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Subject: Re: Buddy's Master recordings Lost in 2008 Fire

Dale (Hi Frank)
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Date Posted: Wed June 12, 2019 15:35:44
In reply to: Frank 's message, "Re: Buddy's Master recordings Lost in 2008 Fire" on Wed June 12, 2019 03:40:23

You are quite correct. There are still some loose ends to be looked at.

According to one source, the Analogue Productions (2017) issue of the 1958 self titles album "Buddy Holly" was taken from the original master reel. Supposedly it had both tape splices between songs and Normans notes.
This is interesting in that if it was a duplicate (2nd generation) tape, it would not need splices, unless they wereinserted simply to indicate gaps between songs.

If we are to assume the N.Y. Times story is correct, and all the "true analogue tape masters" were destroyed, the new question becomes the storage location of the digital transfers made by S. H. in the mid 1980's. Hopefully they were not in the same facility. The second part of the question is: other than the 20 tracks on the 1986 compilation CD, how many other tracks in the entire catalog were transferred to digital at that time, and, did S.H. keep a digital (clone) copy of the entire catalog for safety, as many recording engineers do.

If it's all we can ever have now, I would be happy with new (very carefully mastered) vinyl versions of the 70 t0 80 most important songs, that are at least on par with the 1986 S.H. compilation.

Due to circumstances around the departure of S. H. from the employ of MCA, and the dispute between M.E.H. and MCA over increased royalties paid to Norman for making the first generation master tapes available, much of what we would like to know (and HEAR!) is still cloaked in fog.

It would be GREAT if this mess could be cleared up, and new
very high quality reissues made available, in time for the
grand opening of the fabulous Buddy Holly Center for the Performing Arts.

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