A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
We’re still surprised at how well recorded the album is, and a pressing like this allows you to really hear the live Jimi Guitar God Magic.
Rock and roll Legend EDDIE KRAMER, the man who engineered these live recordings, really knocked it out of the park. Drop the needle on Little Wing and you are going to be FLOORED.
It’s hard for me to understand why this album isn’t more widely known. The performances are great and the sound is excellent for vintage live recordings such as these. Since the Hendrix studio albums tend to leave a lot to be desired in terms of sonics, it was a real treat to hear how amazing this one can sound.
We played one of these a few years back and were absolutely blown away by the sound on Little Wing, so we collected a ton of them and put ’em to the test. As the recordings are culled from different concerts the sound varies a bit from track to track, but every track on here sounds good and the best tracks sound amazing
Of course, not every copy sounds this good. We heard a lot of pressings with too much grit and grain, and many that badly lacked presence. When I play a live album, I want to feel like I am there at the show (and set the volume accordingly, of course) but with the average copy that just isn’t possible.
This one has Jimi playing live in your listening room, and what a thrill it is to hear it all these years later.
Side one is open and transparent with lots of separation between the parts. The first track, Johnny B. Goode, never sounds that great but the version of Lover Man that follows KILLS on this copy. There’s a ton of energy and the tonal balance is spot on. The smearing and veiling we became accustomed to were nowhere to be found on this pressing.
Side two is even better — rich, warm and full-bodied with a seriously strong bottom end. Like we said, drop the needle on Little Wing and you are going to be FLOORED.
Johnny B. Goode
Blue Suede Shoes
The Queen (British National Anthem) / Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Hendrix in the West is a collection of extremely good live Hendrix performances between 1968-1970. Three different concerts are sampled on this 1972 Polydor/Reprise release, one of the few official live Hendrix releases following his death. Standouts include “Red House” and “Voodoo Chile” from the San Diego Sports Arena, a great rendition of “Blue Suede Shoes” from the Berkeley Community Center, and the brief but entertaining coupling of “God Save the Queen” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” from the Isle of Wight.