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    https://www.jimihendrix.com/electric-ladyland-50/

    Great news for music lovers, the Hendrix Estate has announced the release of a 3CD/Blu Ray or 6LP/Blu Ray edition of one of the greatest albums of all time. You can read more on the website, but the set features the original album, plus a soundboard recorded show from the Hollywood Bowl in 1968 and a disc of demos and rarities. The Blue Ray is a documentary plus a 5.1 mix.

    The music has been remastered by Bernie Grundman , so it should sound better than ever; and after 50 years, the cover which Jimi designed and requested be used, has been used.

    I know what my Christmas present will be...

    Plus a Blu Ray player to watch the documentary as we don't have one.

    Geoff


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    Originally posted by Geoff Millar View Post
    https://www.jimihendrix.com/electric-ladyland-50/

    Great news for music lovers, the Hendrix Estate has announced the release of a 3CD/Blu Ray or 6LP/Blu Ray edition of one of the greatest albums of all time. You can read more on the website, but the set features the original album, plus a soundboard recorded show from the Hollywood Bowl in 1968 and a disc of demos and rarities. The Blue Ray is a documentary plus a 5.1 mix.

    The music has been remastered by Bernie Grundman , so it should sound better than ever; and after 50 years, the cover which Jimi designed and requested be used, has been used.

    I know what my Christmas present will be...

    Plus a Blu Ray player to watch the documentary as we don't have one.

    Geoff
    Put me down for one.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by AEIOU View Post

      Put me down for one.
      I just hope the sound, like the cover, is what Jimi wanted: he said after its original release that he'd 'mixed and mixed and mixed and got a beautiful 3D sound but it was lost in the cutting'. Some CD issues of the album were full of hiss and noise and even had the wrong running order on the discs! None had the right cover.

      Bernie Grundman knows his stuff, though and his remasters of the last few Hendrix releases have had the music sounding better than ever. Comparing his work on the recent re-issues 'Cry of Love' and 'Rainbow Bridge' to the same tracks on 'First Rays of the New Rising Sun' reveals a slightly richer bass and warmer sound, at least on my system.

      Some of the tracks on the acoustic demo and rarities disc has been released, albeit many years ago with a comic like hardback biography, but the Hollywood soundboard hasn't even been bootlegged as far as I recall.

      Now for the wait!

      Geoff

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Geoff Millar View Post

        I just hope the sound, like the cover, is what Jimi wanted: he said after its original release that he'd 'mixed and mixed and mixed and got a beautiful 3D sound but it was lost in the cutting'. Some CD issues of the album were full of hiss and noise and even had the wrong running order on the discs! None had the right cover.

        Bernie Grundman knows his stuff, though and his remasters of the last few Hendrix releases have had the music sounding better than ever. Comparing his work on the recent re-issues 'Cry of Love' and 'Rainbow Bridge' to the same tracks on 'First Rays of the New Rising Sun' reveals a slightly richer bass and warmer sound, at least on my system.

        Some of the tracks on the acoustic demo and rarities disc has been released, albeit many years ago with a comic like hardback biography, but the Hollywood soundboard hasn't even been bootlegged as far as I recall.

        Now for the wait!

        Geoff
        Interestingly, I was sorting through my seldom listened collection of vinyl LPs and I had a look at my very old copy of Rainbow Bridge. Now that I have it on CD, I'll likely never listen to the LP again.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by AEIOU View Post

          Interestingly, I was sorting through my seldom listened collection of vinyl LPs and I had a look at my very old copy of Rainbow Bridge. Now that I have it on CD, I'll likely never listen to the LP again.
          Agreed, although the LP has better and the original artwork. Without re-starting the whole analog/digital/ LP/CD debate, my LP sounds thin in the bass and just isn't as enjoyable as the CDs. This might be because they're Oz pressings and not the US version, who knows?

          Apparently, the Estate is preparing a documentary about the Rainbow Bridge film and concert, but the show (about 20 mins, in poor sound) was the only worthwhile thing about the film.

          Geoff

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Geoff Millar View Post

            Agreed, although the LP has better and the original artwork. Without re-starting the whole analog/digital/ LP/CD debate, my LP sounds thin in the bass and just isn't as enjoyable as the CDs. This might be because they're Oz pressings and not the US version, who knows?

            Apparently, the Estate is preparing a documentary about the Rainbow Bridge film and concert, but the show (about 20 mins, in poor sound) was the only worthwhile thing about the film.

            Geoff
            I remember seeing the Rainbow Bridge movie at my local movie theater, way back in my high school days, the theater was packed and I was probably the biggest Hendrix fan there.

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              • #8
                !!

                Geoff

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                • #9
                  My copy of this arrived today, a few preliminary comments:

                  the sound of the original album has been slightly improved, with Bernie Grundman's remastering gjving a little more depth to the sound as per his efforts on Cry of Love and Rainbow Bridge. Bass is a bit richer, but not dramatically so. if you're only after the original album, the 2009 remaster will be OK. It's not a remix but the remastered sound on Voodoo Chile and Rainy Day in particular is great.

                  The hotel demos and 'work in progress' takes are fascinating; many have been available on bootlegs, but never in such relatively good sound. Not hi fi but eminently listenable. Whether you will listen to them much - I will - is a moot point but they add much to the picture of the man and his music. Of course, they were never intended for public release.

                  Fanatics will note that the Estate has many more outtakes than are presented here, for example, there is a fascinating bootleg album which just consists of takes of Voodoo Chile (Slight Return).

                  The previously unreleased 1968 Hollywood Bowl show is a rough soundboard recording with some distortion on the vocals on the last few tracks, but you can hear all the instruments and it's an enjoyable show; maybe not up to Winterland standards either sound or performance wise, but you get versions of Little Wing and Are You Experienced, which were relatively rare live numbers.

                  The package is great, a large hardback book, almost the size of an LP, with 48 pages of notes, rare photos, Jimi's handwritten lyrics and commentary from Eddie Kramer, Jimi's main engineer, and others. However, the Linda Eastman (McCartney) cover photo is a bit dark and fuzzy, for some reason.

                  Unfortunately as we don't own a Blu Ray player, I can't comment on the other goodies in this package: the 5.1 mix, the high resolution flat stereo master and the 'making of' documentary. A shorter version of the documentary used to be viewable on Youtube, worth at least one look. But rather sad as almost everyone interviewed has left us.

                  A Blu Ray player will be on my Xmas wish list

                  Highly recommended to music lovers

                  Geoff
                  Last edited by Geoff Millar; 11-21-2018, 05:29 AM.

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