>Mike Gray might be better able to answer, but in general while they donot have EVERYTHING they ever recorded, the story you heard about themetals is not true -- especially considering that the EMI metalsholdings is better than RCA's.
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It is my understanding that EMI's holdings of HMV metals is extensive but there was considerable prejudice against Columbia at Hayes, Middlesex ('west of London') at the time of the merger and very little pre-1931 material from Columbia exists.
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The EMI Vault
-------- Original Message -------- Subject: [ARSCLIST] The EMI Vault From: Clark Johnsen Date: Tue, September 18, 2012 9:35 pm To: [log in to unmask] 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 atsome 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? clark