Hollywood, CA (February 24, 2017)—Bonnie Silver, president of Tru-Gems Music Group, is working with United Recording’s new archiving division to transfer a multitude of analog tape masters produced and recorded at the studio by her father, Lee Silver.
Bonnie Silver has been overseeing her late father’s music catalog, which includes its publishing companies and record labels, since 2001. Along with her team, she has been successful in placing these original recordings in television shows such as Breaking Bad, Mad Men, American Horror Story and Girls, among many others.
Lee Silver is credited with charted songs, many of which were produced at United Recording just after it opened its doors in the late 1950s. United Recording remained his go-to recording studio throughout the 1960s.
“We recently rediscovered these tapes in our vaults just after my father passed away last June,” said Silver. “To have an expert of Dan Johnson’s caliber archive these tapes and to bring them back home to United is a lovely way to honor my father’s vast musical talents and these incredible recordings. The first tape transferred into a variety of high resolution digital formats is that of The Georgettes, a female pop group who my father produced and recorded at United Recording in 1960.”
The Georgettes’ archiving project started with quarter-inch Scotch 131 analog tape masters recorded at 15 ips. “The first step was to take a look at the condition of the tape,” Johnson said. ” The only issue with the tape was dried-out leader joints, which is very common. The leader joints were replaced with new splicing tape. No alignment tones were found on the reel, so our Ampex ATR 102 was calibrated using an MRL (Magnetic Reference Laboratory) tape.
“The surprising part of this archive is how good the recordings sounded. The recordings are sonically stunning for being 57 years old.”