· NRP, Inc.
· NRP MASTERING
Founded by Lima, OH native Kenneth R. Place in 1964, incorporated in 1966, in their earlier days they were a full service production company, handling entire record projects from start to finish. NRP never had record pressing in house, instead a number of pressing plants were used: United, Dixie, Precision, Archer, Atwell. Their client base included many famous labels: Motown (10), Hit (15), SSS (113), Monument (125), Paula (127), Dover (86), SO (5), PRP (161) SON (18) and small independant Detroit labels often had either 77 or 95.
They used "Matrix of Nashville" stampers, so the "Nashville Matrix" stamp can also to be found in the deadwax. See Nashville Matrix for these stamper and/or metal parts credits.
Records mastered at NRP have a unique 4 or 5 digit "NR" number in the runout area and / or on the labels (usually the same number on both sides). This number can be used to date releases that otherwise don't have a printed date. You can add the main number in the corresponding LCCN Catalog Number field.
The cut-over from 4 to 5 digits was in 1978. Much earlier releases may have 3 or less digits, but none are yet documented here.
Releases with "NRP" or similar in the matrix, but no NR number were mastered / cut at the plant.
Mastering / cutting engineers include:
Doug Lawrence (2) (JDL/NRP - may appear as _D_)
George Ingram (GEO/NRP or GI/NRP)
John Eberle (JE/NRP)
Larry Boden (LB/NRP)
Wes Garland (WG/NRP)