3 Things to Know about Red (Taylor’s Version)

10 minute rerecorded song revisits Taylor Swift’s relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal


Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer

  1. Why is she rerecording her albums?

Taylor Swift created her first six albums under Big Machine Label Group after signing to them in 2005. In 2019, record executive Scooter Braun infamously bought Big Machine and then subsequently sold the master rights to those albums to an unknown buyer. The master rights are the final production recordings of music. Since Big Machine no longer owns the master rights to those albums, Swift doesn’t get any of the earnings that they produce. However, Swift owns the actual music, the compositions, of each song. During an interview with Seth Myers, Swift explained, “I made it very clear that I wanted to buy my music, that opportunity was not given to me, and it was sold to somebody else. And so I figured ‘I was the one who made this music first, I can just make it again.’” Currently, Swift is in the process of rerecording her albums so she can have the exclusive rights to her music. So far, she has released the re recorded versions, “Taylor’s Version”, of her albums Fearless and Red

      2. What is a “From the Vault” song?

Not only does rerecording her albums allow Swift to own all of her music, but it also lets her and her fans relive the eras in which the albums were originally released. During the album writing process, Swift wrote many songs that never made it on the album simply for logistical reasons. Swift has recorded and produced these songs, labeled as “From the Vault”, and has included them on her “Taylor’s Version” albums. The “From the Vault” songs take listeners back to the original album’s release as well as takes a deeper dive into Swift’s mind at the time of album release. 

       3. What is the hype around “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)”?

The song, suspected to be about Swift’s ex boyfriend, Jake Gyllenhal, is an all-time fan favorite. Swift explains, “’All Too Well’ was never a single, it never had a video, and somehow the fans turned it into the song from this album.” So Swift’s fans were ecstatic to hear that the song was originally 10 minutes long when it was first written. Similar to the “From the Vault” songs, logistically, it didn’t make sense for Swift to include a 10 minute song on Red. The 10 minute version contains many more insightful and powerful lyrics and verses that the Red version didn’t include. Swift adds, “I am really happy that people get to hear it and I’m so proud of this version of it. I think this version is the version of the song that was meant to be heard.”