I’ve been adding relationships to instrumental cover recordings created by Vitamin String Quartet (AKA VSQ). I’m currently working on “The Tribute to Fall Out Boy Vol. 2”.
Generally, I have no issues adding “Work” relationships (specifically, instrumental cover work relationships) between the VSQ version and the original song. However, I have noticed that certain songs will not appear when searching for a work. For example, I am trying to link VSQ’s “The Carpal Tunnel of Love” to the original Fall Out Boy song. However, I simply cannot find the song when searching for a work when adding a relationship.
I can find said Fall Out Boy song with no difficulties when performing a “recording” search with the standard search engine and the recording relationship page, but not with the work relationship search bar.
Directly pasting the original recording’s MBID into the work relationship search window simply tries to create a recording relationship between the two instead. Since this is an instrumental cover version of the original song, using a recording relationship would not be appropriate by MusicBrainz style guidelines.
I have a feeling this is due to the fact that the original has no currently attributed writer(s) at the moment.
Does a recording HAVE to have writing credits in order to have a work relationship with another recording? Is there a way to bypass this writing credit requirement? I don’t want to have to tediously research and add writing credits for recordings simply to link other recordings to it.