Cory Chisel Upstairs At United Vol. 2: 8-17-11 on 45RPM LP
Upstairs at United is a series of all-analog recordings recorded inside the historic United Record Pressing plant in Nashville, TN. All recordings were captured directly to analog tape under the leadership of mastering engineer Chis Mara of analog recording studio Welcome to 1979, then cut to 12” EP’s at 45 RPM.
The records are presented in a Kraft-style packaging that highlights
the authentic all-analog approach used in making these records, include
session specific inserts with color photos from the recording sessions,
and come in archival quality resealable poly bags.
The purpose of the Upstairs at United series is to
release outstanding music recorded in a classic all analog style, and to
celebrate the rich musical and cultural history that’s taken place
inside this 49 year old building. Established in 1949, the same year the
45RPM record was born, United Record Pressing is still
the go to pressing plant for the industry from the biggest of big to
four guys in a garage. The doors to its present location first opened in
In response to a then segregated South, United created an apartment
above the plant to host the record label executives and artists who were
excluded from hotel accommodations due to the color of their skin. This
apartment, now called the Motown Suite, is still intact and furnished
in its original décor. Adjacent to the apartment is a large space solely
dedicated to hosting record release parties and other events for labels
and artists. Among the many, it’s believed that this room hosted
parties for The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Cowsills, Wayne Newton,
and a signing party for a 16-year-old Hank Williams, Jr.
In addition to existing as a monument to our musical and cultural history, the space upstairs at United Record Pressing continues to host events for artists, labels, and other lovers of music. It is in this sacred space that the Upstairs at United series is being recorded.
All recordings are engineered by Chris Mara and his analog studio Welcome to 1979 located in Nashville, Tennessee. All recordings were done live directly to ¼ inch analog tape
using a sixteen channel vintage recording console and vintage
microphones and outboard gear, with no overdubs, edits or audio
sweetening. What you hear is music in its most pure form: the recordings
capture the end product of the artists together in a single room,
complete with all of the enthusiasm, spirit and soul that is the
foundation for this great art form.
On August 17th, 2011, Volume 2 of Upstairs at United was put to tape. This recording features five live studio recordings from Cory Chisel. Together with longtime collaborator Adriel Harris and a talented group of musicians, Cory recorded 5 tracks, including two cover songs, “Rosie” (Tom Waits) and “The Change Is Made” (Bee Gees), along with three well known but previously unrecorded originals “Old Love,” “Never Meant to Love You,” and “In The Deep End.” Among the other musicians, Brendan Benson makes an appearance on drums, keys, guitar and talkbox. “It was amazing to connect to the lineage of talent that has walked through that room at United. You could feel the voodoo in the walls. And recording live to tape and cutting straight to lacquer, the way it used to be done, heightened the recording in such a unique way. I feel lucky to be a part of this project that honors United’s history so well” said Chisel.
Cory Chisel Upstairs At United Vol. 2: 8-17-11 Track Listing:
1. Old Love
2. Never Meant to Love You
3. Rosie (Tom Waits)
4. The Change Is Made (Bee Gees)
5. In The Deep End