Label: The Electric Recording Company – ERC050S / Riverside Records – 1129
AAA 100% Analogue – 150 Copies Limited Edition – Mastered from the First Generation Analogue Master Tapes
Iconic ” Holy Grail ” Recordings
Limited Edition – Only 300 copies
Bill Evans’ classic “Everybody digs” gets the full valve ERC Stereo treatment courtesy of our uprated Ortofon vintage cutting system featuring bespoke letter pressed artwork unique to the Stereo release. Recorded in December 1958 at Reeves Sound Studios, New York shortly after he left Miles Davis’ group, “Everybody Digs” was the second album to feature Bill Evans as lead. It acts as a reminder of Evans’ trio playing before the celebrated “Sunday At The Village Vanguard” (1961). Instead of near-equal interaction by all three trio members, a supportive team of drummer Philly Joe Jones and bassist Sam Jones provides a non-intrusive backdrop for the featured performer, whose inventions are cast into bolder relief than ever. The silent spaces in the ballads are stark, inviting the listener to supply the missing thought or feeling evoked by the pianist’s pure conceptions; the accompaniment on the up-tempo tunes is a non-obtrusive temporal flow, leaving the floor wide open to the graceful moves of the featured performer. Most memorable is the hauntingly beautiful “Peace Piece” which was to become the template for Miles Davis’s “Flamenco Sketches” and has since become Evans’ most famous historical composition.
At last, collectors, connoisseurs and audiophiles alike can enjoy these enduringly desirable, yet for so long elusive recordings as they were originally intended to be heard, seen and savoured; and without having to re-mortgage their houses to enjoy the privilege.
ERC as it’s known, reissues only from analog tape using a restored all-tube playback and cutting chain, reproducing the cover art with startling accuracy to the original. Most of what ERC reissues are long out of print, highly collectible and expensive to buy recordings.The reissues, pressed in limited numbers, quickly sell out and become collector’s items themselves.Yes, they are expensive but far less so than the originals, and sonics are superb. Whenever I bring one of the Kogans to in-store events, inevitably, a few people upon hearing, want to buy Michael Fremer Analogue Planet
“The Electric Recording Co. has reached a new standard in terms of simple but exceptional sound and reproduction. It cannot be bettered” Record Collector
“It’s not only the music thats extraordinary: the sound is warm, textured, gorgeously nuanced. Save for a few little crackles here and there, it’s perfect” The Observer
“Sadly it is the most expensive record in my collection. Happily it is also by far the best, by any definition of the word that one could choose” Art Dudley – Stereophile
“The Electric Recording Co. records are physically and sonically stunning” Michael Fremer – Analogplanet
“You know you’re in the presence of perfectionism squared” The Economist
“The warmth and clarity of sound can be heard the moment the needle drops into the groove” Diplomat Magazine