The recent report of the destruction in 2008 of many master recordings of decades of music has left music lovers is dismay and dispair.
The New York Times Popcast asked if large music corporations can really be trusted with such treasure cultural history. Should government back organisations do it instead?
The tragedy extends to the fact that recording technology was way ahead of playback technology and the world still had a future of hearing details that were not available to the listener when they were originally released. Not any more for those recordings that have been lost.
They were historical artifacts where even notes attached to the recordings were revealing and insightful of the recording process.
In mourning, let’s have a listen to something that has been lost.