I have been editing the following release: https://musicbrainz.org/release/15f0a86b-ffe9-4310-821e-deba107fb524
This is a hybrid SACD compilation of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
There were a number of duplicate recordings. I have merged the ones that I have listened to and compared and made sure they were exactly the same. (I have all their albums so this was straightforward.)
Nonetheless, there is one that I am not sure I can merge. This is Rosalosis. The sole difference between the original album and the compilation is they cut off a brief clatter/click at the start of the recording, possibly removed a few seconds of silence from the end.
As far as I am concerned this is not musical. It is the same as an applause or a click/pop introduced by a tape/LP. It sounds like someone dropped a coin in a drum or something like that.
So, to this extent I would merge the two recordings, but it’s unclear to me if this is ‘correct’. I would be interested in hearing some thoughts on this one.