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    Sad UMG (Universal) fire in 2008 destroys recording masters of 700+ artists - full extent only coming to light now...

    As per the New York Times -

    It was first it was thought that there were about 100 artists affected. However, it looks like it might be 800, ranging from Hip Hop, R&B, Rock, Comedy, Folk, Country etc etc. Apparently it was caused by workers using a blowtorch to "fix" the roof.

    Yes, digital copies were made some time back, but they were often made when the technology wasn't as good as now. Its a tragedy to lose all the original tapes and to add insult to injury, they didn't fully admit to it until now. When Bryan Adams tried to make a compilation box set, they couldn't find the original masters, and didn't give the reason.

    Watch the lawsuits fly...

    Here's a list of the artists (put as a spoiler because it's so damned long):
    Artists Named in UMG Documents
    The names listed below come with several caveats. For the artists named below, it is not possible to assert definitively which masters were burned in the fire, nor can it be said categorically that all of these artists did in fact lose masters. It also cannot be determined exactly how many of the destroyed masters were primary-source originals.
    What can be said with certainty is that these are artists whose material UMG believed had been lost in the fire and whose recordings the company spent tens of millions of dollars trying to replace.
    Colonel Abrams
    Johnny Ace
    Bryan Adams
    Nat Adderley
    Rhett Akins
    Manny Albam
    Lorez Alexandria
    Gary Allan
    Red Allen
    Steve Allen
    The Ames Brothers
    Gene Ammons
    Bill Anderson
    Jimmy Anderson
    John Anderson
    The Andrews Sisters
    Lee Andrews & the Hearts
    Paul Anka
    Adam Ant
    Toni Arden
    Joan Armatrading
    Louis Armstrong
    Asleep at the Wheel
    Patti Austin
    Average White Band
    Hoyt Axton
    Albert Ayler
    Burt Bacharach
    Joan Baez
    Razzy Bailey
    Chet Baker
    Florence Ballard
    Hank Ballard
    Gato Barbieri
    Baja Marimba Band
    Len Barry
    Count Basie
    Fontella Bass
    The Beat Farmers
    Sidney Bechet and His Orchestra
    Captain Beefheart
    Archie Bell & the Drells
    Vincent Bell
    Bell Biv Devoe
    Louie Bellson
    Don Bennett
    Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones
    David Benoit
    George Benson
    Elmer Bernstein and His Orchestra
    Chuck Berry
    Nuno Bettencourt
    Stephen Bishop
    Art Blakey
    Hal Blaine
    Bobby (Blue) Bland
    Mary J. Blige
    Blink 182
    Blues Traveler
    Eddie Bo
    Pat Boone
    Connee Boswell
    Eddie Boyd
    Jan Bradley
    Owen Bradley Quintet
    Oscar Brand
    Bob Braun
    Walter Brennan
    Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats
    Teresa Brewer
    Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
    John Brim
    Lonnie Brooks
    Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam
    Brothers Johnson
    Bobby Brown
    Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
    Lawrence Brown
    Les Brown
    Marion Brown
    Marshall Brown
    Mel Brown
    Michael Brown
    Dave Brubeck
    Jimmy Buffett
    Carol Burnett
    T-Bone Burnett
    Dorsey Burnette
    Johnny Burnette
    Busta Rhymes
    Terry Callier
    Cab Calloway
    The Call
    Glen Campbell
    Captain and Tennille
    Captain Sensible
    Irene Cara
    Belinda Carlisle
    Carl Carlton
    Eric Carmen
    Hoagy Carmichael
    Kim Carnes
    Karen Carpenter
    Richard Carpenter
    The Carpenters
    Barbara Carr
    Betty Carter
    Benny Carter
    The Carter Family
    Peter Case
    Alvin Cash
    Mama Cass
    Bobby Charles
    Ray Charles
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    The Checkmates Ltd.
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    Don Cherry
    Mark Chesnutt
    The Chi-Lites
    Eric Clapton
    Petula Clark
    Roy Clark
    Gene Clark
    The Clark Sisters
    Merry Clayton
    Jimmy Cliff
    Patsy Cline
    Rosemary Clooney
    Wayne Cochran
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    Gloria Coleman
    Mitty Collier
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    Alice Coltrane
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    Rita Coolidge
    Stewart Copeland
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    David Crosby
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    The Damned
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    Fats Domino
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