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Old Aug 3, 2011, 07:39 PM
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Hi,

I was considering adding a videogame compilation album that I own, namely this one (not my pic), to the database, but I screwed up big time on my first album submission (been fixed by a staff member) due to a lack of knowledge about how to use the submission forms and editing tools on my end, so I'd rather have some things clarified for this one so as to avoid any unnecessary mistake.


First, I'd like to make sure it's elligible to be added in the database. I'm pretty much sure it is, but better safe than sorry. In case more infos would be needed, it's a videogame compilation CD containing tracks from various videogames from the 90's, a few rock arranges, and a couple original songs. It's definitely a legit CD, as it was sold with one the most famous videogame magazines in France at that time (Player One).
I don't think it could be considered a bootleg, even if some of the music has been ripped without getting the rights (just an hypothesis, I know nothing about whether they got all the rights for the music they punblished or not) since there are at least some original material, and most of the tracks have been slightly edited.

Second thing, the tracks titles are quite peculiar, and usually differ a lot from what they are on some soundtracks.
Example provided, one of the tracks is THE DISCOLORED WALL by Michiru Yamane, on the Castlevania Rondo of Blood & Castlevania Bloodlines soundtracks. On this compilation, the track is called "Castlevania The New Generation MD (Konami) - Stage 1 level 1".
Should I input in the tracklist those track titles from the compilation as is, or get the "official" ones when available? I imagine it's better to keep them as they are on the release for which I'm making the tracklist, even if noticeably different, but I'd rather make sure before I do.

Still regarding the titles, a few of them, including the album title, are in French. Do I have to translate them as it would be done for releases in Japanese or can I simply put them untranslated as an English tracklist, like it's been done for this album, for example?



A last couple questions related to artist pages.

I believe we (read: new members) can create artist pages for units, but can't add or remove members to them without the help of a Trusted Editor (I think it's how it's called). I wanted to add a new one, and there's also one that is involved in the album I just talked about that I would have liked to add, so as to avoid any credits confusion, as one of the members of the unit has a name (alias) that differs by only two letters from the name of the unit itself. What should I do to get a Trusted Editor to add the missing infos to those artist pages?
I'm asking this in the event I might need to do it again, should I add other units that aren't in the artist database yet.

My second questions is about the alias feature. I noticed some artist pages have aliases listed in them that are written in white, which means, if I'm not wrong, that the corresponding artist page hasn't been created. However, the only way I found (explained on the forums) to add an alias to an artist page was to create an artist page with the alias name, then edit it to change it to an alias.
So, is there a way to add an alias to an artist page without having to create a new page for said alias?



Thanks in advance for clarifying those points.
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Old Aug 3, 2011, 08:23 PM
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It's eligible. In fact, it's already there:

http://vgmdb.net/album/5836

Looks like the titles are in English. If the titles for an album are in French, it's perfectly fine to translate the titles to create and English tracklist, but we also want the French tracklist.

Simple artist aliases can be added by linking an albums' artist to an artist page with a different name. The alias is automatically listed, but a separate page is not created. We only create the separate pages for aliases that are notable and distinct. These simple aliases can only be done by staff/editors though.

The page for this album doesn't have much artist info, so you could help to improve it. My advice is to explain the change you want to make in the discussion thread, if you need someone to do something you can't do.
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Old Aug 4, 2011, 06:14 AM
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Go me not noticing it was already there. A good thing I posted about it beforehand, haha.
Actually, tracks 5, 23 and bonus track have some French in them. Guess I'll add a French tracklist and do the few translation that is needed in there later.

I had forgot to talk about that 31st track, but since it's been added, the problem's half solved.
Track 31 doesn't exist as such on the CD. It starts after about 10 minutes on silence on the end of track 30 (kind like a hidden track, although this one has been listed in the tracklist).
I'll add something about it on the notes, but I was wondering what is usually done in such cases with hidden tracks that are listed on the tracklist nonetheless. Would it be better to:
-Post the tracklist as it is on the CD, thus displaying a track with a tracklength that includes both the silence and hidden track in it, then add information about the hidden track in the notes?
-Post the tracklist as it is on the CD case printed tracklist, ignoring the time of silence in between both tracks, and display a separate tracklength for each of them?


Anyways, I'll make sure to add some more infos on that page, and use the related discussion thread for further questions.
Half the tracks have a composer breakdown listed on the back cover, and I managed to get most credits for the other ones through personal research, although I don't have the sources for those anymore (I have all proper credits on the tags of my CD rip music files, as well as in a .doc, but that's about it).

And thanks for the reply!
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The tracklist needs to match what's on the CD in order for the freedb lookup to work correctly.
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