Monday, August 22, 2011

Batsumi Tapes Found!


One of the pitfalls of reissuing old material is not knowing if the master tapes are available. For the planned Batsumi reissue these were not uncovered until earlier this month when they turned up in an old plastic bag on the bottom shelf of a warehouse in Johannesburg. I was delighted - even though I had already completed an audio restoration, remastering and test pressing from a vinyl transfer. So its now time to get these down to the studio and see how they sound. Stay tuned!
Matt

8 comments:

david said...

There is a good chance that they will need slow and careful specialised baking before you attempt to play/transfer them. Tapes are tending to shed their coatings and all it takes is one eager play to screw it all up! Seek pro advice ...

matt said...

The job is out of my league so it is sitting in the hands of a pro...don't worry!

computer repair new york said...

nice looked baking and coating as well. it must have played well like a rhythm in the ocean.

Philipp said...

I hope you can digitalize it this, would be great that we all can listen to it.

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Anonymous said...

AS the losing bidder on ebay of the last copy of this at gbp 950 im very happy to hear this.

Anonymous said...

So, do the surviving band members and their families get any of the proceeds?

matt said...

The recording is fully licensed and all proceeds flow to the rights holders. For reference I do suggest reading the discussion initiated by Chief Boima at Africa is a Country: http://africasacountry.com/2010/09/14/collection-cultures/