Originally Posted by Richard Crowley
... I am puzzled by the repeated mention of cross-fading. That seems like exactly what jnorman is trying to avoid.
Which is why I suggested that the OP start out by avoiding cross-fading. To me it feels like a cheat; though some software makers tout it as being useful for avoiding clicks at transition points. Personally, I'd prefer pencil-mode or fade-outs/fade-ins down at the single-sample level; but only if audible clicks threatened to be an issue.
The problem is that, although the OP may intend for all the tracks to be played in the same order, the CD listener may be using a random playback order or a five-disc changer or both. So each track needs to stand on its own. A traditional evening of live song performance often provides space to do this (the applause, room-silence, singer drawing a breath before the first note of the next song-cycle). 40 songs, though, probably means some unusual or very quick transitions from one song to the next. Sounds like an interesting piece to edit and master, though probably not nearly as trivial a task as some might assume.