In article <368DD4...@cam.org>, Michel Forest <for...@cam.org> wrote:
Joe Castleman wrote:
I asked about this a week or two ago, but I wnet out-of-town before I
could check for an answer:
What is this big fire that destroyed the tape archives at Atlantic
Records? I hear about it occasionally, mainly in this newsgroup. When
was the fire, and what did it consume? How has Atlantic been able to
re-issue the fire-damaged tapes, or have they?
I remember posting an answer to this question a few weeks ago... but I'm glad to repost it! Anyway, in 1976, a department store burned down inEveryone notes how much wonderful jazz was probably lost in this fire
New Jersey. The 4th floor of the store was, strangely enough, the place where Atlantic stored its master tapes from every session recorded
before 1969. The building burned down to the ground and all was lost. In the Coltrane boxset, it says that the released material was safe, having been released on lp's. But the unreleased material was lost forever. As
for the source of the unreleased material on the Coltrane box, it seems
a small amount of session tapes were found in another storage room.
Maybe these were copies of the master tapes, it's not very clear in the booklet.
-- which makes sense, because it's a jazz newsgroup. It's worth
noting also, however, that Atlantic was the premier R&B/soul label of
the 60's, through their own material and through music they
distributed from smaller companies. Not all of the music they
distributed for other labels did they have the masters for; but in
mid-1968, Atlantic took possession of the entire catalog of Stax
Records up to that point, due to some fine print in a distribution
contract that Jerry Wexler claims his lawyers snuck in there without
asking him. So, lost along with Coltrane, Mingus, Coleman, etc. were
Ray Charles, Don Covay, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave,
LaVern Baker, Booker T. & the MGs, Wilson Pickett, the Drifters,
Carla Thomas, etc. etc.
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