Always desperately seeking the next profit-boosting lifeline, the record industry is getting all worked up about the “vinyl revival”. While sales of CDs and downloads have been falling, those shiny black circles, once believed defunct, have been enjoying an upward surge. Tesco has even taken the bizarre decision to stock a triple LP by Iron Maiden. Don’t get too excited, though. Vinyl apparently now makes up about three per cent of UK record sales, and while this is clearly an improvement on the 0.1 per cent share vinyl dwindled to in 2007, we’re not looking at the imminent death of Spotify and iTunes here.
Anyway, as far as Pete Hutchison of the Electric Recording Company is concerned, all this is beside the point. Hutchison’s company specialises in vinyl, but only of the most exquisite and rarefied kind. The Electric Recording Company isn’t interested in bashing out a quick vinyl knock-off of some pop or club hit, but instead applies a fanatical connoisseur’s dedication to recreating some of the most prestigious recordings of the 1950s and ’60s, a period when, as the company’s website puts it, “analogue sound recording was in its technological pomp.” Hutchison wants to recapture the authentic sound from the original tapes, with no 21st-century gloss applied.
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