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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.