2006-01-19

Deleted Musical Recordings for the Web

More than 100_000 deleted recordings, including music from the likes of Jacques Brel and Marianne Faithfull, are to be available to download. A batch of 3_000 back-catalogue tracks by European artists from the last 40 years will be on-line by mid-2006-02, said record company 'Universal'. It will be the first time in years that music-lovers will be able to buy the recordings. 'Universal' (UMGI) said it aimed to re-issue as many as 10_000 albums. Such a large volume of deleted recordings being made available on-line in a 'concerted, extensive fashion' had not happened before, it said. The first recordings available to download will be tracks by UK, German and French artists. They include 'Eddie & the Hot Rods', 'Fairport Convention', Chris DeBurgh, Jacques Brel, Nana Mouskouri and BBrigitte Bardot.
'Over the next three to four years, we aim to reissue perhaps as many as 10_000 albums for downloading, which amounts to more than 100_000 tracks,'
-- so said senior vice president of UMGI's eLabs division Mr.Barney Wragg.
'This programme will offer material that, in some cases, goes back to the early days of recorded music. 'This "digital archeology" programme represents a serious commitment to go further into the past, and to begin to take advantage of the benefits for artists and for music fans of digital download technology.'
'Download plan for deleted tracks', BBC News, 2006/01/18 17:13:29 GMT

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