Many Artists Didn't Know Their Masters Were Lost In Universal Fire

A report in the “New York Times” earlier this week reveals that master recordings of thousands of legendary albums and songs were destroyed in a 2008 fire at Universal Hollywood Studios, and it seems some of the artists affected by the fire say they were in the dark about their destroyed works. 

R.E.M,which reportedly lost masters in the fire, took to Twitter to address the story, writing, “We are trying to get good information to find out what happened and the effect on the band’s music, if any. We will detail further as and when,” while a rep forHole, says the band was unaware that their tapes were destroyed. 

The Roots’ Questloveshared the “Times” piece on social media noting, “For everyone asking why ‘Do You Want More’ & ‘Illdelph Halflife’ wont get reissue treatment,” andSteely Dan’smanager said in a statement, “We have been aware of ‘missing’ original Steely Dan tapes for a long time now,” adding, “We’ve never been given a plausible explanation. Maybe they burned up in the big fire. In any case, it’s certainly a lost treasure.”

And when asked by a fan whetherNirvana’s“Nevermind” masters were lost,KristNovoselicsimply replied, “I think they are gone forever.”

  • Universalis disputingthe "Times" article, saying it contains “numerous inaccuracies, misleading statements, contradictions and fundamental misunderstandings of the scope of the incident and affected assets.”

Chris "also tall & plays bass" Rasmusstache@thankubassjesus
 ·Jun 11, 2019
Hey @KristNovoselic does this mean that just the Nevermind masters are gone? Assuming In Utero was safe since the reissue was after this: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/magazine/universal-fire-master-recordings.html …
Louis Armstrong, 1953.

The Day the Music Burned

It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — and almost nobody knew. This is the story of the 2008 Universal fire.
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Krist Novoselić✔@KristNovoselic
I think they are gone forever.
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Questlove De La Rose✔@questlove
For everyone asking why Do You Want More & Illdelph Halflife wont get reissue treatment https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/magazine/universal-fire-master-recordings.html …
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The Day the Music Burned

It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — and almost nobody knew. This is the story of the 2008 Universal fire.
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R.E.M. HQ✔@remhq
REMHQ is receiving inquiries from many people concerned about the New York Times article on the Universal Music fire 11 years ago. We are trying to get good information to find out what happened and the effect on the band’s music, if any. We will detail further as and when.
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