Years in Focus - which date category is used?

Set a focus to listen to Jazz 5 Stars Albums without 40s and 50s.
Below is the screenshot. However Roon plays albums recorded in the 40s and 50s. Is the years focus related to release date? If so does this make sense, or shouldn’t it better be selectable which kind of date one wants to focus on?


Unfortunately, there has been no response from roon staff. I suspect that the reason that Release Date and not Recording Date is the date used in Focus is that Release Date is a property of Albums where Recording Date is more a property of tracks (an album can have but one release date while being composed of tracks recorded on many different dates) and roon is very - some might think excesively - album oriented.

Roon may be excessively Album oriented, but the main reason for that is that the metadata is excessively Album oriented. Roon doesn’t create metadata, it sources it and aggregates it. Music publishers create metadata and are mostly hopeless at it because it is regarded as an unnecessary frill rather than an integral part of publication that justifies their copyright fees.

Thanks @Stan_Jones and @andybob for reply.

Nevertheless, each album shows recordings dates in the album view.
So the metadata are existing. It’s just a question of willing to analyze within years focus. By the way, there’s also a focus function on tracks see screenshot below - using album release date here is even more useless.

That’s why I flag @support here.

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Agree @NOA. Focus needs to be able to use ‘recording date’ to be useful. Focusing on ‘Release Date’ makes for a terrible listening experience for a number of reasons including:

  • Focusing on recent music means you may get lots of old music among it, which is very confusing and obvious to listeners.
  • Focusing on old eras will miss the opportunity to play music from that era from albums released recently with old recorded song on it.

Has this been raised with @support or has any official response to this been provided?

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Feel free to add your voice to the according feature request:



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thanks BlackJack!

Not that roon is perfect, but have you thought about the problem of sorting an album by recodring date when the album has multiple recording dates? For example, which date would you use for the Mingus group’s album I Am Three?

Tracks 1, 6, 10 recorded October 10, 2004
Tracks 3 & 8 recorded November 6, 2004
Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 recorded November 7, 2004

And it’s not even the case that the tracks would have been recorded as close together as those on I Am Three. The dates on Sonny Rollins first Road Show album range from 1980 to 2007.

So it isn’t enough to say roon should add album sorting by recording date, you need to explain how to do it when the album has various, wide-ranging dates.

For me personally, I would prefer to use the earliest (eldest) recording date, as this is the ‘start’ of a new album by that artist.
In your example: October 10, 2004 (tracks 1,6, 10).

Of course, your preference can be completely different from mine


While this might work for the I Am Three album, it would seriously mis-represent the Sonny Rollins I mentioned and would be even worse with a compilation disc, such as the Complete Webern which has different groups, all of whom recorded at quite different times.