The weird thing about this game is that the more you learn, the harder it gets. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. Let´s dive right in, shall we?
I am comparing my copy to this release:
This looked like a good match: barcode, catalog number and track list were identical. My DiscID matched. Editor chba uploaded some artwork which I carefully scrutinized and found to be the same. There seemed to be no discrepancies, so I provided the missing scans of the booklet and the sticker and added the release to my collection.
A while ago I returned to the release to add the matrix/runout information. My copy reads:
12-474101-10 63 C3 (DADC Austria logo)
This is a pre-1994 release, so there are no SID codes. We can compare our pressing info to the uploaded art work by reading the matrix/runout from the medium scan. The uploaded scan reads:
12-474101-10 14 B1 (MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA)
Some minor differences, but nothing crazy. Pressing was done at the same plant.
So far so good. As a final check, I decide to follow the Discogs link. I find my matrix/runout information there (It’s Variant 5), but also read:
This version has a price code of "CB 811" which is easily confused with a similar version (Culture Beat - Serenity) which has a price code of "CB 791" printed on the rear of the traycard.
Negative, my copy has price code “CB 791” on the back (it’s in the lower right corner). The “similar version” indeed shows the “MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA” matrix/runout information. It looks like the MB release is associated with the wrong Discogs release, so we should at least correct the link, I suppose.
But where does my copy go? On the face of it, my copy is a combination of disc and packaging of the two Discogs releases. So is Discogs wrong? Is my copy a chimaera (possible, since I didn’t buy it new)? Is this an undocumented release, perchance? If the latter, should it go into a new release? It quite closely resembles the existing MB release.
How would you proceed?