Disc 4 has a faulty TOC. After the end of track 8 (2:12) is no index for track 9 - track 8 was skipped in the table! The next index was for a preceding 3:08 song (= track 9). All following indexes skipped track 8 too, up to track 18 (now 17), after which track 8 was inserted. 19 and 20 are normal again.
But that’s of course no problem. But what to do with the recordings?
Are they separate MB recordings?
I think, it is impossible to keep them together. Technically because of different track lengths, and it would be a blow to my MusicBrainz ratings for tagging my files. Songs, rated (for playlists) on one album and not rated on another (excluded from playlists) is not possible, if they consist of the same recordings.
Must the new recording reflect, what is actually included?
A partial recording of work #9 and #10…
I decided no. You can use the CD pretty normal, if you listen to it as a whole. And it would be hard to sort this out by a tagger script.
Thanks to their similar track length, the major part of the recordings is from the respective song.
I added a comment to all affected recordings - example:
Hope, that’s acceptable for all, but I’m open for suggestions!
My English is probably no better…
But I will try to write something similar.
But there’s a problem. I do not know about which versions are effected. There are 3 glass master version on Discogs: 4, 5 and 6. I’ve got 5. What do I know from that? I should ask, probably… but I’m not sure if there will be any response.
Just document what you have. That’s a good start. That way when someone else comes along with the same TOC they have tracks to match to.
The trouble they had was going from vinyl to the Gapless CD. They didn’t know where to slice up the separate tracks. Where to put the film bits. As I had one of these old CDs I tried to list as much as I could work out about how they had sliced things.
I put lots of notes into the Annotation of the Recordings to make it easier for the next person trying to work out the oddities. Explaining why the track list doesn’t line up with the tracks we know.
With the Wall it isn’t really a manufacturing “fault”. It was more a lack of guidance for the engineers where to make the cuts. Later releases changed the layouts more than once to better align the tracklist.
Now you’ve added your edition in detail it is also somewhere for the AcoustIDs and everything else to line up.
Because of the way the Japanese sliced up that first CD it sent me down a big rabbit hole of curiosity about how Concept Albums get sliced and diced. As you have noticed, the Japanese error is easy to understand once you listen to it. Makes my old CD even more interesting. Would never have noticed if it wasn’t for MB.
And now you’ll always look at this Genesis Archive in a totally different way. It is now much more than “just another compilation”. It has taken on a unique life of its own.