Nine Inch Nails Releases Vinyl Reissue Series2 min read

Definitive Edition

Nine Inch Nails have released the first three (Bro­ken, The Down­ward Spi­ral and The Frag­ile) 2017 “Defin­i­tive Edi­tion” Vinyl Reis­sues, which aims to recov­er the mag­ic and beau­ty of the phys­i­cal object.

Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails art direc­tor John Craw­ford set out to make the “defin­i­tive edi­tions” of all the main Nine Inch Nails releas­es on vinyl.  Reznor:  “We want to present the cat­a­log as it was intend­ed to be, with no com­pro­mis­es.  That means a care­ful remas­ter­ing of the audio from the orig­i­nal sources, a care­ful and painstak­ing recre­ation of the art­work, pris­tine mate­ri­als, some sur­pris­es and insane atten­tion to detail that you prob­a­bly won’t notice… but it mat­ters to us.  No extra bull­shit and gim­micks – the “real” records in their truest form avail­able at a rea­son­able price.”

Vinyl Mission Statement

Vinyl has returned to being a pri­or­i­ty for us – not just for the warmth of the sound, but the inter­ac­tion it demands from the lis­ten­er. The can­vas of art­work, the weight of the record, the smell of the vinyl, the drop­ping of the nee­dle, the dif­fi­cul­ty of skip­ping tracks, the chang­ing of sides, the secrets hid­den with­in, and hav­ing a phys­i­cal object that exists in the real world with you… all part of the expe­ri­ence and mag­ic.

Dig­i­tal for­mats and stream­ing are great and cer­tain­ly con­ve­nient, but the ide­al way I’d hope a lis­ten­er expe­ri­ence my music is to grab a great set of head­phones, sit with the vinyl, drop the nee­dle, hold the jack­et in your hands look­ing at the art­work (with your fuck­ing phone turned off) and go on a jour­ney with me.

- Trent Reznor

The first three Defin­i­tive Edi­tions are avail­able for pre­order now in the NIN store (ship­ping spring ’17), with the rest (so far With Teeth, Year Zero, The Slip)to fol­low in ’17.

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