I got negative votes for my edit #55589671, mainly because some editors think that the Soundtrack guideline is saying to only use the outer package for track artist credits, and not the included booklet.
Soundtrack guideline for track artists:
If the cover art lists specific artists for each track, that artist should be placed in the track’s Artist Credit field. If there are no track artists, use the release artist instead. If there is no release artist, use the composer for each track instead. If the composer is unknown, use [unknown].
Theatre guideline for track artists:
Track Artist Credits should be as listed on the release. In most cases this will be the writers. Again, in some cases, the credited artist may not be suitable for a separate artist (e.g. “Full cast”, “Ensemble”, “Nun’s Chorus”). In such cases, use the Special Purpose Artist [theatre], credited as it appears on the release. If there are no credited per-track artists, use the release artist, or the track’s composer if there is no clear release artist.
My guess is that the use of the phrase cover art in the Soundtrack guideline was not to discourage using booklets as a source for track artist credits. Theatre guideline uses the word release. Classical guideline for track artists (while not applicable here) even says: “Use the most detailed tracklist available (e.g. inside booklet on a CD release)”. In my opinion, this would be the best practice for Soundtrack/Theatre releases as well.
There is also a ticket about this at MusicBrainz JIRA.
What do you think? Can the booklet be used for track artist credits?
- Yes, the booklet is a valid source for track artist credits
- No, the booklet should not be used for track artist credits
- Not sure / It depends