I recently bought a box set of Rick Wakeman albums (just plugging age-old holes in my CD collection). I was initially pleased to discover that my first discid matched and that someone had got here first and done all the hard-work. 5 Classic Albums release group
I then realised that Picard was going to create tags with the album title “5 Classic Tracks” on all titles - This seems wrong, but that’s because box-sets come in different styles and MB is (apparently) only modelling multi-disc albums, but I wondered if the way that the data had been entered was “missing a trick”.
Having done my best to search this topic I’ve seen references back in 2016 to the idea of developing a release-group type of “box-set”. It looked like it was in the pipeline. I’ve been experimenting with adding a new release-group and I can see no mention of box-sets.
Along the way I saw some other examples and realised that some people were adding the relationship for “includes/include in”, so I’ve added those relationships to the existing entry.
Look carefully at the uploaded coverart for that release, you can see that each of the 5 discs is in a card sleeve printed with the original album’s front/back. They each have a distinct catalog number on the back (in a series of 5 consecutive numbers). The media labels also feature this catalog#.
I feel that I could enter each disk separately as 2016 releases on the budget “Spectrum Music” label, give each release the same barcode as shown on the box and their own catalog numbers. In each annotation I could say part of the box-set release-group “5 Classic Albums” and use the “included in” relationship.
This feels like I would be doing something very wrong because I’m adding duplication into the database but the alternative, the status quo, is that we drop vital information on the floor when we tag. What was the original year and album for “Catherine of Aragon”? It certainly wasn’t 2016 on “5 Classic Albums”. This doesn’t lend itself to an album-level “play-all” in our music players or searching your archive for “six wives”.
I thought about adjusting my Picard scripts to favour the media title over the release title, but that doesn’t solve the fact that the original year/date has dropped through the cracks. Clearly we can’t have a one-to-many relationship between the existing release-group and original date, so what can be done?
I think we need a model which models box-set-of-albums as a release-group which has member release-groups.
So have I missed a trick?
In the meantime I’ve tagged the rips with bogus releases to get useful tags.
Some relevant links (IMHO) it looks like this is a recognised issue but it has stalled: