Which Vinyl Re-issues Use Original Analog Masters?

Here’s another question from the inbox:

Hi Alan

Do you know what vinyl reissue labels use the original analog master tapes?   

I’m finding it rather difficult to find information on where the labels are getting their masters from.  Some labels like Light in the Attic and Sundazed take great pride in letting you know that they are using the original analog master tapes, and Rhino sometimes lists that information.  Other labels like 4 Men with Beards and Scorpio have great titles, but don’t list this information and I hear they only use digital masters for CD’s for their vinyl.

If you could provide me with some labels that you would recommend and which to avoid that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time and help.


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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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