12" (black) / test pressing / Waterfront / DAMP-114 / made in Australia (CBS Records) / 1989

The white label test pressings came in a rounded plastic inner sleeve and a light brown die-cut cardboard sleeve. The test pressings were pressed by CBS Records, Sydney, who manufactured all of Waterfront's vinyl releases at the time [1]. Handwritten titles and catalog numbers on the side A labels were added by the pressing plant workers, two different variations have been found; "DAMP-114 A NIRAVANA" and "W/FRONT SG A NIRAVANA". Nirvana was misspelled by non-English speaking employees [1]. One copy has also been found with blank labels.

One cardboard sleeve came with description of test pressing noise artefacts, also stating that they will not be present on the production run.

Frank Cotterell, co-owner of Waterfront, has given confliciting information regarding the quantity. He once said there were less then ten, and later that there were around 20. Waterfront never kept records of number of pressings for any items, especially not test pressings [1]. The correct number is probably somewhere between ten and 20. Frank had seven test pressings which he sold in 2002 [2], and two before that [3]. A few others have also been on eBay after this. Nine different copies have been confirmed with pictures below.

The ones sold by Frank in 2002 all came with printed and signed letters. Later eBay auctions came with slightly different letters from Frank, which were dated 2003.08.26 and 2004.04.02, and another with a completely handwritten letter, not dated. Another copy from a different seller came with a black and white Nirvana sticker, which was probably added by a later owner.


Side A
  • Blew - 
  • Floyd The Barber - 
  • About A Girl - 
  • School - 
  • Love Buzz - 
  • Paper Cuts
Side B
  • Negative Creep - 
  • Scoff - 
  • Swap Meet - 
  • Mr. Moustache - 
  • Sifting


Side A
DMX  71211   ®2AC
Side B
DMX  71212   ®2C

Copy 1, side A
1. Copy 1, side A

Copy 2, side A
2. Copy 2, side A

Copy 3, side A
3. Copy 3, side A

Copy 4, side A
4. Copy 4, side A

Copy 5, side A
5. Copy 5, side A

Copy 6, side A
6. Copy 6, side A

Copy 7, side A
7. Copy 7, side A

Copy 8, side A
8. Copy 8, side A

Copy 9, sleeve detail
9. Copy 9, sleeve detail

Copy 9, side A
10. Copy 9, side A