Saw a previous topic on this from last year, but didn’t seem definitive. What I am asking is when “cover” should be used as an attribute in a recording - work relationship. Wikipedia entry gives some historical insight but seems lacking.
There seems to be assumption that “cover” mainly refers to artists that mimic or in some cases parody works that are “commonly” associated with a specific sound recording – often the performing artist of the “original” is also the songwriter/composer of the work.
But as the wiki article discusses, works created in earlier periods (before around 1970) often were recorded by numerous performing artists. So are all of these considered “covers”, or none?
Then there are works that have come to be regarded as “standards” in a genre, and have been recorded many, many times. Are these “covers”?
I guess it comes down to, does MB consider “cover” in an expansive sense or in a limited sense, and if the later what are the cases in which “cover” should be assigned in the recording/work relationship?