Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)





Frequently Asked Questions about:

The Chat Board:
How do I reach the Chat Board?
Does the Chat Board have rules?
I posted a note on the chat board and it was edited or deleted. Why?
I applied to be allowed to post on the chat board, but I have been rejected or have not heard back as to my status. Why?

The Oldies on CD book:
What is the Oldies on CD book and how do I get it?


The Both Sides Now Stereo Newsletter:
What is the Both Sides Now Stereo Newsletter and how do I get it?
Are back issues available?


The Discographies:
Finding LPs listed in the discography
Why isn't my favorite label listed in the Discography Pages?
How can you possibly omit major labels like Capitol, Columbia, Decca, and RCA?
How do I find lyrics to songs?
Contacting the record companies for which we list discographies
Getting the rights to reissue or perform songs listed in the discographies



THE CHAT BOARD

How do I reach the Chat Board?

Just click here



Does the Chat Board have rules?

This chat board was set up as a means of communication among oldies collectors, reissue producers and engineers, and others interested in the topic of oldies. The main focus of the chat board is stereo oldies. This is not a board for buying or selling CD or vinyl products, audio equipment, or anything else. The tone of the chat board is friendly and civil, although occasionally controversial topics will be discussed where varying strong opinions will be held.



I posted a note on the chat board and it was edited or deleted. Why?

The Chat Board is part of the Both Sides Now web site, and as such, we reserve the right to edit or delete any message for any reason. We will almost always delete or edit messages that are offensive, contain personal attacks on individuals, or are far off topic.



I applied to be allowed to post on the chat board, but I have been rejected or have not heard back as to my status. Why?

The Chat Board requires the applicant's real name as part of the application. Obvious false names, or leaving the name box blank, will automatically result in the application being rejected. Names are usually checked with the internet for verification that the address and name correspond to a "real" person. Using a brand new e-mail address will often delay approval. Names and e-mail addresses of board members are not revealed except to board moderators.


THE BOOK OLDIES ON CD

What is the book Oldies on CD and how do I get it?

Oldies on CD was a book of CD sound quality reviews by Mike Callahan first published in 1991, with a second edition published in 1994. Both editions are essentially out of print (that is, they are no longer being offered through places like Amazon or catalogs), although a few copies of the second edition are still in publisher's stock. The second edition is 8-1/2x11" softcover with over 700 pages of information about the CDs from the first decade of CD production (1983-1994). Introduction has an article about CDs and CD-related jargon. Price of the book is $30, plus $5.00 postage (money order) for US customers, available from Both Sides Now, PO Box 459, Round Rock, TX 78680. These last copies are new, and when they're gone, they're gone; used copies are being offered elsewhere for well above the cover price.


THE BOTH SIDES NOW STEREO NEWSLETTER

What is the Both Sides Now Stereo Newsletter and how do I get it?

The Newsletter was published starting in 1986. Issues #1 through #55 were published quarterly, but after #55 (which was mailed to subscribers in late August, 2000), we went to publishing on no fixed schedule. Part of the reason for this change was a move from Fairfax Station, VA to the Dallas, TX area which took place in October-November, 2000. Issues 56-60 were sent to subscribers in 2001 and 2002. Issue #61, dated January, 2006, was mailed to subscribers in December, 2005. The Newsletter has ceased publication with Issue #61.



Are back issues of the Newsletter available?

Back issues of the Newsletter are no longer available.




THE DISCOGRAPHIES

Where can I buy the LPs listed in your discographies?

Both Sides Now is not a record company, but rather, an information web site. We have no affiliation with the companies listed in the discographies, and no special connections to obtain their product. We have always had good luck in finding old vinyl records by looking in the auctions such as e-bay (see below).

If I were trying to find an old vinyl LP, I would use e-bay's search/notification system. Everything shows up sooner or later on e-bay, but if you don't like looking every week or so, e-bay will notify you by e-mail when an item that matches your search is posted. Here's how it works. Go to e-bay and register, then establish a "My-ebay" page. Then do a search for what you want. If you're searching for a Five Emprees record, for example, search for "Five Emprees" (in quotes). If the "current" search comes up empty, go to the link near the top of the page that says "Save this search." You will be taken to your "My E-Bay" page and the search will be listed. Check the box that tells e-bay to notify you by e-mail whenever something new meeting your search criteria is posted. That done, e-bay will notify you by e-mail whenever anything is put up for auction by the Five Emprees (in this case, you might also want to save a search for the "5 Emprees". A search for just "emprees" will return a lot of false positives).


Why isn't my favorite label listed in the Discography Pages? How can you possibly omit major labels like Decca, Epic, and RCA?

Patience, patience. We have been working on this project on-line for over 14 years, and for many more years before that. We are posting labels as we have time to do so. Major labels have so many LPs that it would take possibly a year of work to complete just one of them. We are trying to post many of the minor labels instead, but will eventually get around to posting more of the majors (MGM and Warner/Electra/Atlantic labels are already posted, as well as Capitol and some pieces of Columbia). The plan is to post the other majors "eventually."



I'm trying to find lyrics to an oldie I've seen listed on your site. Is there anywhere I can go to get the lyrics to a specific song?

There are many web sites dedicated to song lyrics. Try using search engines like Google. Type the name of the song in quotes, followed by the word lyrics.


I'm trying to get the licensing rights to use a song listed on one of your discographies. How do I get in contact with the company?

Both Sides Now is not affiliated with any of these companies, so we have no information about licensing rights. Today, most of the labels for which we have discographies are out of business, and the rights are owned by other companies.

Typically, licenses are administered by the publishers such as BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, etc. For more information on how to obtain these licenses, a good starting place is the discussion (especially on "mechanical rights") available on the internet from ASCAP or BMI (Look around on their sites for additional info). For broadcasting or public performance rights, the discussion by Barry Massarsky is helpful.

If you are looking to put out a CD of reissued material, the easiest way is often to contact one of the "special products" or "special markets" divisions of the major record labels. They will often take care of the licensing paperwork for a client, including songs which are outside their own holdings. They often will want a guarantee of numbers of CDs sold, however, which can be costly if they don't sell, because the company often wants the money upfront.


I'm trying to get the address of a record company so I get in contact with the company. Where do I find that information?

There used a list of record company address (both e-mail and s-mail) maintained on the web by Dirty Linen Magazine but this is no longer available. Best advice is to use Google or other web search capability.



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