I just added a new release of The Continuing Story of Radar Love by Golden Earring. There was an existing release but the catalogue number was MCAMD-6355 and the catalogue number on my CD Back & Spine image is CMCAMD 6355 (with an extra “C” at the start and no hyphen).
As I was scanning and uploading all the images to my new release, I noticed that the Cover image showed the catalogue number from the existing release (MCAMD-6355) rather than the catalogue number shown on the back and spine of the package. This now has me wondering if the two releases are actually the same and should be merged.
Normally I would compare things like bar codes and back & spine images, but the original release only has the cover image uploaded, and for some reason I can’t get a proper scan of the bar code on the back image of my release (and the barcode numbers are not shown). My phone wouldn’t give any result, and two different on-line barcode scanners gave significantly different results (neither of which is recognized as a valid code by MusicBrainz).
I’m looking for opinions as to whether to merge the releases, with some reasoning as to why or why not. Thanks.