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Hendrix In The West will be reissued as an expanded single disc featuring five additional, previously unavailable performances. 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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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.Read more ›
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).
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When this album came out in 1974 I was blown away. At last I got the chance to really hear what Hendrix was like in concert. Amazing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by agent_cant_name
This album was re-released on September 13, 2011 as part of the Hendrix family's project to remaster Hendrix's discography. Read morePublished 6 months ago by william A. Bermudez
I do love the CD but I wish it was the exact same tracks as the original vinyl released in 1970s. Voodoo Chile and Little Wing have been studio'd (altered) on this mediaPublished 6 months ago by Ken
The Reprise edition is a tighter, more satisfying album. Still, the additional material is well appreciated. I listen to albums not individual songs.Published 7 months ago by Michael M. Dickman
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|Update on the music on the new Hendrix in the West||
Here's the Track list from Jimihendrix.com on the New LP/CD:
1. The Queen (Recorded Live at the Isle of Wight, August 30, 1970)
2. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Recorded Live at the Isle of Wight, August 30, 1970)
3. Little Wing(Recorded Live at Winterland, October 12, 1968 - 2nd... Read More
Jul 5, 2011 by Walter Five | See all 9 posts
|Maybe only 4 unreleased songs not 5||
The album "In The West" was a posthumous live compilation from 1972. It contains songs from Hendrix's performances at the Royal Albert Hall on February, 24, 1969, the San Diego Sports Arena on May, 24, 1969, Berkeley Community Theatre on May 30, 1970 and the Isle of Wight Festival on... Read More
Jun 21, 2011 by Walter Five | See all 4 posts
|Not original "Little Wing"||Be the first to reply|