Largest vinyl record pressing plant in the US is expanding

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America’s largest vinyl record pressing plant in Nashville, Tennessee, will be expanding its operations to include a second warehouse full of record-making machinery. United Record Pressing LLC toldThe Tennessean on Monday that it plans to add 16 presses to its present 30, and it will use the remaining space in the new warehouse as storage to meet a robustly growing demand for its product.

While we’ve been seeing an upward trend in the vinyl record industry for years now, those increases are becoming more noticeable, and this latest news from United Record Pressing reflects that in a tangible way. The company’s new location is a 142,000-square-foot warehouse in Nashville that it bought for $5.5 million.

United Record is attributing the good times to digital music sales. “Our belief is that it’s being driven by the rise in digital,” Jay Millar, the company’s Director of Marketing, told The Tennessean. “People who want something tangible and the best sound quality and experience are going to vinyl as opposed to CDs.”

Millar also told the paper that the company is currently working its 30 presses 24 hours a day, six days a week.

Nielsen’s SoundScan reported that 6.1 million vinyl records were sold in 2013, up from 4.6 in 2012 and under 1 million in 2007. But as The New York Times reported last year, “manufacturers, specialist retailers, and critics argue that SoundScan’s figures represent only a fraction of actual sales” and perhaps only account for as little as 10 to 15 percent of total vinyl sales, because Nielsen tracks records sold, rather than records pressed, and many vinyl manufacturers don’t print bar codes on their record sleeves, so sales from independent shops that don’t report to Nielsen don’t get counted.

Jack White’s new vinyl record

Jack White’s New Vinyl Record Features Hidden Tracks And Holograms

 

Jack White recently broke a record for the fastest ever creation of a vinyl cut, by recording the title track to his new album Lazaretto, then pressing it to wax and packaging it all in less than four hours. Now, his vinyl-based conjuring continues with the announcement of an ‘Ultra’ LP version of the album, which comes packed with bizarre curiosities.

The 11-track album on White’s label Third Man Records, includes different mixes and sequencing to the digital version, and will play at 33.3rpm as normal. However two secret tracks hidden in the centre label will play at 45 and 78rpm respectively – a repeat of the trick White pulled with his Dead Weather supergroup and their album Sea of Cowards.

Side A meanwhile demands that you place the needle on the inside of the record as it works its way outward, eventually getting caught in a perpetual locked groove at the outer edge (the more jaded White fan might suggest that you won’t be able to tell when said groove begins). The first song on Side B however, has two different intros, one acoustic and one electric, which differ depending on where the needle is dropped. The two grooves then blend into one halfway through the song.

 

If that wasn’t enough to play with, there is also a hologram on Side A hand-etched by artist Tristan Duke, featuring a spinning angel appearing to float in the blank area between the groove and the label. Side B is given a matte finish so it resembles a shellac 78rpm record.

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“We’ve pulled off a lot of interesting ideas all within this one LP,” White says in an introductory video, adding how he thinks that the locked groove, the three speeds within one record, the dual groove, and the hologram vinyl extras have never been attempted before, but with a caveat: “Of course there’s no knowing unless you go through every record ever made.”

This release is far from the first innovation that Third Man has attempted. They’ve printed records on old medical X-rays, created ‘Texas-sized’ 8-inch and 13-inch vinyls, and encased 7-inch singles within 12-inch albums that need to be destroyed to access the secret record. 2013′s collaborative release with Revenant Records, that compiled the bluegrass, gospel and blues songs released by Paramount Records in the 1920s, was housed in a velvet-lined oak cabinet with LPs kept inside a “laser-etched white birch LP folio” and digital files stored on a brass USB stick.

 

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Sade’s ‘Stronger Than Pride’ To Be Released On Limited Edition 180g Vinyl LP

Sade’s ‘Stronger Than Pride’ To Be Released On Limited Edition 180g Vinyl LP

 

“A sublime, enduring classic…Sade’s timeless masterpiece.”

 

Sade :: Stronger than pride

 

Camarillo, CA – Music aficionados worldwide are buzzing with excitement over the release of Sade’s ‘Stronger Than Pride’ on limited edition 180g vinyl on Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity. In 1988, three years after leaving their fans begging for more, Sade released their third studio album, ‘Stronger Than Pride’, one of their best works ever. An international hit that lit-up the Pop, Jazz and R & B charts.

 

The platinum selling album includes sensual Brazilian bossa nova inspired acoustic material as well as three Billboard charted singles – the #1 smash “Paradise,” “Nothing Can Come Between Us” and “Turn My Back On You.”

 

On ‘Stronger Than Pride’, probably Sade’s most stripped down and sparse album, the band creates the perfect groove for romance and fulfills the promise of their stunning debut by continuing a sense of sophistication and understated elegance, two hallmarks of the Sade sound. Sade’s singing is exquisite.

 

‘Stronger than Pride’ exudes a greater confidence than the first two records, the talented band no longer has anything to prove. Stuart Matthewman on guitar and sax, Paul Spencer Denman on bass and Andrew Hale on keyboards are strong musicians/composers with distinctive character, the perfect vehicle for Sade’s mature, lush vocal lead.

 

Sade offers cool composure… a unique sound that infuses Soul, Pop, Contemporary Jazz and a little Middle-Eastern flavor. It’s impossible to separate the allure of this sultry music from the persona of the woman singing it, for Sade truly is a femme fatale of mythic dimension.

 

“…brilliant, exceptional, amazing and original – a warm and blissful pop-flavored modern jazz treasure.”

 

Tracks

Love Is Stronger Than Pride

Paradise

Nothing Can Come Between Us

Haunt Me

Turn My Back on You

Keep Looking

Clean Heart

Give It Up

I Never Thought I’d See the Day

Siempre Hay Esperanza

 

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

 

For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/sade-sronger-pride