My Bloody Valentine's Shields claims his record label hid the tapes to prevent him remastering them
My Bloody Valentine‘s Kevin Shields has claimed that the delay in reissuing the band’s seminal albums ‘Isn’t Anything’ and ‘Loveless’ was because their record label Sony hid the original demos.
Speaking to Pitchfork about the trio of reissues due for release on May 7, Shields said that when he decided to start work on the albums in 2002, the tapes of the original recordings were missing. “Only after I started threatening to get Scotland Yard involved did they magically, suddenly reappear. The true story is as yet to be determined, but we’ll fight that one out in the near future,” he said.
He added: “Sony behaved very badly again – like most sociopathic companies do, they can’t help it.” When asked if he believed Sony hid the tapes on purpose in 2002, he replied “Oh, they did. The contract we did in 2001 basically gave me ownership of the tapes, and then the Sony regime that existed when that contract was signed left. And when the new regime came in, the tapes disappeared.”
He explained: “That was relevant because even though I was the owner, it would only revert back to me if I remastered from the original tapes– if the tapes were gone, I couldn’t remaster from them and hence I couldn’t ever own them.”
Responding to his claims, a Sony spokesperson said: “We have really enjoyed working on these hugely iconic reissues with Kevin, and can’t wait for the release.”
My Bloody Valentine signed to Sony in 2001 following Creation Records’ dissolution.
The band will put out a trio of reissues on May 7. Remastered versions of ‘Isn’t Anything’ and ‘Loveless’ will go on sale, as well as ‘EP’s 1988-1991’, a new compilation made up of the band’s four EP releases on Creation Records – ‘Feed Me With Your Kiss’, ‘You Made Me Realise’, ‘Glider’, ‘Tremolo’ and seven other rare tracks.
This month, Shields announced that the band are set to release a new album and EP this year. The album, which was originally begun in the mid-1990s was shelved due to inter-band politics and disagreements with their record label. An EP of new material will follow, said Shields, which will be the band’s first new material since 1991’s ‘Loveless’.