May 28, 2013
Probably the most expensive record ever made.
Peacefrog label head and certified audiophile Pete Hutchison has embarked on an ambitious mission to create the “best-sounding records in the world” with his new label the The Electric Recording Company by reissuing golden era classical recordings using all-analogue technology from the 50’s and 60’s.
Driven by a passion for rare vinyl and a keen ear for aural quality, Hutchison and veteran sound engineer Sean Davies have painstakingly restored the vintage recording and mastering equipment needed to make the truest possible reproductions of classical recordings that bypass cheaper, more contemporary methods of vinyl production by going right back to the source.
However, on the brink of releasing the first all-valve stereo cut for almost fifty years, Hutchison’s initial mono releases have attracted attention for more than just their attention to detail, with a seven disc Mozart boxset demanding a £2,495 price tag.
With the sleeve and artwork sourced from the 1950’s and a liner booklet which took a year to assemble, Hutchison told The Observer that his limited editions stand for much more than just the audio quality: “It’s not really just about vinyl, it’s about a whole philosophy: it’s the aesthetic, it’s the sound, it’s everything.” It may also be the only thing you’ll buy all year. [via The Guardian]
Watch the video below to get an idea of just how exclusive these recordings are: