Published Mar 23, 2009Heads up, audiophile nerds: the bulk of Nirvana's back catalogue is set to be re-released and remastered on high quality, 180-gram vinyl.
Original Recordings Group recently announced that the band's Nevermind, In Utero and MTV Unplugged will all be repressed on vinyl and released sometime later this year, starting first with Nevermind. All have been pressed on vinyl in the past, but this would mark the first time the records have been given the remastered audiophile treatment in North America.
ORG initially started out doing old jazz and classical reissues, but launched their "Classic Alternative" division last year and handled Beck's Odelay Deluxe reissue and a did the vinyl pressing of TV on the Radio's Return to Cookie Mountain.
"We're going to be releasing a lot of classic alternative music from the '80s and '90s on 180-gram vinyl," ORG founder Monti Olson told Billboard. "Stuff that's more obscure and more popular. We're in negotiation with quite a few of those artists."
Olson also boasted: "They're the best-sounding records on the market. We spend $15 per LP on manufacturing. That's an enormous expense, but it shows in the final product, it shows by our sales, it shows by our growing customer base."
There's no word why the label has decided to avoid an Incesticide reissue, but Billboard reports Nirvana's first album, Bleach, will get re-released on wax this year courtesy of Sup Pop.
It appears that there are no extra tracks or added artwork on the Nirvana vinyl reissues.