I edited all my albums to my personal taste and mostly according to discogs data. I spent a lot of hours in doing so, but again, roon thinks it could mess this all up. Today I found that Mr. Frank Zappa is not available in the database. roon converted all entries to “Mothers of Invention” and merged FZ with the Mothers into one entry in my data.
This is also true for all albums which are definitely FZ albums and not Mothers. All compositions are now also converted to the Mothers. I have all composers properly added into the file metadata (and there is - of course - still FZ and not the Mothers).
WHEN WILL YOU GUYS STOP MESSING UP WELL EDITED DATA???
This isn’t the first time roon provides a lot of messed up into the clients data and my finding about FZ is more randomly as I wanted to listen to one album. Unfortunately I do have a lifetime license, otherwise this would be it…
Actually, your import settings screenshots do matter. Well, I should clarify that they only matter if you’d like help with your issue.
Providing the necessary information is paramount. The attitude that you also included is not, you can leave that out in the future. If you’d like assistance with your report, please edit the template and include the requested information - complete with screenshots.
If you’ve set your metadata preferences correctly, what you’ve described shouldn’t be happening. The screenshots will help us immensely.
@jamie Yes, it was inappropriate, but as said, I have spent so many hours in getting my data and images right and then with “a new version of the database was installed”, I can nearly always see messed up album data. This is very annoying.
I understand your frustration Ralf, but this doesn’t appear to be a Roon issue. It looks like it’s being caused by your file tags.
Frank Zappa & the Mothers is not an authorized alias for Frank Zappa in our database. We use Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention. And Roon hasn’t replaced Frank Zappa with an alternate name. When I search for Frank, this is what I see.
I didn’t change anything since some time on any Zappa related stuff. In the past I had a tag for „Frank Zappa“ and one for „The Mothers of Invention“. This worked all the time until I noticed this issue today. Also I cannot get any FZ from the data.
I have this same issue. My settings are almost exactly the same as yours @Ralf_Karpa. I use JRiver for tagging and Discogs for info. My stuff gets changed all the time somehow. Can not figure out why. There are others with this issue. What I started doing is listing all Genres and then how many artists are under each genre. I check it once a week. There are always some that have changed. I find out that a random artist just gets added to primary artist. My latest example would be Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis. Gil Evans appeared as a primary artist even though I only have Miles as artist in my metadata and also using ‘prefer file’.
Hi @Ralf_Karpa. Is it possible that somehow your Frank Zappa artist and your Mothers of Invention artist have been merged? It’s a bit of a long shot but I can reproduce exactly what you describe by merging these two artists.
All that roon offers is “Frank Zappa & the Mothers”. In fact in my roon I am offered no less than 7 Qobuz “Frank Zappa & the Mothers” albums quite distinct from any Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention albums. Maybe there are more on Tidal.
If I go to Settings → Library → Un-merge artists, then I can unmerge “Frank Zappa” and “The Mothers of Invention” and everything goes back to normal. Does this work for you? If it does I do not know why Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention were merged.
I do a tons of merges in the my data but I am 99,9% sure that I never touched that one. I merged “The Mothers of Invention” with “Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention”, definitely, but not FZ with them. I don’t think this can be triggered by roon, however, I am not sure about that.
Whatever happened, I probably will never find out. Although, it would be great if roon would provide a sort of “change log” when data in my library is being altered, be it changed, added or whatever could happen to the database. It would be similar to what discogs provides when you have added an album to the library. Whenever a change affects that particular version of the album, you can see that change. It is just for information and cannot be changed, but at least the users would know.
I think a lot of problems are caused by the rules with which roon is treating artists, album artists and primary artists.
For example, in general I want roon to populate my artist tags. It is not ideal, because roon seems to be using multiple artist metadata sources that it does not equivalence, but after a lot of trial and error I have set all the performer, composer and ensemble credits to “merge roon and file”. That I find, is the least “grooming” for me personally.
On the other hand I prefer a simple uncluttered album view so I want control over album artists and have set them to “prefer file”. However, roon doesn’t seem to work that way. This is particularly annoying with Opera where recently roon has added sometimes 10 or more unwanted primary artist links to my album views. This is effecting hundreds of Opera albums although many other albums are effected but just in smaller ways. So for example:
This is clearly not happening and leads to a great deal of frustration on the part of roon users (perhaps much more than we know) or other users using the nuclear option of switching off all roon tag population and reverting to tagging by hand.
I also experienced exactly this quite recently, and it is really infuriating having it just appear without any prior warning. I don’t care about adding primary artists too much, so long as it doesn’t change the selected album artist for sort purposes. But it does.
I thought I saw in another thread an admission that these changes are an unintended consequence of work Roon is doing behind the scenes to prepare for some future change.