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Taylor Swift says she’s improving old songs with new recordings

By | Published on Friday 27 November 2020

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Taylor Swift has revealed a little more about her efforts to re-record each of her first six albums, saying that so far she’s enjoyed most revisiting some of her earliest songs.

The project, of course, is – first and foremost – an act of spite, as a result of Swift’s anger that her former label Big Machine – and the master recording rights in those albums – were sold to Scooter Braun last year. Having attempted and failed (twice now) to acquire those rights herself, she is instead recording new versions of all of her Big Machine albums.

Recently she said that part of the reason for this is so that fans can stream and buy those older songs without feeling guilty that they are putting money into the pocket of big bad Braun.

Although, as she has also been blocking any sync deals involving the original recordings – able to do so because she is in control of the accompanying publishing rights – it seems that she will also be pushing the new recordings to TV, film and advertising companies too.

As she is basically seeking to replace those older recordings, there had been speculation that she would attempt to painstakingly recreate them, so that the new versions sound exactly like the old versions. Not so, she now says. In fact, she thinks she’s now able to make them better.

“I’m having a really good time”, she told ‘Good Morning America’ of the re-recording process. “It’s a really amazing, fun adventure. So far, of the ones I’ve recorded, I think it’s been the most fun doing [2008 track] ‘Love Story’, because the older music, my voice was so teenaged and I sometimes, when I hear my older music and my young teenage voice, it makes me feel like I’m a different singer now”.

“So it’s been the most fun to re-record ones that I feel like I could actually possibly improve upon the song”, she then added. It remains to be seen if she’s right, and if fans of those original songs will want to hear and stream the new “improved” versions.