Was this the Phoenix Project the article mentioned? I headed one of the NYC teams that did some of the transfers back in 2010. As soon as the insurance money ran out, the plug was pulled on the entire operation, which is why so little of the holdings were transferred. They just were not going to spend their money.
Unfortunately, I knew all about this back when it happened. It was as bad as the article says it was, if not worse. I have tried really hard over the years not to think about it too much because it will truly depress those of us who care about these things.
Also, to correct something on another post, UMG is not owned by NBCUniversal, but by VivendiUniversal. UMG was spun off into a separate company in 2004 when Vivendi sold Universal Studios to GE. UMG was not part of the deal.
On Tue, 11 Jun 2019 18:24:49 +0100, Mint Records <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> After the fire they did a worldwide search for copy masters, which whilst
>2nd gen, we better than nothing. I was asked if i could join the team
>(based in Slough, UK) digitizing everything they found. Unfortunately I
>wasn't available at the time. So they will have been able to get copies of
>a percentage of material lost, but who knows how much and certainly none of
>the unissued stuff.
>On Tue, 11 Jun 2019 at 17:54, Gerald seligman <[log in to unmask]>
>> There is one correction to be made in my first quote. What I tried to
>> convey was that low figure to represent the percentage of audio recordings
>> overall that were digitized. More of commercial music was/is digitized. The
>> writer had me saying that the percentage applied to commercial music, which
>> it does not. I don’t have information on that.
>> Gerald Seligman
>> Cellphone: 347-504-5311
>> > On Jun 11, 2019, at 9:59 AM, Jones, Randye <[log in to unmask]>
>> > Amazing article about lose of musical heritage
>> > The Day the Music Burned