Year Attribute

When I’m encoding CDs I’m always amazed at how few of them come back with metadata from cddb that includes the year of recording. I always take care to read through the liners and find the year and key it in before I start encoding. But why do so many people leave it out when submitting to cddb? And why is the year that comes back so often wrong? (Like a 1997 Sun Ra collection of stuff from 1958 will say 1997). I can’t be the only person who considers the year important. How else do you make era-based playlists? Music happens and evolves on a continuum. The year is as important to know as the genre. I hate this sloppy attitude toward music history.

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