I have a ton of Disney music I’d like to tag. After a few false starts, I got this album tagged:
However, I have to say, the data is lacking. I’d like to enter these changes, but I’m not sure about the style guidelines.
A lot of Disney releases fail to list any recording artist. There’s a [Disney] special purpose artist (that is a subset of [unknown]) that can be used, however, when I read the notes on the artist page for [Disney], it says this:
This is a Special Purpose Artist.
DO NOT ADD RELEASES TO THIS ARTIST, IF POSSIBLE!
Please search for the actual COMPOSER
The wording seems to imply I should use the composer’s names in the artist field. Was that the intention? Am I reading that right? That seems very clunky, yet there are lots of releases that do just that.
Also, some of the tracks that have composers as the recording artist are clearly marked in the track title with the recording artist. For instance, this recording:
“The Disneyland Band” is an actual band that performs at Disneyland (with rotating members), and some incarnation of that band recorded the track. Jimmie Dodd is the composer, and I’m fairly sure he didn’t perform on the track.
I think it makes more sense to put the composer in the composer field, and put [Disney] in the artist field. Some of these artists are indeed potentially discover-able with further research. I managed to confirm 11 recording artists out of 28 tracks by doing a few web searches.
Bottom line, I would like to move the composers to the composers field, creating new works if the songs need them, and replace the missing recording artists with the [Disney] special purpose artist.
I want to open a discussion before I change anything, because one one hand, possibly no one’s ever cared enough to be this picky before, but on the other, maybe someone thinks Disney composers in the artist field is a hard and fast rule, and then I’ll get my edits down voted, time wasted, etc. These updates would affect a large number of recordings so I don’t want to jump right in.
Do y’all have any opinions on this?