Published Apr 22, 2009In some sad news, Matador Records has revealed that it has lost nearly every vinyl master of any Matador release prior to 2006. The cause of this vinyl tragedy was their former processing plant, 33 1/3, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2006. When the plant closed shop, it took with them lacquers and masters of classic Matador releases.
In an email to Comcast, Matador director of production Jesper Eklow explained what the loss means for the future of Matador reissues. "Some titles prove difficult to reissue unless we go back and basically remaster the albums from scratch - so, yes, it's a slow, expensive and quite an annoying process," he explains. "There shouldn't really be any titles that we couldn't ever bring back but the question of course would be if it would be worth spending a lot of money on remastering and reprinting components we already should have on hand of certain titles... the money lost on the 33 1/3 adventure is quite substantial."
In a post on the Matador message board, general manager Patrick Amory revealed there are reissues coming down the pipeline, including records from Belle and Sebastien, Cat Power and Pavement, but revealed that Yo La Tengo's Painful and And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out, along with Mogwai's Happy Songs for Happy People will be problematic and likely delayed.