Thursday, September 15, 2011

On the mutability of the past

Listening to my vinyl Rykodisc Hendrix Live At Winterland and reading about Experience Hendrix's recent four CD/eight LP reish of those shows, as well as the expanded In the West that's out at the same time.

Turns out that they've substituted different performances for the February '69 Royal Albert Hall versions of "Little Wing" and "Voodoo Chile" that were my favorite things on the 'riginal In the West -- perhaps indicative (if only on a wishful-thinking level) that the Estate is getting closer to regaining the rights to the film of the Albert Hall show, paving the way for a DVD release that'd suit me fine.

For the time being, I'm just glad to have those two songs (my introduction to them, two decades before battalions of SRV clones would render 'em almost unlistenable to these feedback-scorched ears) on the semi-legit More Experience LP. Editing F/X render the 'riginal Albert Hall film clips of "Little Wing" on Youtube unwatchable, but you can at least hear the audio track here, and hope that whatever Experience Hendrix winds up releasing will be easier on the eye.


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