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  1. 2008 Universal Fire - How many ARGO masters BURNED UP?

    I would imagine that the legacy artists that had their tapes destroyed and are just now finding out are not too happy. If they were not informed and Universal was negligent in allowing the fire to happen, it's lawsuit time. I would imagine share holders are not happy either. I wonder if Universal stock will be impacted and what kind of damage control Universal will attempt. I wonder if Universal collected a huge payday from the insurance company for the lost master tapes while concurrently lying to their shareholders and recording artists about the extent of the loss.
  2. John Coltrane Impulse masters destroyed?

    I got the impression that a lot of the Impulse source tapes that Cuscuna used for the 1990s and 2000s CD reissues were from LP production master tapes. So they would be at least a generation removed from the session reels. Maybe the session tapes were already gone before the 2008 fire and what burned up were the 2nd gen LP production masters used for the CD reissues?
  3. 2008 Universal Fire - How many ARGO masters BURNED UP?

    It's amazing that most of John Coltrane's Impulse master tapes were destroyed by the 2008 fire and it took the media 11 years to call B.S. on Universal's spin job.
  4. I've been posting about this fire for years!! Great to see the NY Times step up to the plate and call out Universal for making false statements to their share holders, artists and consumers.
  5. John Coltrane Impulse masters destroyed?

    It's amazing that most of John Coltrane's Impulse master tapes (among those of many other artists) were destroyed by the 2008 fire and it took the media 11 years to call B.S. on Universal's spin job. Think of all the unreleased outtakes and alternates lost to the ages. The Universal CEO back in 2008 said "nothing irreplaceable was lost."
  6. John Coltrane Impulse masters destroyed?

    Anyone read this New York Times report published this week about the 2008 Universal Fire? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/magazine/universal-fire-master-recordings.html It's titled The Day The Music Burned. Among the incinerated Decca masters were recordings by titanic figures in American music: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland. The tape masters for Billie Holiday’s Decca catalog were most likely lost in total. The Decca masters also included recordings by such greats as Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five and Patsy Cline. The fire most likely claimed most of Chuck Berry’s Chess masters and multitrack masters, a body of work that constitutes Berry’s greatest recordings. The destroyed Chess masters encompassed nearly everything else recorded for the label and its subsidiaries, including most of the Chess output of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Little Walter. Also very likely lost were master tapes of the first commercially released material by Aretha Franklin, recorded when she was a young teenager performing in the church services of her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, who made dozens of albums for Chess and its sublabels. Virtually all of Buddy Holly’s masters were lost in the fire. Most of John Coltrane’s Impulse masters were lost, as were masters for treasured Impulse releases by Ellington, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders and other jazz greats. Also apparently destroyed were the masters for dozens of canonical hit singles, including Bill Haley and His Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock,” Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats’ “Rocket 88,” Bo Diddley’s “Bo Diddley/I’m A Man,” Etta James’s “At Last,” the Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie” and the Impressions’ “People Get Ready.” The list of destroyed single and album masters takes in titles by dozens of legendary artists, a genre-spanning who’s who of 20th- and 21st-century popular music. It includes recordings by Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, the Andrews Sisters, the Ink Spots, the Mills Brothers, Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Clara Ward, Sammy Davis Jr., Les Paul, Fats Domino, Big Mama Thornton, Burl Ives, the Weavers, Kitty Wells, Ernest Tubb, Lefty Frizzell, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Bobby (Blue) Bland, B.B. King, Ike Turner, the Four Tops, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Joan Baez, Neil Diamond, Sonny and Cher, the Mamas and the Papas, Joni Mitchell, Captain Beefheart, Cat Stevens, the Carpenters, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Al Green, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffett, the Eagles, Don Henley, Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Iggy Pop, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Barry White, Patti LaBelle, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Police, Sting, George Strait, Steve Earle, R.E.M., Janet Jackson, Eric B. and Rakim, New Edition, Bobby Brown, Guns N’ Roses, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Sonic Youth, No Doubt, Nine Inch Nails, Snoop Dogg, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Hole, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Tupac Shakur, Eminem, 50 Cent and the Roots.
  7. 2008 Universal Fire - How many ARGO masters BURNED UP?

    Finally. Check out this 2019 New York Times report on the 2008 fire. They are kickin' ass and takin' names! https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/magazine/universal-fire-master-recordings.html
  8. Jack Wilson, Pianist

    The Moon Mist / Day Dream / Lush Life / Take The A Train medley is phenomenal!
  9. Jack Wilson, Pianist

    Great job and superb recording! Were any additional Wilson songs or sets recorded beyond what is on the album on iTunes?
  10. Jack Wilson, Pianist

    I've enjoyed your recording of Jack from the 1987 live gig in Canada. Can you talk about the recording process? Nice stereo mic'ing on the piano. Jack's playing is great. Was it recorded to digital or analog? Multi-track or direct to stereo two track?
  11. (RIP) Is Jack Wilson (Atlantic & Blue Note 60s pianist) dead?

    Check this out! Looks like Zev Feldman (of Resonance Records) is joining Blue Note. Maybe he can investigate the 1970 Jack Wilson Blue Note live recordings at Memory Lane? https://variety.com/2019/music/news/zev-feldman-blue-note-jazz-don-was-1203101919/ Excerpt below from January 2019 Variety article: Archival Music Producer Zev Feldman, the ‘Jazz Detective,’ Takes on New Blue Note Role (EXCLUSIVE) "The archival record producer who’s picked up the nickname “the Jazz Detective” is going to be putting his gumshoe skills to work for the genre’s most storied label. Zev Feldman, possibly the most widely admired archival producer working in the jazz field today, has a new gig at Blue Note Records, where he’ll work closely with label president Don Was, Variety can exclusively reveal. While the Blue Note vaults have been mined extensively over the last 30 years — with efforts largely directed by Michael Cuscuna, who similarly operated his own catalog label Mosaic Records while serving as a consultant — Feldman will focus on excavating hitherto unreleased music by Blue Note artists. The first fruits of Feldman’s detective work for Blue Note have yet to be announced, but they’ll dovetail neatly with an extensive 80th anniversary catalog campaign for the label, which kicks off in February with high-end audiophile reissues of titles by Wayne Shorter and Chick Corea, overseen by producer Joe “Tone Poet” Harley. “I have a whole list of projects I’m preparing for them right now,” Feldman says. “We’re just getting started here. I met with Don and Justin just before the break, and I had a list of 21 or 22 different projects. … I wanted to land on my feet running."
  12. (RIP) Is Jack Wilson (Atlantic & Blue Note 60s pianist) dead?

    Is there a way to determine if Blue Note live tapes still exist? Anyone here know Cuscuna?
  13. (RIP) Is Jack Wilson (Atlantic & Blue Note 60s pianist) dead?

    Any idea if the live 1970 Blue Note Memory Lane Los Angeles recordings survive in the EMI archives? Has MICHAEL CUSCUNA ever commented on these unreleased Wilson Blue Note live recordings?
  14. Jack Wilson: Call Me - Jazz From The Penthouse

    I don't think Fresh Sound Spain puts out legal releases of Vault (or other US labels like Argo / Cadet). They sound like they use needle drops from LPs or dubs from commercially produced 3 3/4" or 7 1/2" ips consumer pre-recorded reel to reel tapes. Check this out: Per this Amazon listing, the mysterious company "Essential Media Group LLC" has also reissued "Ramblin'" as a download. Note the cover image below with the Essential Media Group logo on the left and marketing copy claiming it has been "digitally remastered." What is this Essential Media Group stuff? A legitimate release or a bootleg? Someone should investigate and get to the bottom of this in case Jack Wilson's widow and/or Rhino/Warner are being cheated out of royalties from these sales. Greg Lewerke, son of Vault founder, claims Rhino / Warner own the Vault masters. If that's the case, why is only Essential Media Group credited on their digital releases of Jack's Vault albums? Looks like Amazon is selling the digital files as downloads or offering CD-Rs of what Essential Media Group LLC published back in 2011. I wonder if Essential Media Group did another needle drop for Ramblin' -- or if they just bootlegged the Fresh Sound Spain CD (which itself is apparently needle drop or 3 3/4 reel to reel bootleg dub). Are the track times of the Essential Media Group reissue identical to the Fresh Sound reissue? If so, that could indicate they copied the Fresh Sound (needle drop?) digital files. See here: https://www.amazon.com/Ramblin-Digitally-Remastered-Quartet-Featuring/dp/B0050DOQZ2 Product details Audio CD (May 11, 2011) Number of Discs: 1 Label: Essential Media Group Run Time: 43 minutes ASIN: B0050DOQZ2
  15. Jack Wilson: Call Me - Jazz From The Penthouse

    Greg Lewerke, the original Vault owner's son, said the Vault masters belong to Warner Brothers / Rhino.