History:Live Track Style

From MusicBrainz Wiki
Jump to navigationJump to search
Status: This Page is Glorious History!

The content of this page either is bit-rotted, or has lost its reason to exist due to some new features having been implemented in MusicBrainz, or maybe just described something that never made it in (or made it in a different way), or possibly is meant to store information and memories about our Glorious Past. We still keep this page to honor the brave editors who, during the prehistoric times (prehistoric for you, newcomer!), struggled hard to build a better present and dreamed of an even better future. We also keep it for archival purposes because possibly it still contains crazy thoughts and ideas that may be reused someday. If you're not into looking at either the past or the future, you should just disregard entirely this page content and look for an up to date documentation page elsewhere.

Note: This guideline applies to the titling of a live track. For titling of a bootleg release, reference Live Bootleg Style.

Style for Live Tracks


This page describes the style to be used for naming live tracks. It only deals with the Extra Title Information Style part of the track titles, i.e. the part that describes whether the track is a live recording and possibly the date and venue for the recording. All other parts of the track title should be entered according to the normal Official Style Guidelines.

Naming of live tracks depends on whether they are

  1. a track on a Release, or
  2. a Non-Album Track

Live Tracks on Releases

If all tracks on a Release are live, the release should have the Release Attribute "live", and track titles should not contain Extra Title Information Style about the date and venue of the live performance. This information belongs into the Release Annotation.

If only some tracks on a Release are live, append " (live)" to the Main Title, like this:

"Main Title (live)"

Add all date and venue information to the Release Annotation (example).

If more information is needed to distinguish between two tracks with the same title on one release (e.g. because the release has songs from more than one live session), more information can be added to the track title as explained for non-album tracks below.

There is an exception to this guideline:

If an release with the Release Attribute "Live" has more than one track with the same name, they can be differentiated by appending the date and venue as follows: "Song Name (1980-01-18: Brussels, Belgium)". Basically, the same style is used as for non-album tracks, but without adding the 'live' part (because this information is already included in the Release Attributes). It's also possible to append a number to the title as follows: "Song Name (1)" and "Song Name (2)". This is useful for tracks that have no date information, or for tracks that are from outtakes (example).

Live Non-Album Tracks

For Non-Album Tracks it is best to include as much information as possible into the track title in parentheses as Extra Title Information Style. Some possibilities are listed below. The date and venue naming format is exactly the same as in Live Bootleg Style.

  1. "Main Title (live, Radio 3FM, 2004-05-23: Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands)"
  2. "Main Title (live, 2004-05-23: Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands)"
  3. "Main Title (live, 1969-01-16: New York, NY, USA)"
  4. "Main Title (live, 2004-11)"
  5. "Main Title (live, 2004: Netherlands)"
  6. "Main Title (live, New York, NY, USA)"
  7. "Main Title (live, Radio 3FM)"
  8. "Main Title (live, 2004)"
  9. "Main Title (live)"


This guideline began development on March 30, 2005. On March 3, 2010, proposal RFC-23 passed, and this guideline became official.