Since adopting MusicBrainz tags into my own library, I’ve gone with the “clean” approach to release titles. Typically I add nothing to a release title, unless I have more than one version of the same release. This is rare with albums, but happens quite a bit for me with singles.
Example: I have “Ch-Check It Out” by Beastie Boys as:
Currently I have those titled in my library as:
- Ch-Check It Out pt.1 (single)
- Ch-Check It Out pt.2 (single)
- Ch-Check It Out (single)
I assume there’s no “official” standard for this sort of thing since it’s not an issue for the MB database itself. But for local library tagging, what’s the conventional wisdom here?
I should add that the first two items in my example, I believe, were actually released in a “Part 1” & “Part 2” format, as is often the case with European singles. However I’ve applied that labeling convention to unrelated releases as well (e.g. a US promo and a German single) just to keep things consistent. I’ve also used “(single)” vs. “(maxi single)” here and there, but I’m not happy with how that looks.