Julia Adamson, once the personal assistant to the late legendary producer, posted an image to her Facebook of what she claims to be boxes of unwanted tapes that were “rescued” from his work in the late 70s and 80s from the trash bin. According to Adamson, among the New Order and Joy Division outtakes collection includes a copy of the original master tapes for Unknown Pleasures.
Adamson says Peter Hook is not interested in the lost tapes, writing in the Facebook thread:
“He’s not a happy bunny. Tried the other band members, too, to no avail, and the record companies… I have looked after these tapes for a long time and when I approached the artists (who were my first port of call) I was subjected to accusations and abuse… so I don’t really care anymore. I know they are worth something to a collector… and good luck to them. The quality of Unknown Pleasures far surpasses the mastering from vinyl over the years (they lost the master tapes long ago… these are copy masters… and outtakes… that I assure you are quite splendid).”
Adamson added that she would like someone to take the tapes off her hands, adding:
“I am keen for a collector to have them (the whole collection ideally) as they are very old and probably deteriorating and should be baked or whatever, nor do I really want to look after them anymore.”
Here’s a picture of said tapes below: