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version 2 costs only £39.95 (sterling) (including V.A.T. and carriage) £34.00
to non EU (European Union) countries
|What can you do with
RockBase Plus v2?
Plus is a searchable CD-ROM database containing information about 154,694 album
and 182,930 singles releases by 43,545 artists on 11,179 different record labels.
Almost all the singles and many of the albums contain details about which tracks
appear on the release. In addition many albums also contain information about
which musicians featured on the album.
- List all
the known releases for any featured Artist.
- Add records
from your own collection. RockBase Plus V2 is a complete record cataloging package
with most of the data already present.
- Enter Notes
against any release.
which musicians played on which albums or what album contained a particular track.
(over 330,000 musician credits listed)
by Artist, Album/Single Title, Track, Country of origin, Musician, Instrument,
Record Company, Catalogue number and Year Of Release.
- Print a list
of Album and/or Single titles for any featured artist.
- For example
you can find all the LP's produced by Eric Clapton and discover that Ry Cooder
played guitar on "Money & Cigarettes". You can then look at all the recordings
that Ry Cooder made with other artists thus discovering a little known album made
by Marc Benno.
Requirements: RockBase Plus runs on IBM Compatible PC's (486
or above recommended) under Microsoft Windows 3.1 or later (including
Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 & XP) or IBM OS/2 Warp for Windows,
(it does NOT currently run under Windows NT), and needs a CD-ROM
drive, 8Mb of RAM, 5Mb hard disk space (500Kb if run from CD-ROM)
plus temporary file space as required.
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Plus contains information about 154,694 album and 182,930 singles
releases by 43,545 artists on 11,179 different record labels. Almost
all the singles and many of the albums contain details about which
tracks appear on the release. In addition many albums also contain
information about which musicians featured on the album. The data
covers the period 1952-1996. You can also add new data.
|To reveal Tracks
and Musicians for any release, position the mouse cursor over the item and double
click with the left mouse button. The same technique can be used to list all releases
containing a track, double click on the desired track in the lower left area of
the screen. For all releases featuring a Musician, double click on the musician
in the lower right area of the screen. Details of 542,132 tracks and 330,615 musician
credits by 52,332 different musicians appear in RockBase Plus version 2.
|Whilst most of
the information could loosely be linked to Rock Music, RockBase Plus also includes
much information on Pop, Reggae, Blues, Soul, Jazz, Country and Folk. Information
about each known release of a title is available, therefore if an album was released
on CD and vinyl in Europe and the USA there will be 4 entries giving full details
including the relevant catalogue number.
|More information about
It is possible to search on any of the following:
/ Last / Other Name (Band Name) - The name of the group or solo artist on
the record. Where an artist may be known by another name you may find more details
by looking at the nicknames table.
/ Last Name - the name of a musician who played on a release. Searching for
a musician name allows you to display all the releases on which the musician has
appeared. Musician name may be the same as the Artist Name in some instances.
e.g. Eric Clapton is the Artist who released 461 Ocean Boulevard, unsurprisingly
he also played Guitar and sang Vocals on the album. Yvonne Elliman also sang vocals
on some of the tracks on the album and therefore appears as a musician on the
The title of a Single or Album release.
- The title of a track on a single or album release.
Country - the country of release for an album or single.
Record Format - The style of the release e.g LP = vinyl album, MC = musicassette,CD
= Compact Disc.
Year - The year of release of the particular version of the album or single.
Record Company - The company which released the album or single.
Number - The catalogue number allocated by the record company.
|A Typical Week
for RockBase Plus v2
|Picture the scene,
you are a collector of Rock and Pop music and you own a PC (with a CD-ROM drive).
You want to know all the Eric Clapton albums released on Polydor records before
1990, you use RockBase Plus, a CD-ROM from Cravenplan Computers Ltd, to list these
albums and then discover that Rita Coolidge sang on the album "Eric Clapton".
You wonder what other albums featured her as well. RockBase Plus has the answers,
she sang on albums by Joe Cocker and Stephen Stills amongst others. You also notice
that your favourite track "Cry Me A River" appears on the album "Mad Dogs & Englishmen"
by Joe Cocker and you wonder who else recorded a song with the same title, RockBase
Plus can tell you, (it was recorded by many other artists including Ella Fitzgerald
and Joan Baez).
|Later in the week
a friend tells you she has discovered a remarkable record label called Windham
Hill which features New Age music. You offer to search the database for any other
releases on that label and print out the list for your friend to take to the local
record fair that weekend. Your friend finds five more albums from the list and
is so grateful she buys you lunch. Although there is no such thing as a free lunch,
the £39.95 you spent on your copy of RockBase Plus has given you so much enjoyment
in the first week you've owned it that you begin to wonder how you ever lived
|New to version 2:
Collection Manager: Version 2 allows the addition
of new releases and titles in the event that the artist
does not feature in Terry's data. Changes and notes are added to
a new database on the hard disk.
|The main release
information you enter can be searched along with the supplied data. The track
and musician data can be displayed by double clicking on a release, it is not
yet searched when using the search for tracks or search for musicians options.
|The ability to
add notes to a release has been added - it is now possible to define up
to 5 custom notes fields in the database.
notes fields are supplied set to
1) "Owned" - fill with Y, N or Wanted for example then use to search for
all albums you want to buy.
2) "Amount Paid" - enter the amount you paid for an album or single - can
be used with the new sum function to determine the current value of your collection.
3) "Date Purchased" - Enter the date you purchased an album or single.
4) "Purchased From" - enter the dealer purchased from.
5) "Notes" - any other notes. Although the fields are set this way by default
they can be amended to provide any 5 fields you want
no tracks or musicians are featured for a release the lower half
of the screen is now used to display extra releases. Plus many other
small improvements see full list by
Cravenplan Computers Limited