So I just read on another forum that the single versions of a few tracks are clearly mastered from vinyl and not mastertapes. Are these tapes lost or did no one look for them? Are the rest of the tracks new mastertape transfers or just tweaked versions of the last remasters? My box is on the way and I'm already getting concerned. Source material should always been mentioned in this day and age of cost cutting shortcuts or tweak and re-release.
I hope that the following will help clarify matters...
The three Ultravox!
, Ha! Ha! Ha!
and Systems Of Romance
) were all remastered back in 2006 from the original master tapes. Discs One, Two and Three in The Island Years
box set have been remastered using the 2006 masters.
All of the tracks contained on Disc Four - Rare Retro
- that also appeared on the 2006 CDs have been remastered using the 2006 masters.
The four John Peel
session tracks (Young Savage
, The Man Who Dies Every Day
, My Sex
and Artificial Life
) and the two tracks from the Old Grey Whistle Test
and Hiroshima Mon Amour
) were mastered using audio supplied by the BBC.
The single edits of ROckWrok
and Quiet Men
and the twelve inch version of Quiet Men
had to be taken from vinyl as unfortunately (and despite extensive searching) the master tapes could not be located in the Island archive.
All of the audio contained on The Island Years
box set was approved by John Foxx
**The Island Years
box set is currently available from Amazon