Pitchfork: Are you saying Sony hid the tapes on purpose back in 2002?
KS: Oh, they did. The contract we did in 2001 basically gave me ownership of the tapes, and then the Sony regime that existed when that contract was signed left. And when the new regime came in, the tapes disappeared. That was relevant because even though I was the owner, it would only revert back to me if I remastered from the original tapes— if the tapes were gone, I couldn’t remaster from them and hence I couldn’t ever own them.
Sipping a Coca-Cola at the bar, Mike broke down each track from the new album, getting intensely worked up as he explained what went in to creating this intense, timeless new masterwork. Listen to a full album stream while reading Mike’s commentary.
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