Nine Inch NailsThe Downward Spiral

Label:Nothing Records – STPR 5509, Nothing Records – PR 5509, Interscope Records – STPR 5509, Interscope Records – PR 5509, TVT Records – STPR 5509, TVT Records – PR 5509
Series:NIN – halo eight
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Promo, Gatefold
Genre:Electronic, Rock


A1Mr. Self Destruct
Guitar [Texture Generating Guitars]Adrian Belew
A4March Of The Pigs
Drum Programming [Special Hi-hat Programming]Flood
B3The Becoming
Guitar [Ring Mod Guitar]Adrian Belew
Synthesizer [Arp 2600]Flood
C1I Do Not Want This
Drums [Drum Performance]Stephen Perkins
Drums [Drum Treatments]Flood, Trent Reznor
C2Big Man With A Gun
Engineer [Mixing Engineer]Bill Kennedy, Sean Beavan
Guitar [Additional Guitars]Danny Lohner
Other [Steakhouse]Tommy Lee
C3A Warm Place
D2The Downward Spiral
DrumsChris Vrenna
Mixed ByTrent Reznor

Companies, etc.



Lyrics are printed on inner sleeves, has gatefold cover, labels say "for promotional use only."

Limited to about 3,000 Copies.
"The label sent about 10 pieces each to about 300 different retailers..."
Billboard Magazine Apr 23, 1994 Pg 68

Halo Eight

The intro to D1 'Reptile' is at the end of C4 'Eraser' and fades out.

Adrian Belew appears courtesy of Caroline Records
Stephen Perkins appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Nine Inch Nails live: 1994-1996 Robin Finck, Danny Lohner, Chris Vrenna, James Wooley

Thank you: Interscope, Jimmy Iovine; Silvia Garcia; Susie Tallman; Peter Christopherson; Rick Rubin; Missy Worth; Brian Warner and Marilyn Manson; Brian Liesegang; the temporarily displaced Richard Bugg; Coco-Puff; Scott Hasson, Mark Tindle, Mike Morongell, Shelly Yakus and A&M; Cally, Jamie Spencer, Marc Marot, Chris Blackwell and Island UK; Paul Connolly; Alex Kochan; Ian Flooks; Mark Blasquez; Sean Wihelmsen and Nadine's; Opcode Systems; Pat Stolpz, Martin Arthurs and Amek; Joseph Cultice; Handy Andy; Marina Chavez; Walter Cessna; Tina Montalbano; Carol Davis

We miss you Jeff Ward

© 1994 Leaving Hope / TVT Music, Inc., ASCAP

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): STPR 5509 A 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): STPR 5509 B 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): STPR 5509 C-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): STPR 5509 D 1
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 159)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Downward Spiral (LP, Picture Disc, Album, Limited Edition, Unofficial Release)Nothing Records (4)522 126-2 PLP1994
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The Downward Spiral (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)Island Records, TVT Records, Nothing RecordsILPSD 8012, 522 126-1UK1994
The Downward Spiral (CD, Album, Slipcase)Nothing Records, Island Records, TVT Records74321 19348 2Europe1994
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The Downward Spiral (Cassette, Album, SR, ooooooo, Dolby HX Pro, S NR)Interscope Records, Interscope Records, Nothing Records, Nothing Records, TVT Records, TVT Records92346-4, 7 92346-4US1994
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The Downward Spiral (CD, Album, Slipcase)Nothing Records, Interscope Records, TVT Records, Atlantic654492346-2, 6544923462Australia1994


  • VinylGr00ves69's avatar
    One of the best pressings in my collection, a must have for any NIN fan.
    • SmokeMSJ's avatar
      Vastly underpriced at $200.
      Take it from someone who actually lived during this era…
      This vinyl was impossible to find in 1994.
      I doubt there is more than 1,500 of this press currently left on this planet.
      10-1, half the people on Discogs just clicked “Own” on this and didn’t actually verify the matrix.
      • Atodaso's avatar
        Maybe the best version of this album I have heard. Sound is fantastically dynamic.
        • Unclephil51's avatar
          Not sure how nobody has commented on the sound quality yet, but this was compared by me side to side to the crappy 2017 definitive edition and the UK copy and this blows them away. So much bass it rattles my roof. So clear and sharp sounding on songs like Hurt or piggy. Closer is awful when played loud because it has so much bass and I hear more rattling and house noises than the music… but I love it. Very clear and loud sounding record. Only thing I would change is the mix of closer.
          • jedimindsick's avatar
            If anyone has the letter and needs a couple of bucks, hmu
            • Danielof03's avatar
              Just noticed mine doesn’t have the parental advisory tag on the cover. Does anyone else have a jacket like that?
              • aphexacid's avatar
                Just got a copy of this. I see the US promo is pressed by specialty. I’ll have to do an A/B comparison with my UK copy by DFI
                • Ahfack's avatar
                  Edited one year ago
                  Finally found what seems like a definitive number on these. Looks like it's about 3k since ~10 were sent to ~300 retailers as promotional items, but some just sold them instead. Billboard Magazine Apr 23, 1994 Pg 68 - Paragraph starts at the bottom of the middle column. Can look it up on google books.
                  • JCoop's avatar
                    Can someone tell me if this US press from 1994 has the catalog numbers printed on the spine?
                    • LFB3's avatar
                      When I got my copy in '94, I was told that there were only 1,000 of these in existence.



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