Thank you for the answers.
Yes it is indeed the file that has been modified. I have set it to export to a new folder and this is the only album that I have done so far. Waiting to find a fix before I do the rest. This is absolutely a powerful program and I am very impressed with the functionality.
The reason I wanted a single file was like I had said just for the simplicity in storage. I am oldschool when it comes to file structure and storage in that I am more of a linux / terminal / command prompt fan than say for example the new age who cant find a file unless it is in their MyMusic MyDocuments etc. I think the solution I am looking for, for now anyway, is to just package each album in a .iso image file. This way 14 tracks in an album is only, for my purpose, one file. I have dug out an old program AnyToIso that will work for this.
Thanks to @outsidecontext 's answer
I am going to stick to this for now until there is a player out there that would perhaps let you add multiple .iso files to a playlist or something similar to that concept but with a different file type.
To answer this, yes it is only the album cover that is displaying incorrectly. I have the settings to embed the cover photo. And just now as I am typing this, I went to double check the file type that these files were to answer @outsidecontext question, and I am seeing it is actually the right cover showing up now! To clarify, in my file explorer on windows, I have the option set to show file details in a separate pane on the right side of the window. This allows for single clicking the file to highlight it, and when it is highlighted, the album cover shows on the right. This is without ever opening the file in a player at all, and this is where the cover was showing incorrect. I believe what has happened here was a cache'd artifact that was showing before, and now after a restart and some time, it has corrected itself. Thank you both for all the info. I am excited now to run the rest of my audio library through Picard and get it cleaned up! 13 down and however many hundreds more to go! ( =
@Jim_DeLaHunt , when you rip the tracks into one flac file, does this still keep the tracks separate or do you end up with one long track? If it does keep the tracks individual, what do you use to rip?
EDIT: I just saw the notification of your last message and now see the question I just asked already answered. thank you.