The raw multi-tracks I'm pretty sure exist as they were used for the 5.1 mix SACD. I believe Blank & Jones used the raw multi-track also for their So80s ZTT album. Stems from the multi-track were used elsewhere (a game?) to mix your own version of the track at some point.
I assume the mixed 7" stereo master tape (or a transfer of it) exists as the version available on CD/digital isn't a vinyl rip.
When tracks are transferred onto CDs/digital they are remastered to add/remove bass, treble etc. This might be noticeable.
I believe all recordings from the beginning of the label are stored safely with duplicates in different locations. I would guess a lot of them have been transferred to digital copies as tape break down over time.
If anything has been lost, I would guess that it's more likely have to be mislaid and is on some tape somewhere. As consumers we have issues with slightly different mixes with different names. Imagine finding the right mix in a mountain of tapes without that correct mix name on the tape amongst a variety of similar sounding, never released, 'almost there' mixes. You might also have to spend time/money transferring the tape to digital in the process.
The only loss I've heard of is some artwork which was destroyed in a fire at a warehouse at some point.
I don't think Repertoire, who created Twelve Inches and other reissues around the time, had access to the archives. Only limited digital versions that had been made up to that point.
The later reissue programme had access. Those reissues used the original tapes when possible. it could be that at certain points the original tapes hadn't been located for certain mixes but when located were used on subsequent issues.
Post by aaronreturn2004 on May 9, 2020 0:59:21 GMT
Update: I have listened to various different rips of the 7" mix and I can confirm it is sourced from a master tape and is a digital transfer. Also, I noticied that the old rip I had on my channel was a lossy OGG file, so fixed that with a new rip which I'll post below.