About The Discography Machine
Lazlo's Discography Machine (LDM) is an application that
offers a searchable web interface to the thirty or so artist and label
discographies I maintain, and which also offers links to related web
On Linking To LDM
Anyone is welcome to link their pages to LDM. There are two recommended
- The main LDM entry page, with a list of links to individual LDM pages.
- An individual discography page, with an edit box for search queries and
a list of links to related resources on the net. If you don't know the formal
discography name for a given artist, feel free to
email me and I'll be happy to help you
I do ask that you let me know when you establish a link, so I can
reciprocate if appropriate.
Special Information For Artist-Specific Sites
If you run an artist-specific site that links to the Discography Machine,
we can set things up so that the "look and feel" of the Discography Machine
matches that of your site when people come to LDM through your link. This
gives the impression that the Discography Machine is an integrated part of
your site, with no additional work required on your part. If you are
interested in taking advantage of this feature, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are the most commonly-used format codes in the Discography Machine:
LP full-length record
7" 7-inch single/ep
10" 10-inch single/ep
12" 12-inch single/ep
PD picture disc
SPD shaped picture disc
Flexi stamped sound sheet
CD full-length compact disc
CD3 3-inch compact disc single/ep
CD5 5-inch compact disc single/ep
CDS compact disc single, unknown size
CD-R one-time-recordable compact disc
CDROM data-only CD-ROM
Box Boxed set
CSS audiocassette single or ep
CMS audiocassette maxi-single
DAT digital audio tape
DCC digital compact cassette
8T 8-track cartridge
VHS VHS-format videocassette
Beta Beta-format videocassette
8"LD 8-inch LaserDisc
12"LD 12-inch LaserDisc
CDV 5-inch CD-Video disc
(LaserDisc video + CD-format audio)
VCD VideoCD disc
(data only, MPEG-encoded video content)
VHD Defunct Japanese video disc format
In mid-1997 I started converting the country codes used in the
discographies to the standard two-letter ISO codes used on the net
and elsewhere. Not all the discographies have been converted over yet
so if you have any questions please email me. (The discogs that abbreviate
Australia as "OZ" are not yet changed over, the ones that use "AU" are.)
A list of most of the codes used in the discographies follows. A
more complete list of ISO codes is available at
CZ Czech Republic
HK Hong Kong
NZ New Zealand
RU Russian Federation
SA Saudi Arabia
UK United Kingdom
US United States
ZA South Africa
Determining Country of Release
There has been some controversy over how to determine the actual country of
release for a given issue. This can be difficult given the way many labels
manufacture releases in one country for sale in another, as in EMI's use of
its plant in Holland to manufacture discs for Germany, and so forth. As of
mid-1997, whenever there is any ambiguity about country of a release, please
look at the the performance rights society listed on that release.
Some commonly-seen societies include GEMA (Germany), STEMRA (The Netherlands),
SABAM (Belgium), SACEM (France), and SIAE (Italy); the also-commonly-seen BIEM
is an international association of these societies and its presence does not
imply any particular country of release. A more detailed list is available at
When attempting to determine the country of release for an item you are
submitting for inclusion in a discography:
- Items are assumed to be intended for release in country whose
copyright control organization is noted on sleeve (see above).
- If item is labeled as being manufactured in a country other than
that determined by the above method, please note that as well.
- If no copyright control organization is noted, assume country of
release is country of manufacture as noted.
- Please note any otherwise-ambiguous releases in detail.
- If you find entries in any of my discographies that do not follow this
format, please email and explain. Thanks!
Unless otherwise noted, all discographies and discography selections
generated by Lazlo's Discography Machine are Copyright 1998 by
Ernie Longmire (Lazlo Nibble).
- You need not ask for permission to download a complete discography or
selection thereof, print out a complete discography or selection thereof,
and/or redistribute (at no charge) a complete discography or selection
thereof, provided you leave the credits and the copyright notice intact.
- You must ask for permission to add html tagging to a copy and publish
that copy over the Web.
- You must ask for permission to publish these discographies in print
and/or for profit.