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    Compilations - appearance in the LMS interface

    I performed the obligatory search for this question but I found answers dating back 10 years that I thought MIGHT be incorrect now?

    What's the best way to tag compilation albums (FLAC, MP3, and a few other formats) so that in the LMS interface they appear as <Various or anything similar> - <album title> ?

    What are the best settings in LMS 8.1.2 to achieve this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimzak View Post
    I performed the obligatory search for this question but I found answers dating back 10 years that I thought MIGHT be incorrect now?

    What's the best way to tag compilation albums (FLAC, MP3, and a few other formats) so that in the LMS interface they appear as <Various or anything similar> - <album title> ?

    What are the best settings in LMS 8.1.2 to achieve this?

    Thanks.
    I set “COMPILATION =1” in file tag. I mostly leave ALBUM ARTIST blank. The handling hasn’t changed in 10 years, so old posts still relevant.
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    anything else?

    Quote Originally Posted by garym View Post
    I set “COMPILATION =1” in file tag. I mostly leave ALBUM ARTIST blank. The handling hasn’t changed in 10 years, so old posts still relevant.
    Are there additional settings in LMS?

    I would rather NOT have all the artists in the compilation appear at the top of the interface as shown.

    Thanks.

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    Sorry. Not sure. Not that I’ve tried.
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    Have a look in the Ripping, Encoding & Tagging section of the site. Lots of discussion on this subject there
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    All my tracks have an Artist tag.

    I don't use the Album Artist tag, all completely blank.

    I don't use the Compilation tag, not "1" or "0", all completely blank.

    In LMS any album that doesn't have all the tracks with the same Artist tag is classed as a compilation. That's fine by me, it doesn't bother me one jot. I don't browse by compilation.

    I changed "Various "Artists" to "(compilation)" at LMS > Settings > My Music tab > (below)

    This is what I see when I browse to a compilation Album at > Home > New Music > Album xxx. (below)

    And what I see when I browse to Home > New Music, if it's a compilation album. (below)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimzak View Post
    I would rather NOT have all the artists in the compilation appear at the top of the interface as shown.
    You might try setting ALBUMARTIST to "Various Artists".

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    thanks

    I duplicated the settings from @kidstypike and everything fell into line.

    Thanks.

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    see my sig links.

    i put one CD per folder only.
    i use AA tags on everything.
    i put a comp=1 tag on only those things i want identified as a comp. no comp=0 tags.
    i change the default value in settings of denoting comps as "Various Artists" to "-Various Artists-" bc of a nasty bug in LMS where any string conflict with the value of that setting in any AA or A tag value (and possibly others) results in that entry being hidden by LMS (in at least some parts of the UI)

    with comps and LMS, its important to remember its a two part process... the first being in how LMS identifies comps, the second being in how it then handles them once identified.
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    http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.ph..._Artists_logic & http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/Compilations

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