Rocky Mountain News


Tapes didn't age well in the vaults

November 4, 2003

Like many '70s rockers, Bob Seger thought his master tapes were safely biding their time in the record company's vault.

But when he compiled Greatest Hits II, Seger found that his stereo master tapes weren't of high enough quality, and the original multitracks had turned to goo.

That meant baking the tapes in a convection oven to stabilize them, transferring them to digital, and remixing each song from square one.

"The problem was remastering them without destroying the tapes. That was a trip," Seger says. "We had to be very careful. You bake them for eight to 10 hours and you run them through once and put them on hard disc."

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