music catalogue”)
  12. Qualiton (CD sales)
  13. Red Hedgehog Music (CDs, including recording labels from the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, etc)
  14. searchRED (“the most comprehensive online database of music recordings and music information distributed in the UK”, Ben Pole)
  15. Smithsonian/Folkways recordings (searchable database for all the Original Folkways recordings; “search for any song title, performer, label, or any text entry (sorry, no lyrics) in Original Folkways/Cook/Paredon labels or Smithsonian/Folkways label up to July 1995; Web pages show covers in color, offer audio samples; pages for recent recordings issued since August 1995 include more details”)
  16. SMUSIC (commercial site with classical CDs, including many cut-price)
  17. White Cliffs Media, catalogue of books and recordings, primarily on African music (Gilsum, NH)