#1. The back cover and the CD surface is not used for release artists because they tend to be much longer; the field is meant to be a summary. They should be ignored.
#2. Quoting the guidelines:
"For releases of physical media, the release artist will be sourced from the front cover. When a physical cover is not available, find the featured writers and performers at a reliable online source.
- The spine can be used if it should happen to contain more detail than the front cover"
The spine is given less priority in the guidelines, it doesn’t contain more detail in this case. If your argument is just that the graphic design looks tacky, I’d say that’s completely irrelevant.
#3. The recording artists are usually renamed through an automatic script which parses the relationships. I don’t usually bother changing these unless there’s an error. Unlike release artists, recording artists aren’t just sourced from the front cover / spine, so I wouldn’t change the order if it is written in that order there.
The other editor who has voted no on my edit talks about some kind of consensus about the order, but no link to any forum thread was posted other than this one, where just one person talked about the order and they weren’t sure if it was right.