I’ve seen some confusion related to catalog numbers by EMI Classics. This is a good example how typical release by this label looks like:
Multiple editors have commented to me that only bolded numbers are meaningful for EMI Classics releases. If these numbers are useless why label still continues printing them on their releases? Does it help identifying releases if we include partial data and not the full code?
We have documentation about Catalog Numbers but rule 2c is rather confusing: “EMI commonly uses a “friendly” cat number for UK releases, and an unfriendly number (based on the barcode) for other territories”. Based on this rule it’s believed that correct cat. no for this release is “CZS 5 68637 2”. This code isn’t printed on release but is made by adding UK prefix code with bolded number. EMI Classical is sometimes listing their UK releases with this format like here. Is this guideline (rule 2c) understood correctly? For me it makes no sense to use catalog numbers which aren’t printed on releases.