Rolling Stones do not own their Decca-era masters (through "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out").  They started 
their own record label, first distributed by Atlantic, in 1970. There was a fight with Decca over a 
last album owed. "Metamorphosis" resulted, which contained out-takes and incomplete tracks. I forget 
the exact history, but I think the Stones did not authorize its release, but what they delivered to 
Decca was un-releasable.

Allen Klein (Abkco) ended up owning the Decca-era Rolling Stones material, and his son has reissued 
it in several digital formats over the years.

The Kinks' early Pye-era material is also not owned by them. They do seem to own or at least control 
release of their early concept albums and Arista-era material. That, too, has been reissued in 
several digital formats over the years.

I'm not sure which material the Who and Pink Floyd actually own, but they seem to have a lot of say 
over reissues, or there's a productive cooperative relationship between labels and artists. Both 
groups have overseen what I consider very good remaster/reissue programs in the 90's and early 
2000's. Led Zeppelin also oversaw much better CD reissues of their material in the late 90's. Paul 
McCartney and Yoko Ono also seem to hold some sway over how EMI handles Beatles reissues.

The Abkco-era Rolling Stones, the Kinks masters under the group's control and Paul McCartney's solo 
catalog, now partially controlled by the artist, have recently been reissued as high-resolution 
digital downloads sold by Chesky's HDTracks website. It's probably too much to hope, but it would be 
great to see all of the classic 60's and 70's rock albums reissued that way.

-- Tom Fine

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Artist ownership of masters has become relatively common in recent years, but from what I've seen, 
that's been driven by the indie labels and artists. A lot of major artists, often those at the 
superstar level, do own their masters. As Bob points out, they often get ownership when they re-up 
with a label, but does that apply to ALL of their recording for the label, or just their work from 
that point on? Buck Owens owned all of his Capitol masters, but that was a deal he negotiated when 
had the clout and the money to do so. Many artists own SOME of their masters, but not the most 
valuable ones. I believe the Beach Boys own their masters from 1969 on--some valuable material is 
included, but their earlier material is worth far more. I think the Kinks and Rolling Stones also 
own their later masters, but not the 60s hits. It doesn't surprise me to learn that Stevie Wonder 
owns his masters--he's a superstar. But do Motown artists like Mary Wells or the Contours own their 
masters? Certainly, Cameo-Parkway artists such as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell and others had no 
control over their recordings. That catalog was out of print and unavailable on CD until only a  few 
years ago, when Abkco reissued it. From what I can see, most authorized, legitimate reissues are 
produced by or licensed from the labels, or from the current owner of a label's catalog.

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In the jazz world bassist  Charles Mingus owned many of his masters and in the Latin world bassist 
Bobby Valentin did the same thing. Many artists self-financed as they did not want to owe the 
company store and they often struck better deals in the process. If I am.not mistaken Tom Waits also 
did this at a certain point with his latest label Epitaph. But perhaps the most remarkable example 
was Frank Zappa who owned every album he ever made.

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From Michael Biel: "  You often tell us you worked for Motown.  What Motown performer owns their 

Motown was launched by Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson buying back the lease of their master "Shop 
Around" from Chess as it climbed the charts! I know for a fact that Stevie Wonder owns all of his 
masters and I'm sure a number of the others do also. It's a pretty common part of any popular 
artist's second record deal with the same label. When I started asking around a few
years ago I was shocked by how common master leases have actually been.

Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
Mastering, Audio for Picture, Mix Evaluation and Quality Control Over 40 years making people sound 
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