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  1. Ripping the Membran JATP box

    I got the Membran JATP box on Saturday and listened to most of it on Sunday. I decided to rip the lot to my hard drive and sort it out into the original albums, which I think will make it easier for me to absorb all that stuff. So, about ten AM yesterday, I started ripping. Oh Lord! I’ve complained about the work needed following ripping, but this was ridiculous! Each disc, as I ripped it, was assigned to some completely different album, so everything was wrong. Except for the last disc, which came out correct for some strange reason. This is what the database decided I was ripping: disc 1 JATP in Tokyo disc 2 JATP The Montreux collection disc 3 Buck Clayton Copenhagen concert disc 4 JATP Perdido disc 5 Billie Holiday Star power disc 6 Roy Eldridge What it's all about disc 7 Charlie Parker 1946 JATP concert disc 8 Hawkins Eldridge Hodges alive disc 9 The legendary big bands - Krupa, H James, Basie disc 10 correct - JATP all stars feat Roy Eldridge !!!!!! None of these incorrect assignments was entirely irrelevant. Disc 7 had the right session, for the most part, but a different issue, with loads of other material. That was the case with one or two other discs. So I spent ages, after the rips were all done, working out which the correct titles were and changing the file names, then sorting the stuff out into albums, then re-tagging everything. I got all the discographies nice and lined up and Googled for the correct album art. By then it was six PM, so I got dinner and, still in the dining room looking after the dog (and without my external hard drives, so I couldn’t back it all up), started putting the art work into the files. After a few goes, I noticed that there were some albums with tracks missing. I must have done something, though I’m not really sure. I checked the albums I hadn’t yet got around to and some of them had items missing, too. Anyway, I couldn’t find the bloody things. They hadn’t been deleted, because the waste basket was empty. But they weren’t ANYWHERE in my music folders. I thought I remembered that, when I’d moved the ripped tracks to the new album folders, I’d sometimes by mistake copied them, so I went back to the original folders WMP puts the rips into. And there were all the missing tracks! All with their original file names and original tags. That was why I couldn’t find those tracks – I was looking for the new filenames. BUT some of the tracks contained the new album art I’d put on after dinner. So these weren’t the original tracks I’d left lying around in the original folder – they were tracks I’d altered already. And had been moved and the original titles and tags reinstated while I was adding album art. How could that happen? I’ve no idea, but I had a few choice things to say to my computer Anyway, I had about 15-20 tracks to redo. I did them finished putting on the album art (with no repeat of the incident) then added the discographies to each folder. By that time, it was nearly ten o’clock – twelve hours (less meal breaks) since I’d started! So, if you buy this box (and I think there’s a little material in there that isn’t in the Verve box – an album that only came out on Stinson) think twice before you start to rip it. It’ll save time if you disconnect from the internet first. The internet is not ALWAYS your friend MG