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  • Audio CD (Sept. 13 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0055IU3WW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Shikata TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 15 2011
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although i am very happy to own this newly remastered CD of 'in the west' .....

there a few things potential purchasers should know ...

if you grew up with this LP, then you will definitely notice a difference.

for me, the most memorable tracks off the original LP, were the incredible versions of 'little wing', 'red house', and 'voodoo child (slight return)'

this new CD has replaced 'little wing' and 'voodoo child (slight return) from the fantastic original (royal albert hall performances - which were originally mislabeled as being sourced from a san diego show) to .....

'little wing' - winterland oct 12, 1968
'voodoo child (slight return) - san diego may 25 1969

this cosmically laid back winterland version of 'little wing' is also on the newly released 'winterland boxset' ... so i find it an odd choice for 'in the west'

all that aside, if you own the 'jimi hendrix experience' boxset, you will find the original 'in the west' live performances of the two songs mentioned above,(royal albert hall) as well as the same insane version of 'red house' (san diego) ....

tracks have been added to this CD, 'i don't live today', 'spanish castle magic' and 'fire' (all from the san diego may 25, 1969 show) are a welcome addition ...... and for me make this new cd worth having.

4 stars because it would've been nice to have the CD reflect the album i grew up with ... it would've been nice if they simply added to this release, instead of substituting different tracks.
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It is nice to have remastered releases, especially in 24 bit, to give the best reproduction of the original recordings, However, there is usually merit in maintaining the original mix and sound filtering, as these contributed much to the original success. This was done fairly well in the latest remaster of Deep Purple's, Made in Japan.
Mr. Kramer achieved a wonderful tone quality in the original release that brought out Hendrix's guitar and gave a great presence to the material. The higher frequency and dynamic range of current CD technology does improve the clarity, but sometimes the magic of a good engineer is required to bring out that presence.
My other problem with this release is the addition of the new songs. I remember the original LP got up to the top ten during its release in the early 70s. This current version would never get close to that, because the mediocre additional songs drag down the overall quality. I understand that the Royal Albert songs had to be pulled from the album way back for legal reasons; however those two songs have been released in the Are You Experienced box set, so why couldn't they be put back in this latest "In the West"?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David G Johannesson on Sept. 15 2011
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I agree with the previous comment here, buyers definately should beware. This is a good package, but it is not an exact version of the original vinyl record, if that's what you were looking for (and I most certainly was). Although it is nice to have some bonus performances, I was quite disappointed in the version of "Little Wing", it is much less inspired than the version on the original "In The West", and as mentioned, has been released elsewhere. I can't imagine why they didn't just include all the original tracks with some extras, as that's what the title would suggest. Instead, this is a re-visited compilation, and a misleading one at that, considering that the original versions of "Little Wing" and "Voodoo Child (slight return)" were quite definitive, and integral to the the original album.
Still, it is hard to rate this any less than 4 stars, given that this is the first digital release (to my knowledge anyways) of what may be the ultimate performance of "Red House". It is an absolutely astonishing performance, a thirteen minute tour de force, featuring the original Experience at the top of their game. I doubt they ever played any better than this, and as such, this is a must have release, for that track alone. I just wish that the original tracks were left intact, as that's what Hendrix fans have been requesting all these years. Luckily, my original vinyl copy is still mint!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Good bet for a single live Hendrix CD Sept. 13 2011
By jlabel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Amazon's price of $9.00 is very low considering the quality of the performances on this disk, newly mastered and finally released today on CD for the first time in the States. Originally released in 1972, In The West was the first Hendrix live album to showcase his work with both versions of the Experience as opposed to the Band of Gypsys. Back then, Eddie Kramer was given the daunting task of quickly recreating a Hendrix concert from a great variety of source material. The result was uneven, but some of the performances remain among the greatest examples of his amazing live work 40 years later ( Red House and Johnny B. Goode). With a single CD running nearly twice as long as a single LP, Kramer finally has achieved his goal with this remake, by filling the extra space with more great material, including Hendrix's best version of I Don't Live Today and a steller Spanish Castle Magic.

Other than the nice packaging job, great sound and low price there are two other notable changes from the original package. First is the exclusion of two first-rate performances culled from the 69-02-24 Albert Hall-London show. These songs, Little Wing and Voodoo Child: Slight Return, are probably the best versions ever recorded. They were incorrectly listed on the album cover as being from San Diego 69-5-31. These were replaced on the new release by the lesser quality but still excellent Winterland and San Diego versions. This makes perfect sense when you consider that the superior Albert Hall show has been in the works at Experience Hendrix for some time, and I expect due to the fact that it may ultimately be released in combination with a film, (like what was done with the 70-08-30 Isle Of Wight concert) I expect we will have to wait at least another year for that one.

The second main difference is the inclusion of several outstanding extra tracks from the San Diego 69-5-31 show, formerly released in the late 80's as part of the Stages live box. Indeed, San Diego was the highlight of this four CD set, the other 3 full concerts marred by poor sound or lackluster performance. Putting so many of these San Diego songs together on In the West may tell us that Experience Hendrix may have decided not to release San Diego 69-5-31 on its own any time soon. I am happy to have these newer versions even though they are edited in places. Finally releasing "In The West" on CD was a no-brainer considering the demand for live Hendrix, especially from younger fans who haven't heard much of the really great stuff beyond Monterey, Woodstock, Fillmore East and the sub-par Isle of Wight.

