An Inside Look at United Record Pressing
Putting it on Wax Since 1949
United Record Pressing, LLC (URP) began in Nashville, Tennessee in 1949, when it was known by the name Southern Plastics. The first Beatles seven-inch records in America (prior to their Capitol releases) on Vee Jay Records were pressed at the current location.
Southern Plastics changed the name to United Record Pressing in 1971. Vinyl is now seeing a huge resurgence, not only among indie bands, but with major label artists, as well. There is nothing that can compare to carved music frequencies vibrating a needle, amplified through a pair of good speakers. It is the most natural translation of music.
United not only was responsible for much of the country records during the past vinyl era, but also had a Motown Suite, which is still viewable by guests touring the plant, which still has the same 1960s furnishings that Motown executives were offered back in the day. United still uses the kitchen as a meeting room, with staff sitting at the same ’60s dinette set that Motown, Vee Jay and other label executives and artists used.
The party room has hosted record label signing parties for artists including Wayne Newton, The Cowsills and a then sixteen-year -old Hank Williams, Jr. Currently, the party room functions as a museum of Southern Plastics/United, along with a brief history of recorded music.
The video for Wanda Jackson’s “Thunder on the Mountain,” featuring Jack White and the Third Man Records House Band, was shot on location at United in the party room. The Third Man Records vinyl releases, including the tri-colored vinyl limited editions, are manufactured at United.
United has special rates for artists on recycled vinyl, which can also help with targeting certain markets where green means something. Bi-colored, tri-colored (very selective on tri-color runs) and even vinyl that is a different color on each side is possible with their handmade techniques. United pressings are in demand, from indie bands ordering hundred copy short runs to the last Lady Gaga double twelve inch, pressed in the thousands. Whatever your needs are as an artist, United has the right package to suit your budget, plus the equipment and knowledgeable staff to help you achieve your goals.
United offers a free “test pressing” copy to those who donate $50 towards a Kickstarter funded vinyl release manufactured at United. This is a great promo opportunity for artists looking for funding. They also link their website as well as Facebook page to help the band promote and track their progress. United also offers digital download hosting services.
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OTHER VINYL PRESSING/MASTERING RESOURCES
545 West 45th Street
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