After a fire at Universal many original master tapes were lost forever. It affected a lot of bands and their back catalogue. Sadly, Y&T is among these bands.
Here is what Dave wrote on Facebook, such a shame….
Well everyone, I just received the report from Universal about what Y&T titles were lost in the fire and what remains. Though Universal still has safety copies of many things left in the vaults on various formats, we have lost forever the 1/4″ and 1/2″ analog masters to Earthshaker, Black Tiger, Mean Streak, In Rock We Trust, and Open Fire!!!
That is the bulk of the most important analog masters to lose. These are the MAIN masters we lost.
It’s like losing your original painting, while there are photo copies still around. A sad day to reflect back on watching these get recorded to those 2 analog tape formats and listening back to those exact masters as each song was mixed down in the studio. Irreplaceable from an artistic and emotional standpoint.