How To: Add A Release To A Master Release


I made a new post that covers this with more recent images and more information! Check it out!

I figured I’d start a How To for one of the questions I get asked the most: how to add an existing release to a master release.

Suppose you’ve added your release to the website. It should show up on the artist page like this:

Next, what you want to do is copy the release number of the release you just added.

From here, go to the master release and hit edit:

Then Edit Master Release:

From here, add your release number to the bottom of the list, then hit preview:

And finally, save changes and you’re done!

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  • Oct 27,2020 at 02:00

    Now can you please explain how to unlink a release from a master release when the master and the linked release have almost nothing in common? As is the case with Ladd’s Black Aces on London and Bateau Chinois, both compilations but with very few tracks in common and certainly not in the same order or with the same number of tracks.

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    Thanks for this 🙏.

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  • May 8,2017 at 20:22

    Very helpful, many thanks!

  • Apr 28,2017 at 23:33

    Thanks very much this clear instruction! Made my day :-)

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  • Oct 22,2016 at 15:06

    Lovely, clear guide. Many thanks!

  • Dec 5,2015 at 04:31

    Thank you so much!

  • Nov 4,2015 at 14:40

    Thank You! :)

  • Nov 4,2015 at 14:25

    Thanks for helping me out of the problem!

  • Oct 29,2015 at 13:09

    Thanks for the full, short, concise and understandable information..

  • Sep 5,2015 at 01:15

    Many thanks. This was most helpful!

  • Aug 8,2015 at 12:01

    I read this tutorial too late! very smart!

  • Jun 2,2015 at 17:04

    Thanks for your help!!!

  • Apr 18,2015 at 17:40

    thanks for help
    “Error: This list contains too few releases.”
    i can’t create master release
    and i can’t edit release
    ” This release has been selected for deletion and cannot be updated right now. Please view the history page for details.”

    i hope this release will be removed soon ?. it is always here

    i create another release without problem i add (8) on the name artiste.
    thanks for help

  • Mar 4,2015 at 08:48

    I just created a variant listing (for a cassette edition of a release), and then realized that the existing listing (for a CD version) is not a master, so for the moment, there are two separate listings. It turns out the cassette is from 1978, and the CD is from 1990, so perhaps this suggests the cassette should be made the master, and the CD added to that? Thanks in advance for any advice on this!

  • Jan 14,2015 at 12:28

    Thank you, at last i know what to do

  • Dec 21,2014 at 12:08

    great! thanks for the excellent guide!

  • Dec 6,2014 at 13:22

    Very clear and helpful, however I am wondering if Discogs could also streamline the process for the picture… am I supposed to download it from somewhere else to my computer and then upload it to Discogs? Wouldn’t it be easier to assign the same one as appears on the master release already (which I guess it is the case with 95% of the releases)? Thanks

  • Nov 17,2014 at 00:54

    Thank you for this tip!!!!

  • Oct 25,2014 at 19:55

    Thank you. That was way clearer than anything on the official Discogs Help pages.

  • Oct 8,2014 at 15:28

    Great, very nice. Thx.

  • Sep 21,2014 at 23:06

    Excleeent. Thanks!

  • Jul 21,2014 at 14:38

    A useful blog – since I was recently struggling with this…

  • May 27,2014 at 17:33

    Very nice!!!

  • Apr 27,2014 at 17:07

    great, works perfectly, thnaks!!!

  • Mar 19,2014 at 19:00

    worked like a charm for me!

  • Mar 14,2014 at 18:05

    thanx, perfect guiding here!

  • Feb 21,2014 at 22:31

    Very straightforward and helpful – cheers!

  • Jan 13,2014 at 05:52

    Creating a Master Release is even easier: on the left side of an artist release page click on “Create Master Release”. Then tick the boxes of the 2 or more similar releases you want on that MR. And it’s done.

  • Jan 12,2014 at 10:34

    Now im having trobles with adding to a master release wich not yet created . This went complicated .

  • Dec 29,2013 at 16:08

    can you use an existing release as a template for a reissue?

  • Dec 4,2013 at 02:20

    Thank you! Very easy to understand. 5 minutes and I had my version added.

  • Nov 18,2013 at 14:27

    Hi, I agree with Paul_McCartney above, I had to make a lot of searching in the forums on this matter too!

  • Nov 15,2013 at 05:52

    Wow, thanks.. Very good, helped a lot

  • Nov 13,2013 at 14:06

    Hello, I’m knew to Discogs and I’m wondering why this technique to add a different version of an album under the Master Release is that complicated and why it is that hard to find the method to do it on the site. As a new user, I find it very frustrating to have to search in the forums to find a very basic notion like this. I think it would be useful for new users to explain it in the Quick Start Guide. I’m just trying to make a constructive comment here. Thank you.

  • Oct 14,2013 at 22:00

    Is this the method used to copy an LP release, change it and save it as a CD release, without altering the original release?

  • Sep 26,2013 at 16:15

    Works like a charm! Thank you so much!

  • Jun 15,2013 at 19:56

    Thanks for the clear assistance!

  • Jun 9,2013 at 03:47

    the release number appears at the end of the release page’s address, in the url bar of your browser.
    the release number will also appear on the right hand column of the release page, displayed as [r######]. copy the numbers without the parentheses or the letter r.

  • Jun 7,2013 at 18:54

    Sounds great, but where can I find the release number ?

  • Feb 20,2013 at 20:37


  • Feb 16,2013 at 08:51

    thanks,man really cool!

  • Jan 16,2013 at 04:13

    Thank you! Much more helpful than the guidelines.

  • Dec 10,2012 at 16:31

    Cool! Really helpful. I never understood how to do this before….

  • Dec 10,2012 at 13:03

    Oh yeah i just used this method and it worked like a charm , very easy

  • Dec 5,2012 at 18:39

    The “artist page method” is still slightly buggy, and also confusing because the list of releases on artist pages doesn’t update immediately after you’ve edited the MR. So for novices, the “paste release number” method is likely the most safe.

  • Dec 4,2012 at 19:05

    how about showing the other method (direct from the artist page) as well as creating a master release from scratch (also from the artist page).

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