Incomplete discographies

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Your discographies have become incomplete. What happened? I was looking through the Neil Young discography and found about six albums that were unlisted. Strangely enough, they were all mentioned in the biography, along with links. Why aren't they listed in the discography as well? Confusing
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Mark Weisinger

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Hi Mark,
Which albums were you looking for in Neil Young's discography?

I see we list "Deja Vu," "American Dream," "4-Way Street" and "Looking Foreward"(all CSNY albums http://dev.allmusic.com/artist/crosby... )

Were there other Neil Young albums you expected to find?
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Under the primary album discography, you were missing Life, Sleeps With Angels, and Broken Arrow. Under the compilations discography, you're missing The Archives Series, vol. 1 Boxed Set (a fairly major omission).

The other two (Live In San Francisco and Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968) I finally found under compilations, although why they were under compilations when they are complete individual concerts is a mystery.
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Also, Life and Broken Arrow were albums with Crazy Horse, so you might want to add them to the Crazy Horse discography as well.

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Mark, AMG has a separate discography for the "group": Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Hence, their albums aren't cross-listed under the discographies of either primary artist. See idea about collaborative albums at https://getsatisfaction.com/allmusic/...
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Actually, the Neil Young & Crazy Horse albums Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Rust Never Sleeps and Live Rust are all cross-listed under both the discographies of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, but Life, Broken Arrow, Ragged Glory, Arc/Weld, and Year of the Horse (all of which are attributed to Neil Young & Crazy Horse) are only under Neil Young (not Crazy Horse). I just assumed that AMG would want to maintain some degree of consistency.
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Thanks Mark, The specific info is very helpful.

As our friend Rootsmusic points out, this is a sticky (but known) issue we're still working on solving.

Thanks again.
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Mark Weisinger

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I agree that this is a sticky issue. In the case of Neil Young, he has had so many backing bands (Crazy Horse, the Stray Gators, the Blue Notes, and the International Harvesters, just to name a few), some credited on the album covers, some not, that it would be extremely confusing to have all of these albums filed exclusively under separate entries (especially when many of these groups only backed Neil Young on one or two albums) when most people would expect to find these albums listed under Neil Young. But should you also file these albums under the discography of Crazy Horse when they were merely a backing band? Good question.

And that still leaves albums like Stills-Young Band's Long May You Run in an odd position, since this is an album made by two equals, not by a primary artist with a backing band. You wisely (in my opinion) filed this particular album under both Stephen Stills and Neil Young and placed it into both of their individual discographies. You also did this with all of the Crosby/Nash albums, which also makes sense to me.

The question remains, however, why something like Crosby, Stills & Nash (or Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) isn't filed under all of the individual members' discographies as well, or why something like Billy Bragg & Wilco's Mermaid Avenue albums aren't filed under both Billy Bragg and Wilco's discographies.

I think the obvious answer here would be to have these kinds of records consistently show up under all of the individual members' discographies as well as under a group discography, but that might be a lot of work when I'm sure that your staff is already dealing with a lot at this moment. Oh, well, like you said, it's a sticky situation.