AllMusic Advanced Album Filtering

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For a while now, AllMusic fans have been asking for a method to be able to sort and filter all of the different albums in our collection based on different criteria and requirements.

We're proud to announce the AllMusic Advanced Album Search

Advanced Filter

You can get to Advanced Search by looking under the Discover menu at the top of each page:

Advanced Search

Once there, you can use the filters on the left to select from the following characteristics:


  • Genres - The broad overall classification of the music on the album.
  • Styles - The more specific type of music on the album.
  • Release Date (or re-issue date) - When the album came out.
  • AllMusic Rating - 5 stars is great, 1 star...not so much. More info here.
  • Recording Types - Filtering on Studio recordings? Live recordings? Looking for Various Artist compilations?
  • Moods - Adjectives that describe the sound and feel of a song, album, or overall body of work.
  • Themes - Activities or events particularly suited for a song, album or overall body of work.
  • The Album’s Main Performer - The primary artist (or artists) associated with the album.

and begin to dig through the albums that represent those characteristics.

By typing in the text box within the filters, you can quickly narrow down to the type of characteristic you’re looking for (for example, type "rock" into the genres & styles filter to see Pop/Rock, Acid Rock, Rockabilly, and many more).

Text Filtering

Your active filters will appear at the top of the page. You can adjust your filters by clicking to remove them from the “Active Filters” list, by un-checking boxes in any of the individual modules on the left, or start over by clicking “Clear All” in the upper right.

Advanced Search Active Filters

Your results can also be sorted by Year, by Album Title and by AllMusic Rating by clicking on the text at the top of each column.

Trippy 5-Star Funk albums from the '70s? Disappointing 1-Star Hair Metal albums from the '80s? John Zorn's Live albums? Grateful Dead studio recordings? Filter Away!

Please use this forum to let us know what you think, if you find bugs or if there are things that you'd really like to see us work on next.
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Posted 6 years ago

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Some folks have already chimed in about having the Genre/Style selections be "AND" filters as opposed to "OR" filters, as is detailed here: https://getsatisfaction.com/allmusic/...

This has not gone un-noticed.
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It works much better than it did a few weeks ago. It was missing a lot of five star albums previously but seems to be alright now. I'm also not having problems with the year selectors as happened earlier.
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We nipped both of those bugs.
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How do I access it? I don't see I link for it on Allmusic.com. Do I have to be logged in?
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You can get to Advanced Search by looking under the Discover menu at the top of each page:

Advanced Search
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You can also get there via the sidebar of any search results page:
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Advanced Album Search.


In the Advanced Album Search, please add filters for: title, album type, album credits, and record label.

P.S. my idea at https://getsatisfaction.com/allmusic/... can be closed now because it was too broad.
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Almost perfect!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Advanced Search: impossible to limit search to *only* new releases for active artists.


I'm trying to see what albums are the highest-rated jazz and avant garde new releases between 2000-2013, but I'm forced to file through pages of old artists with re-released material, e.g. Miles Davis or Duke Ellington.

Is there a way to *only* see active artists who are releasing new material, e.g. Scott Amendola or Todd Sickafoose? Maybe you can add a filter for original recording date?

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Initially, I didn't fully agree with A's post above. I like the older jazz and there are a lot of albums from older artists that are previously unreleased material and are sometimes classified by AMG as compilations or "new" releases. There are many, many more that have the wrong recording/release date on them. So I didn't want to mess with things in case something became broke.

But I was just looking at all five star albums from 2000 to 2004. The amount of greatest hits / essential / compilations is overwhelming. As each year goes by, more artists are established and will eventually get a greatest hits album of their own. Those entries will increase exponentially in the database until it will become exceedingly difficult to find timely 5 star albums with the Advanced Search function.

I'm not certain of the best solution is to this problem but it's clear that you'll have to find a way to exclude compilations on demand. The problem of incorrect dating of re-releases in lesser in my opinion, but it's an annoyance in a broader range of research scenarios.

The CD is dying and I question the future of vinyl. I don't know what the future will define as a music release. Whatever form they take, there are going to be teething pains as a new system is created to document them. It would be best to deal these the existing problems so that you have time for the new ones.
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I retract some of my argument. I've discovered just what the main albums button does. Now could you subtract DVDs from that? I'm old fashioned and believe that music is for listening not watching.
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I'm simply saying that providing an option for original recording date (in addition to release date) would provide a clearer view of the chronological order of an artist's discography in relation to other artists.
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Is there a reason why we can sort on any column except artist?
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Sorting by artist is not available to us (for some reason).

If you are more curious than most, this page illustrates the filters, sorts and queries that are available to us:
http://prod-doc.rovicorp.com/mashery/...
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Sometimes when I use the back arrow after leaving the Advanced search, it comes back to an empty page. That's not a large problem. But I have to fiddle with the date and stars selections, otherwise it keeps telling me that there are no albums that fit the criteria. I've also had it retain the default settings for "all recordings" at this point, even after I've made a different selection.

You didn't answer the question just above either.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Albums not catalogued correctly for advanced search function..


When using International in advanced search it is easier to split albums into country rather than genre. This beggars the question, why when you select International then South African Pop, then deselect International, do most of the South African albums disappear? These albums should be catalogued according to country and genre, but do not appear to be.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Got to set up advanced search all over again.


When using advanced album search, program fails to return user to original list of albums after viewing details of one of them.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
A deparate plea on behalf of audiophiles everywhere!!.


The advanced search genre feature does not allow AND or OR results... ANY vs. ALL.

This is VERY important for AUDIOPHILES because many of us are well-familiar with the highest rated albums in most popular genres.

It is now nearly impossible to find bands of a certain sound that require a search returning only the results of ALL genres selected.

This also means many artists are almost impossible to unearth, even if we know the sound we're looking for. There is NO practical use in allowing multiple genres to be selected if the results of ONE completely obscures to results of ANOTHER.

We who use this site the most are audiophile. Most casual-listeners I've spoken to in my life have never heard of this website, and I explain it to them... how important you are, and what you do....

At least out of respect for this free advertising which I've been doing for the last 8-10 years, can you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE fix this problem? (See how desperate I am? I'm calling in "favors" for Lennon's sake!)

Try this: **A simple option, even HIDDEN, could be fixed in the ANY/OR position by default. This would enable NO change in function for casual users, and IMMENSE benefit to audiophiles who are more likely to be your most active users.
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Advanced search has never worked for me on my computer. I've tried Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari (it's a Mac), and none of them load the page. However, when I use my phone it works just fine, but it is really frustrating to use on there.
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Hi Robert,
This sounds strange.

Do you mind taking a look at this site and letting us know what your browser specs are? Do you maybe have Javascript turned off?
http://www.whatismybrowser.com/