Understanding Your Search Results

A question we sometimes get is “How do I read my search results? What do the columns mean?” Here is a detailed description of your Record-Rama Sound Archive Database search results.


Search Results Example

Column Number
(from Image Above)
Column Name Description
1 RR Number This is the number assigned to each recording. It is unique to a particular disc. If you are cataloging a selection of recordings, label and file them by this number and you will always be able to use the Record-Rama Sound Archive Database to locate any record in your collection by Title or Artist. Flip sides always have the same RR Number.
2 Artist The name of the artist or artists who recorded the listing. If there is more than one artist, the names will be separated by a “/”.
3 Title The complete title of the recording.
4 Sale The current market value of the recording in new, unplayed condition. The prices listed in the Record-Rama Sound Archive Database are in US dollars and are only indented to establish a base value of sound recordings. Prices are ALWAYS negotiable between collectors. Check out our article on Valuing Your Collection for more guidelines on pricing your collection.
5 Style Style indicates whether the recording it vocal or instrumental.

  • V = Vocal
  • X = Instrumental
6 Format Formats are represented by an abbreviation indicating the type (the physical configuration) of the recording.

  • CD = Standard Compact Disc
  • CD-3 = 3″ Compact Disc
  • CD-5 = 5″ Compact Disc
  • CD5EP = Compact Disc 5″ Extended Play
  • CDV12 = Compact Disc 12″ A/V Disc
  • CDV5 = Compact Disc Video 5″ Single
  • CMFF = Compact Single 33 RPM 7″
  • DBFF = 33/45 RPM Dub
  • EPFF = Extended Play 45 RPM
  • HPFF = Hip Pocket 3″ Flex Philco
  • LP = 12″ Long Play Album
  • LP10 = 10″ Long Play Album
  • SFF = Standard 45 RPM Single
  • STT12 = 12″ Extended Play Single/Mix
7 Label An abbreviation for the name of the record company who produced this recording. You can click on the Label Directory link at the bottom of the search results page to find the full name of the label. You can also view list of Labels and their abbreviations here.
8 Manufacturer # The manufacturer’s stock number for this recording. Flip sides almost ALWAYS have the same stock number.
9 Pressing This identifies the order of the release:

  • 1 = First Pressing
  • 2 = Second Pressing
  • 3 = Third Pressing
  • 4 = Fourth Pressing
  • 5 = Fifth Pressing
  • 6 = Sixth Pressing
  • R = Re-issue – Generally Available
  • RX = Re-issue – Discontinued
10 Year The year that the recording was ORIGINALLY released. Note that this is not the year that the recording became a charted hit. This will still be the original release date even if the record was re-issued or re-recorded, as indicated by the “RD” that will appear in the Title Miscellaneous Information column.
11 Category This is the category of music listed. For example: Rock, R&B, Jazz, etc… The category is an abbreviation. A list of the abbreviations by clicking on the Categories link at the bottom of the search results page. You can also view a list of the categories of music by clicking here.
12 Title Miscellaneous Information Additional information related to a song title. For example: MT = movie soundtrack, NL = non album cut. A listing of abbreviations and their meanings is available by click on the “Title and Record Mnemonics” link at the bottom of the search results page or by clicking here.
13 Recording Miscellaneous Information Additional information related to the physical recording. This includes all fixed information printed on the label, on the disc itself or related to the packaging. For example: CBC = Cardboard Cover, BX = Box Set, VA= Various Artists, SG12 = Number of songs on the recording. A listing of abbreviations and their meanings is available by click on the “Title and Record Mnemonics” link at the bottom of the search results page or by clicking here.