I though of putting this in the AE thread, but I don’t want it quickly applied. Some of these merges require consideration.
Vinyl releases of Supertramp - Paris have separate recordings because of much shorter track lengths. The printed lengths are only for the songs and do not include any applause or spoken introductions to the songs. There is no further difference between vinyl and original CD release (the remastered CD version is slightly different) and it’s exactly the same when listening to the entire album.
But there are edge cases:
On vinyls Breakfast in America starts with an introduction (more than a minute). It’s the first track on side 2 and will always be a part of this track on ripped files.
CD versions have the index set just before the actual song starts, making this introduction part of the previous track. A file track length from a vinyl will have approx. 4:03 while the CD version has only 2:57. Edit #91843150 - Merge recordings
Same problem on the previous track Bloody Well Right - now the CD version will be much longer: Edit #91843547 - Merge recordings
Slightly different is the “Digitally Remastered” version. The introduction is also appended to Bloody Well Right, but the introduction starts after continuous applause, while on 1985 CD versions the applause fades and starts again after a short silence. Thus it is actually 15 seconds shorter and edited. However, the edit concerns applause… Edit #91843892 - Merge recordings
Currently the remastered versions of 1.1 School and 1.2 Ain’t Nobody but Me are part of the CD recording (added by me), although index 2 was set well after the beginning of the song (the first tunes, though partly covered by applause, should clearly belong to this track) - as a consequence 1.1 is 15s longer, 1.2 15s shorter than the others…
Merges because of “printed vs. actual track lengths”:
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Acoust IDs are roughly the same (and completely mixed up), except Breakfast in America for reasons, mentioned above.
I’ll take care of the date problem later (there’s no Dec 1st on any release, but it may be actually true)
Because of the 2012 remix I have not looked at other recordings (compilations) for further merges. (coming soon )