Andy VanDette was an engineer at Masterdisk, a mastering studio located in
Manhattan, where Paul's Boutique was
mastered and sequenced.
In February 2003, a digital audio tape (DAT) recording of Paul's Boutique
was listed in an eBay auction. This DAT was not a mass-produced copy of the album; it was one of
Masterdisk's equalized original sequence masters. The winning bid was $102.50.
In an interview with Beastiemania.com, Masterdisk's chief mastering engineer Andy
VanDette said, "I do believe they [Beastie Boys] approved the original sequence for the final, but I
have no way of knowing 100% now. 1989 was before we computerized stuff like that. I know I made that DAT
after sequencing the album with the Dust
Brothers, Mario Caldato, Jr., Adam Horovitz, and Mike D. The label with the red underline
could only have been made by Linda, our general manager at the time. Ah, seems like only yesterday."