Beta's loss of discography table

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I dislike that they decompactified and detablized the discography listings. I prefer compact displays where browsing can maximize information. For instance, taking the label out of its own column means you can't easily track the artist's chronological history with different labels. Compare Tim Berne's old and new discographies. I find the new one much harder to quickly parse for an overall view of his discographical history.
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Yes, I agree! Doubling up some of the information (that used to be in columns) on the lists has made that information less useless for me from a search point of view.
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Whilst I'm pretty sure neither "decompactified" nor "detablized" are words, I agree with these sentiments :)
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I understood perfectly what you meant as it struck a chord (no pun intended) with me.
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Pros and cons to the more-compact older site and the 'wider listing' new site. I was initially wary of the new beta as it required more scrolling to see a longer discography, but I think the tradeoff is worth it because of two things:

1. You now see the album art for every album in the discography. I'm not a fan of flashy/glitzy/graphics-laden sites (especially for research-oriented sites like AMG), but album art is a really major aspect of any album. Seeing them all at the same time whilst browsing the discography is a terrific change, IMHO.

2. The discography no longer jumps around when your mouse moves over it. On the old site, you'd be looking at the discography and move the mouse over an album, and suddenly the album art would appear and all the albums above and below it would lurch upwards or downwards by 10-20 pixels or so, making it easy to lose your place. The new site dispenses with that "animation" and is a solid improvement.

I do agree with the OP's point about losing the Label in the far right column, and I will miss that. I also think things would improve somewhat if the AMG Rating were moved to the absolute far left column (as with the old site) with smaller stars, so that more info (rating, year, art, title) would be visible in a more compact area. That said, AMG just moved the Year to the left column which was a far far bigger deal for me --- having the rating there too would be nice, but less critical.