Yes, a database DID exist for the holdings at UMG-West. More than one, in fact, as there were scores of different labels. But yes, there was an overarching database because they spent a great deal of effort trying to make it compatible with the east coast PolyGram labels' database. Did it include every single reel that was there? I have no idea.
Catalog reissues are what largely power the major labels these days, so labels and their producers want to know as much as they can about what they have.
On Wed, 19 Jun 2019 11:24:26 -0400, Matthew Snyder <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Alex, behind your very good question is an assumption that UMG had a
>complete and detailed inventory of the contents of the building in the
>first place. There is no reason to believe that they did. They didn't care
>enough about their holdings to invest money in protecting them, so why
>would they have spent money to catalog what they had and where it was?
>Sure, one guy had a pretty good knowledge of what was there, but that's not
>the same as a paper or database trail.
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