I have received 4 re-releases of older (sometimes out-of-print) audio CDs that arrive on CDR medium. On 3 of these, the original package had a pressed CD, on the re-release the CDR medium silkscreen , the booklet, the front/back art were exactly the same as the original. The 4th one I got from CDbaby was a new package with a cardboard sleeve, no booklet or liner notes as in the original, since CDbaby did not label it as CDR they refunded my money.
The last one I purchased from amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Carolina-Blue-Baucom-Reid/dp/B000002X60 is “Carolina Blue” by “Lou Reid, Terry Baucom & Carolina”, with a amazon release date of July 29, 1994, labeled as “Audio CD”. Clearly this is not the release date, and the manufacture date of 1993 on the package and CDR is the original “pressing” date.
Using cdrecord on that CDR of 1993 WEBCO (now Pinecastle Records) release.
$ cdrecord -atip
Device was not specified. Trying to find an appropriate drive…
hm, 1, 0, 0
hm, 1, 0, 0
Using drive: L:
Device type : Removable CD-ROM
Version : 0
Response Format: 2
Vendor_info : 'ATAPI ’
Identification : 'iHAS124 F ’
Revision : ‘CL9M’
Device seems to be: Generic mmc2 DVD-R/DVD-RW.
Using generic SCSI-3/mmc CD-R/CD-RW driver (mmc_cdr).
Driver flags : MMC-3 SWABAUDIO BURNFREE FORCESPEED
Supported modes: TAO PACKET SAO SAO/R96P SAO/R96R RAW/R16 RAW/R96P RAW/R96R
ATIP info from disk:
Indicated writing power: 4
Is not unrestricted
Is not erasable
Disk sub type: Medium Type A, high Beta category (A+) (3)
ATIP start of lead in: -11077 (97:34/23)
ATIP start of lead out: 359848 (79:59/73)
Disk type: Long strategy type (Cyanine, AZO or similar)
Manuf. index: 11
Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
The CDR is not an Amazon “Created On Demand” product which I would never buy.
I realize no actual release date can be added for the package/release. I also think a separate release needs to be created since it is a CDR and not the original pressed CD.
I suspect I will be seeing more of this. I do not care for CDR products as they degrade over time due to the organic dyes that are used. Also I find it misleading that they do not tell you that they are selling you a CDR, but they may not know that.
What is the best way to handle these in the database.