While doing some routine editing, I stumbled upon this hot mess of a recording. From what I gather from the editing history, some catastrophic merge happened that merged the remixed version with the original, with 80+ linked tracks. The merge itself isn’t the biggest problem though, it’s that this track routinely gets credited incorrectly in tracklistings. Spotify’s tracklist for certain releases (ex. 1, ex. 2) indicates the remix, but actually plays the original version. I’m sure numerous VA releases also credit it incorrectly. Even the title of the official music video on YouTube makes it appear to be the original while it’s actually the remix. Apparently the label didn’t like that the original version performed underwhelmingly, re-released it as the remix later, and chaos and confusion ensued. In short, this recording is fudged.
I’ve split off some tracks that I can confirm to be either the original or the remix to other recordings, but I’ve left most releases that link to this recording untouched because 1) the tracklist often cannot be trusted (esp. for VA releases) and 2) it’d be super confusing to add the remix-but-not-really-the-remix Spotify tracks to the original. I’ve of course added disambiguation comments and annotations to clarify and warn too. In its current state, this recording is a bit of a “catch-all” garbage recording. I’ve removed ISRCs and AcoustIDs from it, but the whole ID is probably tainted. It might actually be better to (eventually) get all tracks relinked and just let the recording get deleted, instead of trying to clean it up somehow.
Here are the two new and (to the best of my knowledge) good recordings: original, remix.
There are multiple reasons why I’m posting this to the forums as well:
- Extra documentation.
- To hopefully find an expert on The Corrs that can double-check the annotations. If you’re in the possession of an album by The Corrs that features either the remix or the original, please verify that I’ve correctly identified the original as the original and the remix as the remix. My copy of Talk on Corners (standard edition) is badly scratched, my disc reader just spits it out again, so I’ve had to resort to…“other means” of checking the versions by ear. I’m 99.999% sure, but this track is confusing me so much with all of the incorrect titling that I’d appreciate a second set of ears.
- To call on anyone that is in the possession of one of the releases linked to the bad recording to help identify which version is featured on the release, and relink the track as necessary. Please check the annotation for more info.
- To recruit voters to add the bad and the two new good recordings to their subscriptions to prevent these things from happening in the future, because they will keep happening. I’ve subscribed, but I’m bad at checking my subscriptions, so more reviewers are appreciated.
- To hold a discussion about what should be done about the bad recording: Should we let it die? Should we attempt to restore it to a consistent state?
- To hold a discussion about what should be done with the remix-ETI-but-really-the-original-version tracks, primarily on streaming services like Spotify, but likely also on VA releases. It’ll probably be very confusing if we add the tracks with remix ETIs but that are actually the original, to the original recording (and might lead to more bad merges in the future), but adding them to the remix recording would be entirely wrong. For what it’s worth, it seems the ISRCs on Spotify are correct, but the track names aren’t. I’ve actually been wondering whether it might be a mistake in the digital releases, that it’s actually supposed to be the remixed version but that they entered the wrong ISRC and Spotify now plays the wrong track (if that’s even possible, I don’t know how Spotify handles compilations).