Good news and bad news on this. I'm just reading the latest Prog magazine which has a nice long piece with Jon Anderson, and it mentions the Olias reissue.
- its set for release at the end of January 2021
- 2 disc set cd and dvd
- high res stereo included
- on Esoteric label, overseen by Mark Powell
- they couldn't find the multitracks, so the surround is an upmix
- the upmix has been done by Ben Wiseman (?) and Mark Powell says its a really good upmix from the stereo masters
Oh I hope not! Labels just need to learn to leave an album alone if the tapes are fully missing.
How do multitracks get lost?
I understand that with a private pressing or small label that goes out of business no one pays the bills for storage bankruptcy follows and stuff is thrown into the trash to be gone forever.
In the old days before CDs and reissues once a stereo master was made were the multis regarded as no longer necessary and discarded?
Is this a problem primarily for pop and rock or did classical music have this issue also .It seems some jazz labels kept their outtakes for posterity. I realize outtakes may not be the same thing as multi tracks.
I just dont understand how a major label with good sales can lose these unless it was a policy to discard or reuse tape to save money...
The only thing I can think of akin to this are early drawings and studies for paintings.
Nobody would dream of throwing out Leonardo Da Vinci drawings and studies for completed projects as no longer being necessary.
But then some of the recent music company executives probably would....