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Nirvana – Bleach/Jesse Bernstein Test Pressing

Without a doubt the rarest Nirvana record in existence–the LP test pressing of side B of Nirvana's BLEACH LP and side B of a 4 track, 45 RPM promotional 12" for Steven Jesse Bernstein's album PRISON. According to the definitive Nirvana test pressing website PENNYROYAL 3, only one copy has ever been found of this ultra rarity–until this one surfaced in the collection of former Nirvana & Jesse Bernstein producer Steve Fisk. Evidently Sub Pop Records was remastering Nirvana's BLEACH LP in 1992, and the remastered test pressings (which were on pink vinyl) had a two or three second drop out on the B side. At the same time, they were mastering the Bernstein promotional record, which also had a problem on the B side. They cut new B side lacquers to fix the problem on each record, and since the A side of each was fine, they combined the "fixed" Nirvana and Bernstein B sides on one test pressing. For some reason, the Nirvana remaster (RE-2) on the matrix here) was never used to press albums, with Sub Pop continuing to use stampers from the original 1989 master. There is a detailed explanation of this on the Pennyroyal 3 website ( http://www.crimson-ceremony.net/pr3/testpressings/sp34sp101_test.html ).(br)The matrix of the Nirvana side reads SP 34 B RE 2 L-32926X and the Bernstein side reads SP 101 DJ B RE1 L-39198 X. The disc grades a very clean Near Mint, and comes in it's original clear plastic inner sleeve. As only one of these has surfaced in the 18 years since it was made, this may very well be your only chance to acquire it. SOLD

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