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Cite printed music like books.
Cite print discographies like books.
Sound recordings are usually grouped in a separate discography section of your bibliography, and rules for how to cite them are slightly less fixed, especially as you may choose to highlight the work of the person most important to your argument (composer, performer, producer, notes author, etc.).
For more guidelines, see the Chicago Manual of Style Online, Section 14.274.
Citing the Recording
Footnote: James Brown, Say It Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud, recorded August 17, 1967-October 18, 1968, PolyGram 42284 1992-2, 1996, compact disc.
Bibliography: Brown, James. Say It Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud. PolyGram 42284 1992-2, 1996, compact disc. Recorded August 17, 1969-October 18, 1968.
Citing the Liner Notes
Footnote: Spencer Richards, “Cecil Taylor Unit,” in accompanying booklet, Cecil Taylor, Live in Vienna, recorded November 7, 1987, Leo LR 174, 1988, compact disc.
Bibliography: Richards, Spencer. “Cecil Taylor Unit.” Essay in accompanying booklet, Cecil Taylor, Live in Vienna. Recorded November 7, 1987. Leo LR 174, 1988, compact disc.