Jimi Hendrix / The Complete Woodstock 1969 2nd Press / 2CD

Jimi Hendrix / The Complete Woodstock 1969 2nd Press / 2CD / Non Label
Yasgur’s Farm, Bethel, New York, USA 18th August 1969 STEREO SBD

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When asked, “What do you like most about Jimi Hendrix’s live performances?”, Most rock fans would say “Woodstock.” A stage that concludes the end of the biggest rock festival of the 1960s, accompanied by a group that is neither an experience nor a band of gypsy’s. And above all, it is a legendary stage that has been forever remembered by people due to the historical masterpiece of the “American National Anthem” used in the festival’s films. The power of the movie is truly immense, and it’s no wonder that Jimi’s performance there was seen as a symbol of Woodstock. Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, who backed Jimi on that day, said that after the dissolution of his experience, a newly formed band but unexpectedly short-lived band also appeared at the festival, and many people It will remain in my memory.
It has been a long time since the official release of such a historic stage was realized in both the sound source and the video, but the latter is still not an item that can be called the definitive edition. Although the number of songs in the two-disc set released just 20 years ago has increased, the two songs sung by Larry Lee are not recorded, and even the part where he played the solo is cut, and after all, two The sound of the human percussionist was almost muted.
Originally, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows was the only big band organization group in Jimi’s band history, organized by a large number of people unlike the three-piece experience. However, all of Jimi’s Woodstock items that have been released so far have been mixed out with sidemen’s performances modestly, and among them, “Fire” etc., it seems like an experience … A state that seems to end up.
Isn’t a new version released in 2009, 40 years after the festival was held? It was expected, but it ended up with only a recurrence that remastered the 1999 version.

However, this year is the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, and in such a commemorative year, the release of an archive set consisting of a 38-disc set was announced. Befitting this super-dreadnought volume, the whole picture of the stage of artists such as Joe Cocker, The Who and CSN & Y has been revealed for the first time. When that happened, Jimi’s stage was finally … The 38-disc track list that everyone expected had a song that was clearly diverted from the 1999 version. It was reported that only Jimi’s sound source used the release from their side. The enthusiasts all over the world are disappointed by the disappointing result that the opportunity ends with the diversion of the existing version.
However, in the underground world, there has been a rough mix sound source that almost completely recorded Jimi’s stage. It was created by Eddie Kramer after the festival, and is believed to have been created as a reference for Jimi. This rough mix leaked in the 1980s and spread on the LP “LORD OF THE STRINGS”. For the first time, the whole picture of Jimi’s stage at Woodstock became clear, and it became known that Larry Lee was the lead vocalist for the two songs. However, only the new song “Message To Love (Universe)” that decorated this sound source and the opening was cut, which caused the misunderstanding that the first song started with “Hear My Train A Comin” for a while. It has become.
It was a compilation CD called “500.000 HALOS” released 20 years ago that corrected the long-standing misunderstanding. Not only was “Message To Love” unearthed for the first time, but it was also revealed that the performance was at the opening from tuning before the performance. This was a leak of the rough mix (which wasn’t used after all) made by Alan Douglas, who controlled his sound source after Jimi’s death, when the 1994 Woodstock CD was released.

