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  • Audio CD (1 July 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Castle Communications
  • ASIN: B0000243KM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,424 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jimi Hendrix Experience - Radio One - Cd

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Format: Audio CD
If you don't have at least one Jimi Hendrix album in your CD collection, you really need to rethink your musical priorities. I don't think I need to explain the revolutionary legacy of Hendrix to anyone, so I'll just get right to the content on this particular CD. The year was 1967, and Hendrix's career had just blasted off in the UK, when The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Hendrix, Noel Redding, and Mitch Mitchell) came together for several recording sessions for BBC Radio. You will find a number of Hendrix's most memorable songs in this collection, but they differ from the versions most fans are familiar with. Alongside these more familiar tracks are a number of very interesting covers and blues-oriented recordings, a few of which could and should be considered true rarities.
Appropriately enough, this collection starts out with an anthem song, Stone Free. With the funk established, it's time to jam. Hendrix standards emerging from these early recordings are Fire, Foxy Lady, Purple Haze, and Hey Joe. Hendrix pulls out all of the heavy guitar stops on the short but enervating Killing Floor. This killer track is then followed by what is still, as far as I am aware, the only live version of the classic Love or Confusion. Hendrix's mastery of the guitar is made most evident in a scintillating performance of Drivin' South. I find the background vocals on Wait Until Tomorrow somewhat questionable, but this track is a real treat indeed, as this was a song Hendrix never performed on stage. You get a somewhat light version of Hear My Train a Comin', infused with a lot of interaction with the small studio audience. Spanish Castle Magic is pretty faithful to the later studio version, but this is probably the earliest recording made of this standout song.
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I bought this on Vinyl in the early 90's and updated to CD years later.
The Album was later released in the "BBC Sessions" compilation (1998) a double disc collection including all these tracks

First off it's true that many recordings up up-sampled from mono (no idea why they were not using stereo at the studio) still I never really felt it diminished the appeal of the album.
Looking at the track list you might be forgiven for thinking it's yet another Jimi Hendrix re-hash of mostly the same songs we've heard and know so well.

What's different here though is the playing style, the sound is very improvised (and sounds raw and fresh) Jimi's rendition of Purple Haze, Hey Joe, Foxy Lady, etc sound entirely different to previous versions. Stone free has a more downbeat feel..jagged and darker, Purple Haze is also quite unique and offers an alternative version over the well known cleaner single release.

There are also a few gems in here, Jimi goes into blues mode with "Hoochie Coochie Man" , "Catfish Blues" and "Hear My Train a Comin'" showing his roots and love of the genre, you can feel him really getting into some of the tracks.

"Drivin' South" is an instrumental that turns into a sensational lick that really shows Jimi's skill on the guitar, it's a simple song but one that really revs up.
"Hound Dog" is a million miles away from the smooth Elvis version, the boys are heard howling like dogs in the recording. It's deep & rough, surprisingly works very well
"Day Tripper" is Jimi's cover of the well know Beatles song, and he provides quite an interesting version.
"Radio One" is a short song (no surprise considering the album name) it's quite nifty with a growling Hendrix spicing things up.
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Radio One is a collection of material recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience live in the studio for various BBC Radio shows during 1967.

BUT.

There is one BIG difference between what you would have heard with those original radio broadcasts, and what you hear with this CD today. The original recordings were created (and broadcast) in mono. This modern CD uses digital trickery to turn that mono into fake-stereo, and the result is certainly NOT for the better.

The manner in which producer Alan Douglas seems to have achieved the stereo effect was by splitting the frequencies, the higher frequencies to one speaker and the lower to the other. This has resulted in the album being almost unlistenable through headphones because it gives the impression of the sound being noticeably off-centre. The effect is so bad that the first time I heard this CD through headphones I thought the headphones themselves were faulty. Out of the 17 tracks on this compilation only about 5 sound normal, properly centred. Heard through regular speakers this effect isn't really noticeable, but it does render the sound a little flat and lifeless in comparison to the original 1960s mono mixes.

Only a couple of years after this CD was released an American radio station named Westwood One broadcast those original mixes. They have since appeared on various unofficial CDs and reveal that in mono this material has more punch, energy and definition than can be found on the modern fake-stereo alternatives. Quite simply, in mono these tracks sound more "alive", more powerful . The difference really is one of night-and-day.
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