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Bulger's Beat: Nashville plant still churning demand for LPs

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We may be living in a CD, mp3, iPod world, but those big vinyl record LPs won't go away.

As we found out, not everyone who makes music in Nashville does it with a guitar and a microphone. At United Record Pressing plant here in town, they turn out 30,000 records a day in what you could consider the old-fashioned way.

The spin of that turntable has heads spinning these days in the music world.

Vinyl is vibrant again.

Since 1949 United Record Pressing near Greer Stadium downtown has turned out the hits.

Sounds from The King and The King of Pop have been pieced and put together here.

All of it goes on vinyl, but it's not a nod to nostalgia. Now it's Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber records that come alive in the factory where demand for vinyl has increased every year, for the past ten.

"It's not something you're gonna' put on while you're doing the dishes," said Jay Millar, Director of Marketing at United Record Pressing.

Millar figures if music for you is just background sound, stick with the convenience of mp3s.

An LP may require more, but it gives more.

"There's something about the needle touching the record that just has this sound, and this warmth," Millar said. "And I like the ritual of it. I like that you pay attention to it. Even if it's only to know when it's time to flip it, you're gonna' pay attention. And the fact that you're interacting with it, it's more personal."

Record players aren't dead either.

You don't have to restore some relic buried in your basement. They're back, brand new at places like Wal-Mart, Target and Urban Outfitters.

It's all good news for the presses at United of Nashville, where the hits just keep on coming.

United Record Pressing is the largest vinyl record making factory in the country right now.

Seventy employees are a part of this Music City operation. The workers may never win a Grammy, or get a standing ovation, but music lovers should at least consider the important part they play in delivering the music to us.

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