I just came across this edit (Edit #83082559). I happen to have a copy of the album where this recording originated (Herb Alpert’s Rise), and I have embedded the ISRCs for the tracks, as I found them on SoundExchange.
There are several edits for the other recordings on this album. The ISRCs as shown on SoundExchange don’t match the ones in the merge targets, so I got curious.
Taking one track (‘1980’) as an example, the ISRC in the merge target (QM4221500408) doesn’t appear in a search on SoundExchange. Looking through the edit history, this ISRC was added from Spotify. Per the MB documentation, the first two letters are a country code, but (QM) does not exist in ISO 3166-1.
Tracking that down, I learned that a new standard was created for ISRCs. The first two characters no longer specify a country.
But the IFPI’s “ISRC handbook,” if I read it correctly, says that a new ISRC should not be assigned to a recording that already has one, and any recording should have exactly one ISRC.
So the questions that arise from all this are:
- Is the recording used by Spotify the same as the one on my release?
- If they are the same, shouldn’t the earlier ISRC be used?
- If they aren’t the same, should the recordings be merged?
In addition to the above, I think the MB documentation may need to be updated to account for the new IFPI definition of ISRC.