"The paper of record", indeed!
LOL! And it only took the New York Times ELEVEN YEARS to report on it!Cheap shot. Did you read the article? Universal made every effort to conceal the extent of the damage. NYT got this story the hard way - mostly through court records and first-hand sources. More details here.
If NYT hadn’t reported this story, you still wouldn’t know what happened. That the newspaper didn’t allow orchestrated deception and the passage of time to conceal the truth is to its credit, not its shame.
Actually, no cleeds, if the OP hadn’t posted it then I would still not know.
Remasters, yyzsantabarbara, Universal or otherwise, are such crap I never buy them any more.
With music the sad yet fascinating truth is the best most faithful record of this music is on the vinyl that has already been pressed. This is because, while it is technically true that the very best version is on those gone forever master tapes, the very real reality is none of us will ever experience that. The only chance we have of hearing this music is to buy a record. Which unfortunately it seems they never, ever manage to remaster anything any good, and hardly ever even manage to reissue (ie press more copies) that are as good as the original run pressings. It does sometimes happen but very much the exception not the rule.
Because of this those of us who really want the best pressings of the best recordings have just one option: BetterRecords.com
The bad news is the price. The good news is they actually exist. You can still get them. Unlike the burned master tapes, which while they did once technically exist in practice it did not matter because no one was ever going to hear them anyway.
Which think about it. Here you have just one guy, a very well-read but otherwise ordinary audiophile, and he is able without any "reporting" whatsoever off the top of his head able to inform you better than the NYT. Better, and more accurately. Granted, I never won a Pulitzer. Also never was proven to have lied to win one, unlike all the Times reporters from Walter Duranty https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Duranty to Jayson Blair https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayson_Blair to Ali Watkins https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2018/07/03/new-york-times-ali-watkins-made-some-...
Which is why oregonpapa and I laugh derisively at the NYT.
I’ve known for years the NYT was awful. But eleven years late to the fire? Literally late to the fire. And even then they got the story wrong.
Here you have just one guy, a very well-read but otherwise ordinary audiophile, and he is able without any "reporting" whatsoever off the top of his head able to inform you better than the NYT.I’m not aware of any one person - no matter how smart or talented - who can inform me "better than the NYT." Neither is there any one person who has worked so diligently to protect the public; see Times v. Sullivan, for example.
But I understand many put their faith in Fox News and sources even worse than it. That has always been the case.
Sure, the Times gets it wrong sometimes. That’s because it is comprised of humans who actually work at something bigger than themselves. Humans, you know, are fallible.
How pathetic. First a predictable, Pavlovian, right wing knee jerk reaction and then a another, predictable deflection.
And despite all the blather about the NYT, they sure came in handy with the lies they reprinted verbatim from the Bush administration in the lead up to the Iraq war and they sat on the story of the Bush administration illegally spying on all Americans until after the election.
Thank goodness the Gray Lady is still a paper of record but they still step on stories they shouldn’t and have a strange conservative strain that leads to repeated retractions, omissions and some very biased headlines and stories.
All the best,
A lesson to all current and future musicians:
Record all your masters direct to high resolution digital of at least 24Bit/96KHz, use Master Source (MS) coding for the tracking of provenance from the MS to the commercially delivered format and store them on this nonflammable, non-dynamic range limiting up to 150db, non-deteriorating and low distortion format that will sound exactly as pristine decades or more from now as it did when recorded. These masters also allow unlimited exact copying and delivery of literally master-quality music files to consumers for purchase,playback and enjoyment.
Here's more details on the subject and requirements:
The Times' Walter Duranty won a Pulitzer for writing about the amazing success and perfect future that awaits us all under communism, while hiding the fact of millions being starved to death in the Ukraine.
If lying to promote evil is what it takes to win a Pulitzer you can include me out. If publishing lies to promote evil isn't the enemy of the people then maybe cleeds or steakster you can tell me what it takes.
A few years ago the Times ran a "fashion" special with full page spreads devoted to showing us all just how glamorous a burka can be.
The starvation of millions. The subjugation of women. This is what you're defending.
You simply gloss over what’s been said and just keep on trucking. A couple of examples do not make for the totality of record. One can, however, go to any site you regularly visit and have a field day fact checking them and come to the conclusion that they are the polar opposite of proper journalism.
You can do it half in your bottle of choice and still come away with the correct perception that they are propaganda, conjecture, and whitewashed lies pretending to be journalism. If it wasn’t for the internet, they wouldn’t be able to put out anything for mass consumption. The internet makes it easy for even you to come up with your own site and have at it.
These sites are like People or Us magazine, for the addel brained. You know, for those who don’t like to read.
All the best,
OP: Thanks for posting a link to this article. It’s incredibly sad that these priceless treasures from American music are lost forever. This feature article is very comprehensive about the loss and its historical significance. These recording masters represented a true American legacy.
Via the Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC, the U.S. provides a sanctuary for learning and appreciating the achievements of others who came before us. Every year, tens of millions of visitors from around the world peruse the contents of these buildings around the mall. IMHO, the loss of Bldg 6197 is tantamount to losing one of the warehouses for the Smithsonian in a fire.
In my extensive travels around the world for 25 years as a documentary cinematographer, people everywhere showed their love for American music. It was and continues to be a common bond that allows people to share and enjoy together. Singing, dancing, partying. Celebrating an art form is so much better than inciting fear and hate.
