Many releases have instrument credits for the whole album AND on track level. Those specified for particular tracks should be added to the recordings and those not (mostly main artists playing several instruments appearing anywhere on the album) should be release credits, I suppose.
But release credits have disadvantages:
- they appear only on the release where they were entered (possibly 1 of 20) and there’s no chance to copy them, isn’t it?
- Picard adds them to every track anyway (or none, if you decide to loose all main artists)
- If I do not add them to the other releases, I risk that they will be added to the recordings as well (by someone who tries to improve his release) and then I got them doubled.
I try to avoid release credits whenever possible. I think, in case of a live album from one concert with only one instrument per artist credited, it’s reasonable to relate them to all recordings. But that’s a rare case.
In reality I have one artist playing 2 instruments (trumpet and flugelhorn) and it’s taken from 4 shows, but I still use the recording relationship. Is it acceptable to do so?
I wonder what’s best for the database. I don’t like to add the release credits to more than one or two further releases. (dependent on the number of instruments)
On one release I tried to figure out, which instrument was used on which track. It was a simple case. …looked simple, but it was the hell. I will not do this again, even if otherwise a whole big band is playing a piano solo on one track