Dave Meniketti, Vocalist For Y & T has checked in with the following update regarding Master Tapes being destroyed:
Well everyone, I just received the report from Universal about what Y&T titles were lost in the fire and what remains. Though Universal still has safety copies of many things left in the vaults on various formats, we have lost forever the 1/4″ and 1/2″ analog masters to Earthshaker, Black Tiger, Mean Streak, In Rock We Trust, and Open Fire!!!
That is the bulk of the most important analog masters to lose. These are the MAIN masters from which the original records were made.
It‘s like losing your original painting, while there are photocopies still around. A sad day to reflect back on watching these get recorded to those 2 analog tape formats and listening back to those exact masters as each song was mixed down in the studio. Irreplaceable from an artistic and emotional standpoint.
The original story can be read below:
Dave Meniketti, Vocalist For Y & T has posted the following update via the Y & T Facebook page:
Just found out a few minutes ago that Y&T was named as one of many artists who had their master recordings destroyed in the Universal Music fire that happened 11 years ago and just came to everyone’s attention recently.
We checked with someone at Universal yesterday and she claimed our masters were not burned in the fire. However, we’ll absolutely need further clarification and proof of this, as that now appears to be a false claim.
They received a large insurance payment for the damages and kept it from the public awareness for 11 years! Devastating to so many artists on that list. I know that Universal had been in the process of backing up some of these masters digitally, but there’s no way they did so for every one of these artists.
Universal Music has ALL of our masters from London Records, A&M, and Geffen. Everything we recorded from 1975 through 1990, including 2″ multi-tracks, 1/4″ and 1/2″ analog masters of every release, rough mixes of everything we put to tape, out-takes, unreleased songs ideas, original album artwork, videos, etc.
If this holds up to be true, it’s a sad day for all associated with these classic Yesterday & Today/Y&T recordings.