12" (black) / test pressing / Original Recordings Group / ORG-032 / made in USA (RTI) / 2009.03.09

The test pressing is for the first Original Recordings Group pressing, manufactured in the USA by Record Technology Incorporated (RTI). [1] Later pressings on ORG Music were manufactured in Germany by Pallas in 2010 and 2011.

The test pressing came in an inner plastic sleeve inside a white cardboard sleeve sealed in loose plastic. The side A label is a generic RTI label, while the side B label is plain white. The date and catalog number were stamped on the sleeve and on side A.

The lacquers were cut in 2009 at Bernie Grundman Mastering [1]. Whether "BG" in the matrix codes identifies Grundman personally as the cutting engineer or the company in general, is unknown. The cutting engineer also wrote the catalog numbers. Both these parts are handwritten. The metal plates were processed by RTI in the USA [1], which added, handwritten, "18200.1/2(3)" to the lacquers before plating them. The number is their internal job number, and also specifies the plating process, the three-step process [2].

There are two slightly different test pressings for the first release. They are sourced from the same cut, because the matrix codes are completely identical. The only difference is the stamped date. The second version is dated 2009.03.31. It is not known for certain why the records were pressed on two different dates. They could have pressed such a large quantity of records from the stampers made from the first pair of mothers, that they had to make a new pair of mothers which also had to be tested.


Side A
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit - 
  • In Bloom - 
  • Come As You Are - 
  • Breed - 
  • Lithium - 
  • Polly
Side B
  • Territorial Pissings - 
  • Drain You - 
  • Lounge Act - 
  • Stay Away - 
  • On A Plain - 
  • Something In The Way


Side A
BG   ORG 032-A   18200.1(3)···
Side B
BG   ORG 032-B   18200.2(3)···

Sleeve detail
1. Sleeve detail

Side A
2. Side A

Side B
3. Side B