i (usually) agree. a good reference i use for changes on sites like bandcamp is “would any other platform let them change this?”. like for example, most streaming platforms don’t let you edit a release to add new tracks, you would have to remove the existing release and add a new one with a new barcode. if spotify would have you create a new release, it should be a new release in musicbrainz, too.
i’ve done this before with this release group, where the artist ended up deleting certain songs, possibly because she wanted to remove it but was stuck in a contract to keep it up.
From what I can tell for this particular release it is meant to be a ‘final’ 30 track release, with a track released every day. So it makes sense to only make one release imo, rather than 30 releases with an extra track in each one
If it was changing in an ‘unplanned’ manner then I would definitely agree with adding new releases instead.
Every November since 2010, the Grateful Dead have released a track each day throughout the month. Collectively, these are called “30 Days of Dead”. Each is considered a separate release and each (except the first two) have distinctive cover art.
I think it makes sense to have a Release that represents all the tracks as an album, but this fails to assign the correct %_recording_firstreleasedate% value to each track.
(Unfortunately, people were very opposed to allowing a recording to hold a date field separate from the releases it belongs to in MBS-1424.)
My takeaway from the responses to STYLE-410 is that you should also create a Promotional-status 1-track release per daily file with the release date of that file. Doesn’t scale very well, but that’s the result of these tickets.
It should be possible to research which tapers are responsible for each of these recordings, then merge the recording with the one on the original “release” of that tapers work. A lot of these are probably soundboard recordings which would make it easier. It would still be a lot of work, though.
I’d like to get some votes on merging these releases: Edit #85259184 - MusicBrainz
(And also the release group: Edit #85259413 - MusicBrainz )
I’m in one of those rare MusicBrainz editing moods today, and it’d be very nice to continue working on this group/album I just added without worrying about a pending merge. Thanks in advance!
I think it’d be good to get some more opinions and eyes on this topic. I know it’s not going to resolve in an exact consensus, but I think it’s something that deserves a chance to be deliberated on and discussed.
If that edit goes through, I’ll probably try to use it as precedent and proceed to submit similar edits whenever I turn up separations like those.