By the way, much of the booklet text for this box set is online here:
The set seems to be buyable as lossy downloads at iTunes, plus used copies abound.
-- Tom Fine
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Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2016 8:45 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] A case in point why CDText should have been used for metadata from Day 1
> The 1995 Smithsonian collection "Big Band Renaissance: the Evolution of the Jazz Orchestra" is a
> great example of group-source metadata FUBAR. dBPowerAmp's CD ripper program allows use of
> multiple metadata sources, and by default does some sort of amalgam of whatever sources you've
> told it to check. The amalgam on this set is comical! So I manually checked metadata from each
> source. They are all different, and only GD3 (whatever that is) is anywhere near accurate. I find
> this often happens with compilations -- for instance freedB and/or AllMusic will have different
> top-level stuff like titles and whether or not it's a compilation for different individual CDs in
> the same box set.
> All of this could have been prevented if the industry embraced CDText from the get-go and agreed
> on uniform naming standards for artists and song titles. I remember the arguments back in the
> 80's -- it's hard enough to enter PQ codes into these balky Sony editing systems, and no CD
> players have displays for CDText, so why bother. Very short-sighted. The net-net today is that
> anyone who wants uniform naming and accurate information in a digital library has to spend a lot
> of time editing the crappy metadata that's out there in group-source land. And, copyright owners
> have ceded control of their metadata to a group-source no-QC cluter-you-know-what.
> -- Tom Fine