Simplest for me is to rip the whole album as one wav file + cue files, apply normalization and/or compression as preferred, and afterwards do with it whatever you want.
I don't want to just normalize a bunch of tracks to 0dB - I want to permanently amplify an entire album by the same amount, so the highest peak of that album is 0db, yet ambient filler tracks and such are amplified to the same level so it all melds together smoothly.
Makes it a bit annoying when it shuffles to and from on the iPod, I have to turn it up and then get blasted by the next song if I forget to turn it down.
Makes it a bit annoying when it shuffles to and from on the iPod...
...this seems like pretty poor normalisation for a MFSL CD.
You'll either want to use it as your player and have it manage playback level from tags or you'll want to use it to scale albums prior to encoding to the destination format of your choice.
I used to use Mp3Gain, but prescaling was much faster amongst other reasons.