Universal Studios Goes Up In Flames, Loses Precious Masters
Published Jun 02, 2008Over the weekend Universal Studios went up in flames and though it has yet to be determined what caused the blaze, low water pressure and an overwhelmed sprinkler system were blamed for the fire getting out of control.
Among the ruined are well-known New York City and New England streetscapes, which included a King Kong exhibit, while thousands of video vault archives managed to be rescued by employees from the library next door.
Not so lucky, however, according to Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily, was Universal Music, a separate company (owned by Vivendi) that rented space on the lot to store original masters. It has been reported that thousands of original Decca, MCA, ABC recordings from the last century including such artists as Bing Crosby, the Andrew Sisters, Judy Garland and the Carpenters were damaged in the fire. Sadly the new Weezer album was already shipped to shops...
Though nothing has been confirmed yet, a source stated, "This is a tremendous loss in music history. A very sad day indeed. It's too bad they saved the videos that they have backups on instead of the master recordings in which they do not, although they may not have had a choice since the fire had already engulfed much of the music side of the vault."