This is the documentation on MB Work distinctiveness:
Although soundtracks don’t fall under Classical, here’s what Classical has to say about arrangements:
Based on my understanding of the documentation, I opened 3 edits to merge what I consider to be duplicate works between Super Mario RPG and Final Fantasy IV. In https://musicbrainz.org/edit/70681138 specifically, the claim is being made that,
For soundtracks, unless it is explicitly stated as “from game/movie/tv show X” it is usually considered a new work by the publisher and composer. “Version of” would be a better fit in this case.
Is this a valid reason to prevent MB Work merges? @reosarevok?
Here are two of the top YouTube videos I could find carrying copies of the works in https://musicbrainz.org/edit/70680477 :
I have a hard time hearing anything worthy of a distinct MB Work. In my opinion, the only significant difference is the name of the recording. How do others feel about this case?