At the end of October, the first of the DVD’s from Experience Hendrix (via Sony) rolled out: The Dick Cavett Show (a 60 minute documentary and both of Hendrix’s appearances – with each program’s opening monologue and original commercials) and “Blue Wild Angel” aka Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight August 1970 (“In it’s original sequence as filmed”, 182 minutes – with 5.1 audio no less! (Really?)
Once Eddie Kramer got back into the fold, I was curious how the Hendrix family would proceed with his catalogue. I got the ‘essential albums’ as Sony / Experience Hendrix CD + DVD 2010 issues (“Are You Experienced”, “Axis: Bold As Love” and “Electric Ladyland”) – all are very acceptable digital versions of those albums. The DVD’s included feature short interviews with mostly Eddie Kramer; alas, no 5.1 mixes).
Sony meanwhile haven’t wasted much time getting other titles to market – “Hendrix In The West” (now with I believe 5 bonus tracks)…what else will they come up with? What else does Experience Hendrix own outright?
I have owned Track Record UK LP versions of most of Hendrix’s original releases for many years now. And I’m still working on the Track 45’s – can’t seem to find ‘em all. Nothing beats the original UK vinyl on many of his releases. Not all of the original 45’s ever made it to LP’s (or CD’s) – “Stone Free” in mono, for instance; the Warner / Reprise “Looney Tunes” sampler version of “Steppin’ Stone” etc.
Given the fact that there seem to be rather a lot of early 70’s titles in 5.1 audio, I am a bit surprised that Eddie Kramer hasn’t come up with decent 5.1 mixes of – at very least – “Electric Ladyland”. To be honest, I do not recall any Hendrix ‘Quad LP’s’…
But it’s nice you can still get his best catalogue albums in 2011, no problem.