Hendrix in the West AUS-Import
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Digitally remastered and expanded edition includes five bonus tracks. Consisting of live material recorded at venues ranging from the Berkeley Community Theatre and the San Diego Sports Arena to the Isle of Wight Festival, Hendrix In The West captures the guitarist exploring new directions in sound during 1969-70. Robert Christgau, the Dean of American Rock Critics, called Hendrix's versions of "Red House" and, "Johnny B. Goode" on this album "definitive." Out of print in the US since 1974 and for more than two decades internationally, Hendrix In The West, has remained one of the most requested albums by fans to return to the commercial marketplace. The album's iconic cover features a classic Jim Marshall photograph of the guitarist and the twenty-four page book is filled with rare and previously unseen images captured by Marshall's distinctive lens.
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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!
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"?
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.
Particularly the Guitar on Little Wing is one of my particular favourites. Also Red House and Johnny B. Goode as well aa I Don't Live Today. Many of these song are hard to find elsewhere