Of course it’s the money
Eliminate “Maybe” from the first line and I’d say this gets it just about right.
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Maybe it’s the money. While secular artists/record companies/archivists really have the stash to properly preserve and appreciate the historical archives of their genre, maybe this industry does not. And maybe no one really cares.
I have been on the front lines of enthusiasts who have searched out the historical preservation of a secular artist’s catalogue and demos that were kept in a major label’s vaults. It was all there and preserved. But this was RCA (at least in the beginning–now who knows what the company is called–BMG?).
Anyway, the Radio Corporation of America and its successors had enough capital to make sure these treasures were kept for future generations. Did the owners of Benson and other small regional labels have the money to do the same? That has to be in question. That may be the answer.