Merging releases with different number of tracks

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Hi All,

I just found a duplicated release which I would like to merge to the correct one:

https://musicbrainz.org/release/9ed87b69-3e25-4a35-9c7a-d6c7e16b450b (duplicate)
https://musicbrainz.org/release/94a2fb78-46b1-473f-8aed-ab83fd467479 (correct)

Notice that every detail is the same (release event, label, catalog no, Discogs link), just the number of tracks is different. I own this release, and actually there’s just one long track on the CD. The 13 tracks in the duplicate release probably come from botched Discogs import from https://www.discogs.com/release/350350.

What is the right approach to proceed here? Should I merge all the 13 bogus tracks into the long one, fix the track listing and then merge the releases? Or is there another way?

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You’re right it seems to come from bad/lazy Discogs import edit (it’s actually not super obvious that all these were sub track titles) and it does not contain any details that would come from a split rip (no fingerprints, no track length).

So you’re right you could merge as you explain.
But we could also just remove the release as well.

According to package, I think we could rename track and recording with multiple title style.

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Thanks for your answer. I will proceed as I described. Recording merges are pending: https://musicbrainz.org/release/9ed87b69-3e25-4a35-9c7a-d6c7e16b450b/open_edits

I think we could rename track and recording with multiple title style

Since this is one of our guidelines then I think we should, but I must say I don’t really like the way it looks. The way it’s presented in Discogs is much better IMO.

Would it be possible to somehow store the sub-titles for such long tracks as separate entities in the database, and display them in a way similar to Discogs? That would be a huge plus for readability. Has it been considered before? (I guess so, I can’t be the first person to come up with such idea).

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This might be what you’re asking for:

A somewhat related one, but the opposite (ie., instead of splitting one track into finer segments, allow to group multiple tracks into a larger group (e.g., “Bonus”)):


I added an edit to change the track listing of your found duplicate release, so that the two releases can get merged together:
https://musicbrainz.org/edit/69692102

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That ticket has been on the tracker for a mere 7 years… needs to ripen for at least another 2 years before being taken seriously :stuck_out_tongue:

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Thank you everyone for your votes and additional edits. :+1:

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