How to Buy World Music Locally
Foreign World Music CDs can be hard to locate in shops, but can be usually special ordered -- if you know what to ask for.
- Go to your favorite CD shop.
- See if the CD you want is in the proper section.
- If not, go to the front desk.
- Ask the clerk, giving pertinent information like title and label.
- Wait for clerk to look up the information in the store's computer database.
- If the information shows that the store carries the CD, special order it.
- If no information comes up, ask to see a copy of the World Music Catalogue (any good CD shop will know what you are talking about).
- Look up the album under the list that appears alphabetically by the artist's last name.
- If the album is there, there will be enough information provided to special order it.
- If the album or artist is not listed, take your shopping online!
- The World Music Catalogue is two large phonebook sized volumes listing artists in alphabetical order, with a list of available recordings by title and ISBN number.
- If your clerk does not have a copy of the catalogue, try another store. Any good store will have one, or something similar.
- Many releases from Europe can only be special ordered, as the labels do not have North American distribution.