Topic: Better release categorisation
I'm interested in whether releases within an RG could be better subcategorised.
Under the current schema, a 'release' is a unique configuration of medium, date, country, label, catalog, barcode and track list.
To my knowledge, the term 'release event' is not currently used in MB. I propose adding this as a sub category to each 'release', and redefining 'release' itself.
I would define as follows:
'Release': medium, track list, mastering
(Each 'release' would therefore contain what I consider to be unique 'material')
(Mastering is to some extent debatable. Technically, I would consider any edition of a release that has a different bit rate/replay gain level to the original is a remaster. Obviously evidence is difficult in the area, but I think it's still worthwhile considering. CERTAINLY, mastering such as The Beatles 2009 remasters would be allowed.)
'Release event': date, country, label, catalog, barcode
(These would be unique 'packages' as opposed to 'material')
This would tidy up RGs that have a lot of similar releases. The result would be that in an RG you could see how many formats a release has been made in, how many different versions of the track list there are (bonus tracks etc.) and how many different masters there are. I think this would be preferable to the current system, where RGs often contain 20+ versions of a release where most contain exactly the same 'material'.
It has been discussed elsewhere whether it should be possible to add multiple release countries to a particular release. This is where the track list, catalog and barcode match. I think there was a consensus that adding the capacity for multi-country releases will be implemented at some point in the future, although one issue I'm unsure about is wether multi-date releases would also be implemented. This is important as there is already some conflict amongst EU releases as different countries have released on different days.