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Dave Grohl of the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Foo Fighters[/lastfm] has revealed that the band has inserted the master tapes from their new release Wasting Light into copies of the album.
[pullquote quote="I thought it would be an extraordinary move to destroy all the masters and give the pieces of the tapes to the fans."]The band recorded the album on analog tape and according to Grohl, decided to destroy it once they’d finished making the LP. Grohl says, “We recorded the record in my garage to analog tape, and probably wound up with 20-30 reels of tapes.”
“At the end of the session I thought it would be an extraordinary move to destroy all the masters and give the pieces of the tapes to the fans.”
He added that the band decided to do it to “prove a point to everybody to show how intangible a real tape can be.”
Grohl also said that the band wanted “to go fully analog. For sonic reasons, and also because I feel like digital recording has gotten out of control. It’s too easy to control.”
“When I listen to music these days, and I hear Pro Tools and drums that sound like a machine. It sucks the life out of the music.”
Fans will be able to tell if they’ve got an album with a piece of tape inside it as each one has a sticker on the front which says: “Recorded entirely on analog tape in Dave’s garage. A piece of the original master tape included in this package.”
Kevin & Bean’s phone-op Chip went at bought Wasting Light right after her shift and here she is holding the piece of the master tape: