History:Live Track Style

From MusicBrainz Wiki
Revision as of 13:41, 13 May 2009 by Prodoc (talk | contribs) (Moved discussion to talk page)

Style for Live Tracks


This page describes the style to be used for naming live tracks. It only deals with the ExtraTitleInformation part of the TrackTitles, 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 OfficialStyleGuidelines.

Naming of live tracks depends on whether they are

  1. a track on a Release, or
  2. a NonAlbumTrack

Live Tracks on Releases

If all tracks on a Release are live, the release should have the ReleaseAttribute "live", and TrackTitles should not contain ExtraTitleInformation about the date and venue of the live performance. This information belongs into the ReleaseAnnotation.

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

Add all date and venue information to the ReleaseAnnotation (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 ReleaseAttribute "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 ReleaseAttributes). 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 NonAlbumTracks it is best to include as much information as possible into the TrackTitle in parentheses as ExtraTitleInformation. Some possibilities are listed below. The date and venue naming format is exactly the same as in UntitledBootlegStyle.

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


Track 'version' information should be in a different pair of parentheses ('acoustic' is considered a version, like a remix name):

  • "Song Name (live) (acoustic)"

Attention.png Status: This detail is disputed.