Old technology, once popular but which eventually faded from fashion as the digital era loomed, has a chance for a rebirth at the hands of a dude who clearly appreciates it.
Third Man Records has a June 25th release for three very special live records – The Shins, The Kills, and Seasick Steve – and they are the first three releases recorded live using Third Man’s one-of-a-kind direct-to-acetate recording process. Without overdubs or editing, all three records were recorded at the Third Man Blue Room last October, mixed in real time on a Rupert Neve 5008 console by Grammy Award winning engineer Vance Powell, and instantly cut to vinyl by master cutter George Ingram using a 1953 Scully Lathe that previously churned out masters for Cincinnati’s legendary King Records (the story goes that James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s World “was cut on this lathe among many more great sides).
Third Man is the only live venue in the world where artists can record their performance direct-to-acetate. Check out the Lathe room in all its groove-carving beauty in this behind-the-scenes video featuring Seasick Steve:
The good people at Third Man believe that this new/old method of recording is as honest as it gets, bringing listeners as close to the experience of the performance as possible (of course, that is until their talented team of engineers and tinkerers manage to gather all the necessary parts to get their time machine and teletransporter back up and running.)
The Shins, The Kills and Seasick Steve Live at Third Man 12″ records will be available June 25t via the website (http://thirdmanstore.com) and at Third Man Records in Nashville. The Black & Blue split-color vinyl, available only to those who attended the corresponding show and pre-ordered at the time, will be available for pick-up at the Nashville store beginning on release date.