When recently listening to the “Eat Pray Love” Soundtrack my player displayed track 4 as “Der Holle Rache Kocht in Meinem Herzen” and I wanted to fix this right away. The track artist was “Wiener Philharmoniker” instead of “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart” and the doublet recording I merged into the correct one (with Solti and Sumi Jo).
I was not familiar with the soundtrack style guidelines so this edit of course resulted in a down vote by an OST expert. This is because imo the Soundtrack and Classical style guidelines are somehow contradictive. For classical we have a stand alone track artist page
“The Track Artist field should contain just the composer; not the performer(s)”
without a limiting scope on just complete classical releases, while for OST we have one single page on release level
“If the cover art lists specific artists for each track, that artist should be placed in the track’s Artist Credit field. If there are no track artists, use the release artist instead. If there is no release artist, use the composer for each track instead.”
Classical tracks are broadly used in film music and part of countless OST releases. Today the guideline allow to use the composer as track artist if there isn’t any credit information available on the original release (and you can retrieve the information from other sources):
On Apocalypse Now OST you will find “Ride of the Valkyrie” nicely credited to Richard Wagner because there is no further credit information on the back cover or label while on Watchmen: Music From the Motion Picture the same piece is credited to Budapest Symphony Orchestra like printed on the back cover. Not very useful for a movie fan who wants to know what kind-a-song this is (okay, it is all in MB, but ARs normally do not get displayed on your player).
Or maybe you might pick the artist that in most cases is labeled “written by” on the cover, but that happens not very often. The guideline does not specify what to do if you have more than one performer plus maybe a writer / composer for a single track.
I believe that we need to improve the soundtrack style guide in terms of not demanding but at least allowing the use of CSG for single tracks on mixed soundtrack releases.
What are your thoughts about that?