4. The differences between 'is based on', 'arrangement of', 'instrumental cover recording'? I've seen discussions on the forum but still don't know the common practice
In my understanding, instrumental cover is simply the original recording with the vocal track replaced with instruments; 'is based on' may only takes the melody and ideas, and the whole style or genre is likely changed
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5. Various Artists or artist credits? I've seen tracks and releases credited as VA and also credited by listing artists names, which is better?
there sometimes multiple different title variations printed on cover art, so there's a judgement call on what exactly to use
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for a blu-ray containing a bonus cd, the release is the blu-ray release as a whole - the audio CD is just one medium in it
i wouldn't add the media that's not relevant to musicbrainz, just the audio disk, but you can set the media position etc. based on all the discs in the release
VA vs artist credits is another judgement call - on a release level if they couldn't fit the list of artists on the spine, you should consider using VA :)
VA should generally be avoided on a track level, artist credits or other special purpose artists would be preferred. For example, [dialogue] as the artist on a drama track.
i think you've got the idea of the 'is based on', and 'instrumental cover' down. The work-work 'arrangement of' relation is specifically for making a work for an arrangement where that arrangement itself has been recorded multiple times.
(the arrangement of rel came from the classical music space, where someone would make an arrangement of a work for e.g. a specific set of instruments, and publish the sheet music for it)
<there sometimes multiple different title variations printed on cover art> I'm confused when seeing a case where the title on cover art is in English, while the release title is changed to match Japanese name on Amazon
<just the audio disk, but you can set the media position etc> Yes, but what if there's no official name for the disc since it's not release independently? As in my example above, the descriptive title is from official website but it is too long and hard to distinguish, maybe it's better to add an alias to indicate which volume of Blu-ray it's in?
Any Spanish speakers who can assist with capitalisation? "Deixa Tudo Fluir (Guerrinha’s Deixa o Órgão Solar mix)" should be "Deixa tudo fluir (Guerrinha’s deixa o órgão solar mix)"?
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Has anyone else ever complained that recording search is really horrible? It seems to be particularly bad since this last release. I've never understood why it's search results are so bad. The closest match (by length, artist, etc.) is so rarely the first result despite all of that information being able to be seeded.
Specifically, Add Release -> Recording search. Not just top level site search.
VxJasonxV: I think it's a common observation. Not surprising there are so many duplicate recordings...