Sony is NOT handing over "master tapes" to anybody. I guarantee you that.
There may be a manufacturing delay of some sort, but BGO needs to be confronted on this erroneous statement. In fact, I would publicly challenge them to prove they are waiting to receive "master tapes." A lot of people confuse that term with "session reels." Big difference.
What they are most likely receiving instead is a digital copy of the "mix down" tapes used to create the albums. But that does not give them access to the individual tracks used to create the RCA overdubs done in the analog age, that contain various problems like tape hiss, etc.
So the amount of manipulation they can do is limited.
I have a stack of Jim Reeves re-releases by a plethora of labels around the world and most of them are crap. I hope the BGO one turns out to be as good as the hype.
I would wonder, however, at this late juncture, why they are marketing a product that they still haven't received the master copies on and why it would take 3 more weeks to receive them, and then they still have to manufacture it. Very odd.
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