Today also marks the release of a 4-5 CD box of 3 nights at Winterland in 1968, a great gift to folks like me who have snatched up every Hendrix album over the years, including the stuff that never should have seen the light of day. For the non-hard core fans, the new version of Hendrix: In The West is a great way to expand your collection beyond the essential studio albums.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Album Good - Reissue Bad Sept. 23 2011
By Dennis Poggenburg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yes, this is a fine collection of live tracks, with a TOWERING version of "Red House", a stunning "Spanish Castle Magic" (added for this release), and the best "Johnny B Goode" Jimi ever played (from the Berkeley Community Theatre).

As a REISSUE, however, I marvel at the weird logic in play here, centering around why the powers that be substituted an INFERIOR version of Little Wing? If you're going to reissue "Hendrix in the West," AT LEAST include the tracks on the original album!!!

It doesn't matter that the original album's "Little Wing" came from the Royal Albert Hall (not exactly "the West" as we think of it). What matters is that THAT version is a) the best live rendition Jimi ever did (his most lyrical playing, which surpasses even the original studio cut), and b) THAT was the one on the original album. And that version is ONE of the reasons why the original "Hendrix in the West" is so special.

On behalf of people who value the long out of print original LP and CD (in sufficient numbers that it was obviously thought to be worth reissuing), or people who want to HEAR the original because they can't find or afford the originals, I'm stupefied when a substitution is made like this. (By the way, they also rearranged the track order. Note to reissuers: including the ORIGINAL tracks used, AND the order in which they were originally presented, actually matters. Each contributes towards shaping the listeners' experience with, and perception, of the work).

In the future, please: just create a new compilation using some other theme or concept. The Hendrix Estate is doing a swell job with that. And I'll buy it.

But DO NOT present an out of print title like this without, AT A MINIMUM, including ALL of the tracks that make the record worth reissuing in the first place. (P.S., bonus tracks are fine, you can always program around them if they upset the flow).
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
At some point, we're going to run out of Hendrix tapes Sept. 14 2011
By o dubhthaigh - Published on Amazon.com
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.. but until such time, YIHAAAA! This guy could play. He wasn't just the best ever, he still is. It's like Trane or Miles. One might carp about this point or that, but you simply can not deny that such artists changed everything. The entire landscape. Hendrix's aura may have been romantically enhanced by dying young (and stupidly) but cast that aside and look at his work. Only Trane measures up in the way the man took a tradition, enhanced it in its own metre, and then took the entire trajectory elsewhere. It was in his finger work - the man had extraordinary hands, like Rachmaninoff - and it was in his intellectual commitiment and passionate devotion to his craft, to Music itself. A number of the tracks here I've had on Experience Hendrix Live releases, but they all sound better. There is more definition here, and as an assembly they give you a cross section of Hendrix's humour as well as his power. No doubt he must have been a charmer off stage. The genuine sincerity comes through in the music and that's not something you simply effect. A lot of what is on offer here is Jimi working in the lab - only it's live, with no safety net, no blowout wall. The results are astounding and inspiring. Coltrane's 4 disc Live in Japan, or his 2 stints at the Village Vanguard are the only comparisons that come to mind. If you are a fan of Jimi I'm preaching to the choir. If you're wondering what the fuss was all about - here you go. These efforts do underscore what a dirty rotten crime it was that he died at 27. But let's be honest, we should be grateful for what he offered all of us, and we can only stand in awe of where he might have gone with us, just like Coltrane.
40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Hendrix in the West - great album, ...but pricey Jan. 10 2009
By if6were9 - Published on Amazon.com
Unlike the other reviewer, I do not have every single Hendrix recording ever made ...but I have A LOT ... and this is one of the very best. Despite his low rating he agrees that the music on this CD is great. "In The West" is a collection of live performances originally released on vinyl not long after Hendrix's death. Because it was early, it contains some of Hendrix's very best live music. Most, if not all, of this material is now available on other concert CDs - so it a sort of a "best of" Hendrix live CD. Many hard core collectors will balk at paying such a high price for material they already have. Not me.

I remembered the original LP fondly and was happy to pay nearly $39 to get it again on CD. Others may think that too much to pay for 8 songs no matter how good they are, which I can understand. If you want a bargain, buy "Stages" (still available for about $60) which gives you 4 concerts from 4 years on 4 CDs (I highly recommend "Stages" too). But if you prefer a tighter set of great live Hendrix songs, this is it. In my opinion "In the West" is the best Hendrix live album. It is more upbeat, more fun, and rocks harder than "Band Of Gypsys". I love it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
And the man with the guitar........ Sept. 19 2011
By Feedback68 - Published on Amazon.com
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First off all just for the record, I still have my vinyl "Hendrix In The West" I saved up to buy in 1984.

Anyone with a passing interest in Hendrix knows the Royal Albert Hall minefield, i.e. the supreme live versions of Little wing and Voodoo Child (Slight Return) not being available on this new release as they were on 1972s Hendrix In The West.

Does that mean you take a huff and hand out 2 or 3 stars for this release?

This is an absolute brilliant collection of Hendrix live shows. In the early 80s, a collection like this was just a dream.

Two words-San Diego. His San diego show was as impressive as the Royal Albert hall, with easily the best ever live versions of Spanish Castle Magic, Red House and I Dont Live Today (The feedback, the insertion of notes from "The Star Spangled Banner" and some great improvisational riffs all add up to a superior performance).
Add in Berkeleys, Johnny B. Goode, Lover Man, and soundcheck Blue Suede Shoes and you have the ultimate live guitar album in pristine sound.

Mixing at Electric Lady studios, production by original engineer Eddie Kramer, and a well presented glossy booklet with notes and original photos makes this for me, even without the original live versions, possibly even better than the original.

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