Friday, August 3, 2012

United Record Pressing plant Nashville, TN

One of the great attractions in Nashville, TN is the United Record Pressing plant.  They give tours on Tuesdays at 2pm and Fridays at 11am.  If you're a vinyl lover, a music fan or just simply interested in how things are made, this is a fun and inexpensive tour to do ($5).  United Record Pressing began in Nashville in 1949 when it was known as Southern Plastics.  One of their clients was Vee Jay Records out of Chicago.  Vee Jay first released The Beatles in America before the band signed to Capitol.  Those Vee Jay singles of The Beatles were pressed at this plant!  The plant continues to crank out both major label and indie releases.  Jack White's Third Man Records is just down the street and uses URP for their vinyl pressing needs.

For more information, go to their website-

This room has hosted (and continues
to do so) many parties and video
shoots over the years.

Raw vinyl before it's melted

Labels before they are applied
to the vinyl

Example of a "tri-color" single
before and after

Vinyl "patty" being pressed into shape

Finished 12" vinyl after it's been

Vinyl after excess is trimmed off

Wanda Jackson- "Thunder On The Mountain" (filmed upstairs at United Record Pressing)