History:How To Merge Releases
It is necessary to merge releases whenever two (or more) releases exist that are completely identical.
|Before attempting any merge, please attentively read WhatDefinesAUniqueRelease!|
Please note that, with the current system, release annotations are usually the only reliable way to tell apart different remasters of an release. This means that, if the releases appear to be identical, and there is no annotation to the contrary, my advice would be to merge them.
- 1 Step by step instructions
- 1.1 Step 1: Select the Releases to Merge
- 1.2 Step 1a: Selecting Releases via Artist Page
- 1.3 Step 1b: Selecting Releases via Release Pages
- 1.4 Step 2: Start the Merge
- 1.5 Step 3: Complete the Merge
- 2 Related How To's
- 3 Further Information
Step by step instructions
In this example, we will be merging four releases. The first two are 100% identical, and are the result of a Various Artist add gone wrong (the artist of each track is set the same as the title of the track), the third is attributed to the correct artist, but all titles are in lower case and several are misspelt, and the fourth is the "correct" release, which we will be merging into.
Step 1: Select the Releases to Merge
Step 1a: Selecting Releases via Artist Page
Step 1a.1: Mark the Releases to be Merged
On the Artist page, mark all of the releases to be merged.
Step 1a.2: Start a Batch Operation
Choose the "Batch Operation" link, near the top of the page.
Step 1a.3: Mark Remaining Releases
If there are more releases in the set that need to be merged, find those now and repeat steps 1a.1 and 1a.2. MusicBrainz will remember the releases you have already marked as long as you don't close your browser, so you can take your time to do this, even if that means creating a new release to merge into.
Step 1a.4: Done with this Alternative
Step 1b: Selecting Releases via Release Pages
Step 1b.1: Open the Releases to be Merged
Open each of the releases to be merged in a separate browser tab (or window).
Step 1b.2: Add Releases to Batch Operation Cache
Step 1b.3: Close the Redundant Releases
This step is completely optional, but reduces the clutter in your browser. Close all but the last (most recent) "Batch Operation" tab / window.
Step 1b.4: Done with this Alternative
Step 2: Start the Merge
From the "Batch Operation" menu, choose "Merge all the selected releases into one release, preserving all TRM IDs and Disc IDs".
Note: Since SG5DisasterRelief, the "Merge into Various Artist release" option is probably obsolete and should not be used. (If this is not the case, please update this.)
Step 3: Complete the Merge
Step 3.1: Choose the Target Release
Scroll down the page to find the release you want to merge into (the "target" release). If it is not already at the top, choose the "Move to Top" button.
Step 3.2: Choose Attribute Merge Option
The release attributes describe what type of release a release is. Examples are "Album/Official", "Compilation/Official", or "Live/Bootleg". Choose whether to merge the attributes from all the selected releases, or to keep the attributes of the target (top) release.
If you choose to merge the attributes, then any attributes that are blank (e.g. "None" or "Unknown") in the target release will be set to match one of the releases being merged.
Step 3.3: Choose Language Merge Option
The language/script attributes are handled in exactly the same way as the release attributes (above). Choose whichever option is appropriate.
Step 3.4: Submit the Merge
Enter a moderation note (optional, but recommended) to describe why the releases should be merged, and what the intended outcome is. Once this is done, choose the "Merge!" button to complete the merge operation.