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=== Release group examples that should be merged ===
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== Release groups that should be merged ==
  
* Slightly different versions of the same release, e.g. variations of Nirvana's [http://test.musicbrainz.org/release-group/0da3291e-e864-40de-9bc2-b64abf2c3795.html "Nevermind"]
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=== Albums ===
* A release with a bonus disc, e.g. The Corrs' [http://test.musicbrainz.org/release-group/0816e5ac-e9e2-4b85-9e92-d86e19a36fe6.html "In Blue"]
 
* A multiple-disc compilation, e.g. a release group [http://test.musicbrainz.org/release-group/e28bca11-ee27-4a6a-be5c-9848fc7f26a1.html "Bravo Hits 64"] containing both CDs from the jewel case
 
* A multiple-disc release in a box, e.g. Richard Wagner's [http://test.musicbrainz.org/release-group/ad7b2786-404c-4d7b-a679-8de5e76c0507.html "Ring der Nibelungen"]
 
* Multiple-disc "Best of" compilations, e.g. Joe Dassins [http://test.musicbrainz.org/release-group/f627bff5-db93-40da-baad-2b3bc54d4b63.html "Intégrale"]
 
  
=== Release group examples that should ''not'' to be merged ===
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Slightly different versions of the same release
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* Nirvana's [http://test.musicbrainz.org/release-group/0da3291e-e864-40de-9bc2-b64abf2c3795.html "Nevermind"]
  
* Compilation series like "Hitzone", "Tour of Duty", "Café del Mar" or "That's what I call music!" consisting of different volumes which have been released over time. A particular part or volume consisting of multiple discs is usually a release group, but not the whole series.
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A release with a bonus disc
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* The Corrs' [http://test.musicbrainz.org/release-group/0816e5ac-e9e2-4b85-9e92-d86e19a36fe6.html "In Blue"]
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A multiple-disc release in a box
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* Richard Wagner's [http://test.musicbrainz.org/release-group/ad7b2786-404c-4d7b-a679-8de5e76c0507.html "Ring der Nibelungen"]
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=== Singles ===
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Foo
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* Bar
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=== Compilations ===
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A multiple-disc compilation
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* A release group [http://test.musicbrainz.org/release-group/e28bca11-ee27-4a6a-be5c-9848fc7f26a1.html "Bravo Hits 64"] containing both CDs from the jewel case
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Multiple-disc "Best of" compilations
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* Joe Dassins [http://test.musicbrainz.org/release-group/f627bff5-db93-40da-baad-2b3bc54d4b63.html "Intégrale"]
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=== Live ===
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Foo
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* Bar
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== Release groups that should ''not'' to be merged ==
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=== Albums ===
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Foo
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* Bar
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=== Singles ===
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Foo
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* Bar
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=== Compilations ===
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Compilation series' consisting of different volumes which have been released over time.
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: '''Note:''' A particular part or volume consisting of multiple discs is usually a release group, but not the whole series.
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* "Hitzone"
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* "Tour of Duty"
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* "Café del Mar"
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* "That's what I call music!"
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=== Live ===
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Different bootleg recordings of a live show
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* Bar
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* Bar
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* Bar

Revision as of 23:49, 21 May 2009

Current Musicbrainz server release feature a concept called Release Groups. Just as the name suggests, it groups several releases together in one entity. Since this is not obviously clear, this page explains the difference and gives some guidelines on how to handle them.

Both release groups and releases are "albums" in colloquial sense, but with a slight difference: a release is something you can buy as media, e.g. a CD box, a vinyl record etc on its own, while a release group embraces the concept of an album -- it doesn't matter how many CDs or editions/versions it had. When an artist tells you "We've released our new album", he's talking about a release group. When his publisher says "This new album gets released next week in Japan and next month in Europe", he's talking about several releases belonging to the release group the artist has told you about. Therefore a release group is a single group of releases containing:

  • The normal release(s), consisting of a single disc or multiple discs
  • The different (special) editions with e.g. additional (bonus) track(s) or disc(s)
  • Re-releases.

Thus a release group is not solely meant for the purpose of grouping a release consisting of multiple discs.

Musicbrainz automatically considers a single release to be part of a release group, even if this group only contains this one release. Therefore, grouping releases only requires merging several release groups. The following criteria should help you to decide which releases should be merged and which should not.


Release groups that should be merged

Albums

Slightly different versions of the same release

A release with a bonus disc

A multiple-disc release in a box

Singles

Foo

  • Bar

Compilations

A multiple-disc compilation

Multiple-disc "Best of" compilations

Live

Foo

  • Bar

Release groups that should not to be merged

Albums

Foo

  • Bar

Singles

Foo

  • Bar

Compilations

Compilation series' consisting of different volumes which have been released over time.

Note: A particular part or volume consisting of multiple discs is usually a release group, but not the whole series.
  • "Hitzone"
  • "Tour of Duty"
  • "Café del Mar"
  • "That's what I call music!"

Live

Different bootleg recordings of a live show

  • Bar
  • Bar
  • Bar