Is there a standard way to reflect that a song has been split between two sides of a record?
This seems to happen on occasion when a song that fits on a CD needs to be split up because the whole thing doesn’t fit on on side of a record. Here’s a couple of examples:
Motorpsycho and Ståle Storløkken: The Death Defying Unicorn. Through the Veil.
Vinyl: https://musicbrainz.org/release/e416c297-28fe-4165-a287-130eaa68bea9 (pt. 1: A3 11:45; pt. 2: B1 5:37)
CD: https://musicbrainz.org/release/da373752-a5cb-4af3-94c5-e7d56f9d0b1e (Track 1.3. 16:01)
Swans: The Seer (this has several), The Apostate, A Piece of the Sky, The Seer
Vinyl: https://musicbrainz.org/release/da97d18e-8a6a-4878-a630-2c4b63acd414 (tracks: A2/B1, B2/C1, E2/F1)
CD: https://musicbrainz.org/release/76acd93b-362b-41ef-b3ed-1f8440bc695e (Tracks: 2.4, 2.3, 1.4)
Natural Snow Buildings: Night Coercion into the Company of Witches (most of the tracks, here)
Note: I would consider this slightly different than something like Jethro Tull’s A Passion play which was originally released on vinyl split between two sides (https://musicbrainz.org/release/8ed99b83-6abc-402e-b723-b036b9441fc4), but the song was fused together for the CD release (https://musicbrainz.org/release/8de27551-4f93-413a-bad2-b94dca00f4e9)
Full disclosure, I made the Natural Snow Buildings one so I’m a little biased.
So I see two different approaches here. Motorpsycho sees the two parts as the same recording (https://musicbrainz.org/recording/56eadb17-cd90-499d-b1ae-ecf8c94efe6e). For Natural Snow Buildings, each part is a seperate recording that’s considered an ‘edit’ of the full recording. I also linked the parts to the work as a partial recording. Swans is set up to do this, as the parts are separate recordings from the CD equivalent.