I sent an e-mail to UMG. Dunno if it'll get through to the right people but who knows.
When Dan (Parrot Monkey) and myself suggested a similar grassroots movement (coupled with the launch of his now defunct BuffettRemasters site) to Buffett's online fan base at BuffettNews, we encountered a largely indifferent response, a bunch of naysayers full of negativity towards the project. For a group of folks that will buy anything with Buffett's name attached to it, that's not exactly the type of response either of us expected.
A lot of the people at that site are more into the social aspect of being a so called Parrothead and truly don't give a damn about the quality of JB's albums, of which the digital records sound terrible. In fact, they probably think the horrible CD issues, which are still the original batch from 1986 or whenever, sound fine. It wasn't until Fruitcakes that there was more of an understanding about how to master for CD vs vinyl since the formats for each kind of record are different head room wise. Whatever. A few people over there act like they run the town that the church wants to make a bigger church in and ruin everything.
UMG, who MCA is now owned by, has plenty of punch to do whatever they want.
So... nothing has happened. With the only exception being Meet Me In Margaritaville.
Jimmy's music is not exactly dynamic but brickwalling any of the albums might not be good - but at least we'd be able to hear them a little better. I would hope they wouldn't brickwall them. UMG remastered the Rolling Stones 1971-2995 catalog and ruined everything.
Yet when they released the singles box set of the same years, they had them remastered again - and not so loud.
So they are capable of understanding that there is a problem with the so called 'way it works' routine of mastering these days. And that's because, even though it's still moving more towards downloads than hard copies, some people (and that might change or already has with the youngins out there now that know nothing about singles and albums - in any form, etc) will have hard copies forever, and a lot of people want good sound. There's a lot of people out there.
I don't understand why those people at that site would be so negative about such a project other than the fact that they are negative egotistical blowhards that know nothing about the subject. Certainly if there is any other kind of project, well hell, they really seemed to take to those.
Yes. It's ironic that the very reason would be denounced like that. But that makes total sense of there at that site. I don't remember (and I have zero interest in finding out) what my thoughts were when I was there but I think I was all for it.
I would love it if the 1973-1989 catalogue was properly remastered. Any extra tracks they'd want to throw in to make something deluxe wouldn't hurt my feelings either. In some way, whether just a stand alone release of enough tracks weren't used for whatever album etc.