This is kind of an amazing story - so artists didn't know, neither did consumers, probably if you or your dad bought any cd reissues they were off inferior copies. Imagine the lawsuits...........yikes. Based on new reporting from the New York Times, the Universal Studios fire from 2008 may have been “the biggest disaster in the history of the music industry.” In a feature called “The Day the Music Burned,” it is alleged that hundreds of thousands of master tapes from recording artists — among them dozens of legends — may have been destroyed in the fire, with some catalogues being wiped out entirely.
Finally read about this and this is bad. Especially for the old stuff like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Elmer Bernstein, Judy Garland, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and so forth. I guess this means none of this stuff can be remastered again, at least not in a quality way.
Apparently a lot of Coltrane stuff burned but the A Love Supreme masters happened to be somewhere else when the fire happened even though they were supposed to be there. If it was a gift to god as Coltrane intended I guess he was thankful.