1. Oh! That horny old one again.

    The way I see it is like this:-

    Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band is the name of the band, not the name of anyone in the band. File under C.

    Alice Cooper was the name of the band. File under A.

    (now it gets complicated)
    Alice Cooper is now the name of the artist. File under C
    (you still with me?)

    but....had Alice cooper used his real name & called his band Vince Furnier & The Spiders. File under F.

    (one more)

    The Edgar Broughton Band (Edgar is not his real first name) File under E
    Edgar Broughton (solo singer) File under B

    (hang on, I'm starting to lose the will to live)

    This all works very well in my mind until I get a catalogue from Track Mailorder:-
    Tenpole Tudor
    The Beatles
    The Rolling Stones
    Tracy Chapman etc.

  2. Look, I've been in therapy (not the band - file under T (or R?)) since the last time we did this...

  3. I went through hell when I digitised all of my CDs into Flac format: suddenly, my hi-fi was looking for 'The Fall' under 'T'. I've solved this problem on my PC by classifying the 'Artist' as 'Fall, The' and the 'Album Artist' as 'The Fall'. Fortunately, I found a really powerful tool to help me with my retagging: Tag & Rename.

    My mate Bill gets round the problem of cataloguing music files in a much easier way: he just shoves them absolutely anywhere, and doesn't let it bother him. I'm beginning to thinks this might be the more sensible approach.

  4. Nite, your system is crazy: what happens if you don't know whether the artist is using their real name or not? Would you file David Bowie under 'D' because his real surname is 'Jones'? It's just too complicated.

    Also, the name of the band is 'Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band' on some albums, and 'Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band' on others... Would you file them separately?

  5. I see.....and some albums, of course, are credited to just Captain Beefheart...
    I must admit that I like the sound of Bill's system, but being a sad old fart who faces all the labels in the food cupboards to the front, I would not be able to sleep at night....File under OCD

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