universal tape library
The Universal Tape Library is a list of all the material currently held by
Universal Records. It includes material recorded for Zoom,
Arista, Virgin and Chrysalis.
It is located in West London. (Note: it is not the storage facility which burned down in 2008.)
It holds all the master tapes. This includes demos, works in progress, alternative takes, out-takes, live recordings,
final masters and more.
Every commercial release has a corresponding tape in the library. There are also tapes for releases which were planned
but were never commercially released.
I used it extensively whilst helping with the compilation of
Celebrate: The Greatest Hits +,
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) Super Deluxe edition,
Sparkle In The Rain Super Deluxe edition and
Once Upon A Time Super Deluxe edition.