Currently an auto-editor in MusicBrainz, I've been mostly going through my own record collection. This means quite a lot of Finnish rock with some occasional apetizers. On the side I'm also trying to add useful information about the bands or artists in general when I find the time.
However, I often lose myself in finding and adding information: I may end up adding age-old clay singles, because someone has covered an old song in Finnish and I end up looking for the earliest release to link it to.
Currently I'm spending time trying to make sense about PUIDs; I'm going through my own collection and try to remove PUIDs from conflicting versions - for example, same PUID is not likely to be generated from a live and studio release, so away they go.
- * * * =Single track wonders=
Did you know that out of our 360 000 artists, about 100 000 are artists that have only a single track on some various artists release? Yeah, neither did I, until I made the query. There's potentially lot of garbage, so feel free to rummage through the massive artist list.
Late Night Tales series
For some reason, each of these volumes is attributed to the artist who has chosen the tracks. Why? They are pretty obvious VA compilations. Do I get my own page in MusicBrainz if I start to compile my very own releases of other artists' tracks?
As I try to enter complete information into the database, I often find myself searching for the earliest releases. But what if that just isn't available? I welcome you in search of Smile, the original release of Charlie Chaplin's classic.
Is the earliest release the one we hear in Modern Times? If it is, do we count the movie as the first release - that's what the piece was composed for, after all. Did they release soundtracks back in 1936?
Or is the earliest release the one with lyrics added, from 1954? Turner/Parsons did a great job with the lyrics, and they complete the song as the version we know today. Was Nat King Cole's recording the first, or were there others before him?
To be fixed
- Crossing All Over vol.10 has Skunk Anansie's Lately in the track listing, but it has the same track length and it's sharing its only PUID with You'll Follow Me Down.
- They Might Be Giants' Apollo 18 has a zillion PUIDs on tracks that are only few seconds in length. Sort of strange, considering MusicIP software doesn't analyze that sort tracks.
Multiple releases under same entry
- Barry White's The Ultimate Collection has DiscID's with several minutes' difference in length, definitely not the same release.
- Sting's Nothing Like the Sun needs cleaning as well.
- Simon and Garfunkel's The Concert in Central Park has seven DiscIDs which seem to describe two slightly different releases.
- Guns'n'Roses Best Ballads has DiscIDs with wildly varying track lengths.
- Crossroads has a DiscID that has one track over 20 seconds longer than in other DiscIDs of the release.
- Sneaker Pimps' Becoming X needs splitting - there are two separate sets of DiscIDs with a difference in track length in worse case over 1.5 minutes. DiscoGS has both versions in their listing.
- The Very Best of Sheryl Crow has some slightly conflicting track lengths in DiscIDs.
- The Globe Sessions by Sheryl Crow has a DiscID that has considerably different two last tracks.
- The Very Best of Sting & The Police has a DiscID with the last track almost two minutes shorter than in other DiscIDs.
- Under Rug Swept by Alanis Morissette seems to have several slightly different version.
- Seal by Seal has a DiscID with "Crazy", track 3, over a minute shorter than in my copy...
- Led Zeppelin has two DiscID's that are clearly a different version of the album.
- The Fellowship of the Ring has a DiscID that differs from others drastically on two tracks.
- Nirvana by Nirvana has DiscID which has several different tracks.
- Their Satanic Majesties Request has DiscIDs that paint a picture of at least two different releases.
- Station to Station has a strange DiscID.
- Abbey Road has a strange one.
- Guns'n'Roses' Best Ballads has a stray DiscID.
- Star Wars Episode I has a DiscID where the first and the last track have changed places.
- Stoosh by Skunk Anansie has funny DiscIDs. Another Stoosh looks even more crappy.
- A Funk Odyssey by Jamiroquai has two DiscIDs that have totally different two last tracks.
- The Definitive Collection of Stevie Wonder is so definitive, that it combines two different DiscIDs into a single release.
- Live at Wembley (disc 2) by Queen has several different kind of DiscIDs attached to it.
- Return of Saturn seems to have two quite different DiscIDs.
- A Tribute to U2 - on U2's own catalog?
- Star Profile by R.E.M. isn't the official Star Profile, and the track times are so close to studio album lengths that I doubt it's a live either.
- The Matrix soundtrack has two additional tracks compared to the official one. Wikipedia mentions those two additional tracks as missing from the soundtrack. And the track times make me think that either track times or track order is wrong.
- Newage by "Enya" seems to be a bootleg compilation of new-agish tracks by various artists.
- Jamiroquai's Touring Without Moving is probably a bootleg, and a live one at that. Another version is already there.
- The Doors' Alabama Song claims to be a live bootleg, but track times are the same as in tracks' studio versions. A bit too accurate for live.
- Forty Licks (disc 1) has many suspicious DiscIDs, most of the discs look like burnt copies.
- Universal Being artist page contains bogus releases. Something to get started with can be found in AOL.
- Long Hard Road Out of Hell - if the tracks are from Spawn soundtrack, shouldn't the performer be Marilyn Manson & Sneaker Pimps?
- Another Clapton compilation with all the tracks attributed to Eric Clapton, even though there are obvious Dominos and Cream tracks in there.
- In the Beginning seems to be another rehash of Decca tapes - to my knowledge all of them are bootlegs.
- Collection of Tarantino movie music needs cleaning up.
- This PUID has several matching tracks. My Pandora's Box [untitled] generates it, so that's a proper match, but what about the other two? Circle Jerk rings a bell, it could be an unofficial name for that untitled track...
Thanks to Joan Whittaker and Zout for helping out.