During my 5 years there, there were no problems except when searching for The Band's first multitrack masters, couldn't find them anywhere.
It got mentioned to an engineer who had worked at A & R Studios in New York in the late '60s, he said that they had been recording under the name The Crackers. And violá, the 1: 8 track masters were found. I had the fun task of transferring them to Sony 3348.
But Universal had a hard time finding the multi tracks of Gaucho and Aja, eventually turned up after several weeks of searching.
On Sep 19, 2012, at 3:21 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Steve:
> How did Capitol do with that. Iron Mountain managed to lose a few boxes of Polygram/Mercury tapes over the years and, worse, had a big fire in one of their facilities that destroyed much original artwork and paperwork. The record companies didn't learn from any of that, as I understand most vault stuff is still outsourced.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Stephen Anderson" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 2:14 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The EMI Vault
> I can't speak to EMI, but during my years at Capitol Studios, Capitol maintained archive storage at 2 Iron Mountain facilities, one in Carson, CA, the other in New Jersey. We designed special cases that would accommodate various media: differetns size reels of tape, discs of every type, etc., for when we needed to copy or transfer assets for film licensing, re-releases, etc.
> On Sep 18, 2012, at 6:35 PM, Clark Johnsen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Recently I read an assertion that the EMI vault "west of London" houses
>> everything EMI has ever recorded. Despite apparent ambiguity, the
>> implication is clear: These are masters. Yet I have also read that at some
>> point (during the war?) EMI lost (or destroyed?) many or most of their
>> metal masters and called upon RCA Victor in America to resupply them (with
>> metals? mothers? stampers?). What's the story?
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