North Mississippi Allstars Upstairs At United Vol. 4 EP on 45RPM 12" Vinyl
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 1962.
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 June 7th, 2012, North Mississippi Allstars, this day consisting of Luther Dickinson (vocals, guitar), Cody Dickinson (drums), Pierre Wells, (bass, vocals), and Sharisse Norman, Shontelle Norman and Stefanie Bolton on backing vocals, recorded Volume 4 of the Upstairs at United series. Each song in this session was recorded in a single take direct to ¼ inch tape then cut at 45 RPM for the ultimate listening experience. The North Mississippi Allstars, recorded 5 nuggets of gospel blues goodness including "Let It Roll," "I'm a Soldier In The Army of The Lord," "What You Gonna Do," "Up Over Yonder" and "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed & Burning". Each song has overpowering heart and raw soul.
North Mississippi Allstars Upstairs At United Vol. 4 EP Track Listing:
1. Let It Roll
2. I'm A Soldier In The Arny Of The Lord
3. What You Gonna Do
4. Up Over Yonder
5. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed & Burning