INTRODUCING CRAFT “SMALL BATCH” SERIES

CURATED, HISTORIC, LIMITED-EDITION AUDIOPHILE VINYL REISSUES

THE HIGHEST QUALITY LISTENING EXPERIENCE

Craft Recordings is thrilled to announce our Small Batch series—a carefully curated audiophile collection that is devoted to creating the highest quality vinyl reissues of legendary recordings from our vast catalog. Each album selected for the series will undergo all-analog mastering, and then be pressed on 180-gram vinyl in a one-step lacquer process—as opposed to the standard three-step process—allowing for the highest level of musical detail, clarity, and dynamics while reducing the amount of surface noise on the record. The limited nature of these pressings guarantees that each record is a true representation of the original lacquer and is as close as the listener can get to the original recording.

Each Craft Small Batch release, available exclusively on craftrecordings.com, will be individually numbered and housed in a foil-stamped, linen-wrapped slipcase featuring an acrylic inset of the original artwork. The vinyl disc—extractable through a unique frictionless ribbon pull tab—will be housed in paper-wrapped reproduction of the original album jacket, protected by an archival-quality, anti-static, non-scratching inner sleeve <expand packaging details>. New liner notes from some of music’s best educators, historians, and journalists will accompany each title.

Lush Life

Launching the Small Batch series will be John Coltrane’s iconic 1961 album, Lush Life, available on March 6 and limited to 1000 copies. For this reissue, the original tapes—recorded live at Rudy Van Gelder’s Hackensack, NJ studios—were sent to mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, who utilized a custom tube pre-amp and analog mixing console with discreet electronics—both made in-house—as well as a Scully solid-state lathe with custom electronics. “When it comes to jazz, all you want to do is present the music in a good way. No gimmicks. No extra compression. Just the pure instruments,” explains Grundman. “We’re taking these old tapes and playing them off of equipment that’s similar to what they were recorded on. We want to preserve the sound as much as we can. My goal is to do all of this by hand as it’s playing. It takes a lot of preparation. It takes choreographing.” In the end, Grundman says, “It’s all about trying to optimize the experience for the listener.” Grundman’s lacquers were then sent to Record Technology Incorporated (RTI) for plating using the plant’s one-step process, as described above, where the lacquers are used to create a “convert” that becomes the record stamper. Utilizing Neotech’s VR900 compound, Lush Life was then pressed on to 180-gram vinyl.

ALL-ANALOG MASTERING AND UNIQUE ONE-STEP LACQUER PROCESSES OFFER THE HIGHEST QUALITY LISTENING EXPERIENCE

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MASTERING PROCESS

Bernie Grundman - talking through the one step process, and his approach.