ITunes reads ID3 Tag Improperly

I've just spent my afternoon naming 1,881 mp3s that I loaded up on my computer from old cd's that weren't in any music database and I named all the files properly. As soon as I loaded the songs into iTunes the artist switched to "various" and everything else is fine. When I get properties on the file, all the information is there. Why doesn't iTunes pick it up?
I'm using the latest version 6.0.1 and the ID3 tags are in version 2.2

My mistake, according to this topic, it is apparently the "Sound Check" feature that is adding the random numbers to your Comments field, coupled with already-dodgy ID3 tags.
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=1820078&#1820078

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