In this article, the author asks, “Why are we only finding about this now?” He then proceeds to explain why. It took a lot of effort on his part to put it all together. As always, better later - than never. Yet, some people prefer to shoot the messenger, and ignore the message. Very sad, indeed.
Thanks for the article. Good reporting by a truly great newspaper.
Just a reminder, here's one of the NYT's best:
That New York Times link, actually both of them, are in some private mode and cannot be read without logging in.
This particular thread started as an info about what could be of interest to people on this website. Thank you yyzsantabarbara.
It is getting a little sick that any thread about pretty much anything becomes some "communism vs. us" non-sense.
fred60According to this chart, from March 2017 to March 2019, the NYT quarterly revenue increased by $41 million to $439 million/quarter. Seems like a fairly profitable capitalist venture. Don’t progressives prefer to lose money?
fred60Has the Russian troll farm infiltrated Audiogon? 😮
Or just another Fox News viewer?
Thanks for sharing the article about the lost music. A real cultural loss—I suppose those of us who have vinyls of those recordings do have an important artifact. Unfortunately, with all of the unreleased music, we will never know what was lost and how much beauty disappeared from the world on that day.
For those who went political, I offer you a few questions to ponder on your own dime and your own time: what benefit, psychic or otherwise (certainty, adrenaline release, proud anger), do you receive from forcing a story about lost music into your political worldview? And what costs (feelings of anger, self-righteousness, agita) do you incur? On balance, is your benefit greater than your cost? And why do you think It is acceptable behavior to force the rest of us to take part in your own internal drama?
Please understand-politics matter. Yet when I want political analysis, I don’t turn to A-gon and I am deeply disinterested in opinions that show up here, left, right or center.
I am here for things music and the devices that reproduce it. When things turn political, it means the purpose of this forum is debased, while the political discussions on a music site will of necessity also be limited. Important topics, but the wrong locale. It seems sadly unfair to force those of us here on a music forum to have to weed through off topic posts.
Might it be possible for those who care deeply about music and politics find separate fora where they can enjoy the appropriate community for each endeavor?
I would appreciate it if you could give my request some consideration.
Thank you. Well said. I’m tired of the political drivel that has shown up on Audiogon. If I want that kind of soapbox I can watch MSNBC, FoxNews or any of the hundred “news” channels. I come here to get away from that and if this becomes the norm myself and others like me will have to find a more relevant forum.
I think film preservation is somewhat ahead of the efforts of the music industry. Googling film preservation shows a long standing effort. Celluloid is notorious for it's degradation and I recall temperature controlled vaults being built a long time ago, along with archival steps.
All the best,
Read the article yesterday via internet. Tried to buy a record mentioned-all sold out. Imho, the advent of the CD changed a lot of the music business models. Some older artist's catalogues became gold, some not so much. We will never know the complete loss. Agree with Dramatictenor, I don't care about your politics, just the Music.
Has the Russian troll farm infiltrated Audiogon? 😮1-I think they've always been here.
2-Does the pope wear a funny hat?"
I always thought it was 'Does the pope poop in the woods?'
Boy, I'm so embarrassed, I've been saying it wrong for the last 40 years.
I Agree with the 3 above. The loss of the master tapes is the tragedy. Some truly amazing artists and their recordings of a piece of time that will never be heard again. I have not posted a lot but it seams sometimes it is difficult for people to stay on point. I am saddened by the tragic loss of the music. Plus any future use of these master tapes to further reinforce our commitment to the accurate reproduction of their sound. Which is what we audiophiles all about.
It is truly distressing that when we learn that approximately a half million irreplaceable masters of some of the greatest and often groundbreaking music of the greatest artists of the 20th Century, predominantly American artists, were lost to a fire, that some on this site of supposed audiophiles would rather turn this into a political debate rather than mourn the loss of these masters and use their energy constructively to consider ways that we could band together to encourage better protections for the other priceless masters still out there. Whatever happened to 'we the people'? Do the views of only one camp and their political agenda matter? Or do we all inhabit and love this land, our Constitution and the Bill of Rights? When supposed adults act like petulant 2 year olds, no worse, we have lost much more than priceless masters, we have lost the very basis of these United States of America. If even 'audiophiles' can gloat over the burning of music, I can only imagine the festivities that will take place when books and libraries are set ablaze.
Absolutely, this is a worldwide loss, with amazing masters from musicians spanning the globe lost. My prior comment did not mean to imply otherwise, only to address the intrusion of politics into a music site in a way that might promote a bit of understanding given the likely sources of those comments. I am sorry for not being clearer. Music is a universal language.
Thanks to the OP for sharing the link to the article about this colossal tragedy in the history of recorded music. I am personally very dismayed at the cavalier attitude that was afforded to these heirloom treasures.
It’s also a sad statement on the lack of integrity in certain members here who choose to grandstand politics whilst they should be redirecting their negative energy to lobbying the industry to practice due diligence instead.
And here I was, thinking that those "vaults" were dug deep into some mountain with constant temperature, far from any traffic, heavily guarded, under seven locks, behind fireproof doors.
Well, the way the record companies go on about their precious "crown jewels" you'd think that, right. Apparently not so much. Such a shame they were so callous.