Is there a systematic method for identifying the CD equivalent(s) of a vinyl record recording. For example, is there a catalogue that will not only give me information about Decca LXT 6110 but will also tell me whether there is a CD release of the same record. A next-best option would be to identify (perhaps one or more) CDs that contain the same recordings.

To explain the context ... the people in my family grew up listening to recordings on a large number of now-damaged vinyl records, and the particular recordings are either of sentimental interest or especially liked because of their familiarity. In this question, I'm not interested in the various options relating to digitizing old vinyl records.

Note: This question has been heavily edited in light of some of the questions asked in the comments, for example by @xhienne. So it might seem that a commentator is off-topic, but that's almost certainly incorrect.

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    If Discogs doesn't list a CD version it's quite possible that recording never made it onto CD.
    – PiedPiper
    Apr 11, 2021 at 14:56
  • This might be a CD re-release of the Serenade. You'd have to listen to it to be sure. There's probably no systematic way of finding that information
    – PiedPiper
    Apr 11, 2021 at 15:12
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    You may be mixing up records and recordings. A vinyl record (release) is made of several recordings (tracks). This record especially (Decca LXT 6110) seems to be made of two different recordings, one on each side. So, what are you looking for exactly? The exact CD release of this LP? Or one or both recordings on CD, possibly on two different CDs (compilation for example)?
    – xhienne
    Apr 11, 2021 at 18:17
  • @PiedPiper Perhaps because of the particular searches I have made, I had not realised that Discogs even lists CDs! Apr 12, 2021 at 1:25
  • @xhienne Thanks for the remarks. I have emended the question to try to avoid the ambiguities you noted. Apr 12, 2021 at 1:26

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There's no systematic way to find out which vinyl recordings were re-released on CD, but it's often possible to find out with a bit of detective work.

Taking the example from the question, the LP has two works by Benjamin Britten conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and was released by Decca in 1964, so it's likely that all of it was recorded in the same series of sessions in 1963-1964. The two works probably ended up on two different master tapes. Since the soloist on the Serenade is Peter Pears, Britten's partner and dedicatee of the piece, it's probable that this was intended to be the 'definitive' version.
With the advent of the CD in the 1980s record companies starting producing new all digital recordings of works in their catalogs for their expensive new releases and re-releasing older recordings on their 'budget' CD, often in other combinations and often compilations. Those are the places to look for re-releases of older recordings. In general, if a recording has the same conductor, orchestra, soloists, producer and recording (not release) date and a similar running time, it's most likely a re-release. Decca – 417 153-2 DH is probably one example of a CD re-release of the Serenade coupled with two other Britten works.. The second piece from the original LP "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" might have been re-released somewhere else. These older recordings also often turn up on streaming sevices, or as digital downkloads.

In rare cases a record company will get all participants back into the studio at a much later date, to re-record a piece using the newest technology, but they couldn't have for these recordings: Britten died in 1976. One example is Glenn Gould who recorded Bach's Goldberg Variations in 1955 and again digitally in 1981. Nikolaus Harnoncourt recorded Bach's Brandenburg Concertos with the Concentus Musicus Wien in 1964 and again digitally in 1981. Collectors still prefer the older recordings in each case.

Recordings that the record companies didn't find 'good enough', often disappeared into their archives and never made it onto CD.


Discogs.com definitely contains this information. You can plug in the Deadwax ID or Catalog Number, it will bring up the release, and then you scroll down to Other Versions and click on View All. Once you do that, a new page will come up and you can scroll down to Find Your Version. When you do that, you can filter by Country and Format, and choose "CD" as the format. It will then show you every CD version of that release.

It's kind of slow, you have to do one at a time, there's no "bulk" way I know of to do this.

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