Jimi’s Woodstock has revealed the truth of the stage by such rough mixes, but especially the full length version rough mix by Kramer is distributed in the form of considerable dubbing, and the pitch deviation and hiss noise are said to be jarring. I had a problem. Even so, it was released on CD because of the preciousness of the sound source, but since all the items were recorded with such problems neglected, it was not out of the range for enthusiasts.
Finally, in the 21st century, a low-generation version of Kramer Rough Mix was distributed among traders, and in response to that, Jimi’s sound source circle “ATM” released in 2007 “WOOD STOCK –NOTHING BUT PRIMARY RHYTHM THINGS … “. Although not as official as it should be, the upper version, which is still incomparably easier to hear than the previous version, greatly pleased Jimi’s enthusiasts. However, not only that, regarding the problem of not recording “Message To Love” which is the biggest drawback of Kramer sound source, instead of diverting from the 1999 version official, we adopted the Douglas rough mix excavated in the previous “500.000 HALOS”. As a result, the discomfort in sound quality was kept to a minimum.
On top of that, the result of “NOTHING BUT ~”, which was compiled by carefully patching the missing parts from the 1999 version, is excellent, and it is evaluated as a masterpiece that supplements the official in both the mix side and the content side. It was even described as “the best title of ATM” in specialized magazines.
Originally, the ATM series was made on the premise of sharing on the Internet, and “NOTHING BUT ~” was easily available for at least several years from 2007. However, since most of the performances at Woodstock were released in the 1999 version, they got caught up in the so-called “official content” on the net, and recently it has become a hard-to-find net item. It was. However, this time, Jimi researcher provided the original file, and based on “NOTHING BUT ~”, only the minimum equalization was applied. The title was so complete.

After all, the rough mix is ​​overwhelmingly the original sound of Gypsy Sun and Rainbows is transmitted. For example, during the performance of “Red House”, the first string of Jimi’s Strat was cut, and the scene where Lee played the solo of the place connection was skillfully cut in both the sound source and the video in the official. When I heard this release, I wondered if I would be indignant that he cut the most important part. It’s easy to see that Lee’s “Mastermind” was played here as well as giving him time to change Jimi’s strings. The singing voice he hears on the song and the Impressions cover “Gypsy Woman” is exquisite. It’s really interesting to see Lee singing a regular R & B in front of a large crowd of Woodstock while Jimi is playing the latest rock sound.
The fact that Larry sang two songs at Woodstock is a well-known fact even if you are not a maniac, but now that the possibility of official release has become a blister, you will be reminded of the preciousness heard here again. .. The studio take of “Mastermind” itself cleared up and I saw the light of day in the “WEST COAST SEATTLE BOY” box, but the live version at the regular big event is still heard only on this sound source!
Also, in the latter half of “Spanish Castle Magic”, the scene where the percussion corps played an active part from the rally solo was all changed officially, but this was the original performance. Even in that official, “Lover Man” featured many scenes where Lee played solo, but on the actual stage it was also a live that was unique to the big band composition that Jimi and Lee shared solo in most songs. A realistic scene that is transmitted because it is a sound source.
And all the members except Mitch Mitchell were concerned about the situation that the big stage was their first experience, and Jimi’s play, in which he gave instructions to the band while playing solo to the fullest, is still a masterpiece of the first generation. Above all, there are many enthusiasts who feel that the analog-like sound quality is more suitable for Jimi than the 1999 version and its current remaster, which have a strong digital feel.
Finally, as a bonus track, “Message To Love” is recorded with only one existing Woodstock audience recording. It is a sound source that was known only among traders, but this is the first time it has been recorded in an item, and it seems that overwhelmingly many people will hear it for the first time in the first place. Before the performance started, Taper’s own comment was heard and he just testified that he “recorded from the stage sleeves”, so you should pay attention to the precious sound source where Jimi’s guitar sound is big. Fifty years after Woodstock, this release is a stereo soundboard album that can be called a true document! Dedicated to all rock fans, not to mention Jimi Mania.

★ As soon as it was released two years ago, the long-awaited second press board of Jimi Hendrix’s highest peak title, which sold out 500 copies at once due to its wonderful contents, arrived.


しかしアンダーグラウンド界では以前からジミのステージをほぼ完全収録したラフミックス音源が存在します。それはフェスティバルの終了後にエディ・クレイマーが手掛けたもので、ジミへの参考用として作られたものだと思われます。このラフミックスは1980年代になって流出し、LP「LORD OF THE STRINGS」で広まりました。そこで初めてウッドストックでのジミのステージの全貌が明らかとなり、ラリー・リーが二曲でリード・ボーカルを務めていたことも知られるようになったのです。ところがこの音源、オープニングを飾った新曲「Message To Love (Universe)」だけがカットされており、そのせいでしばらくは一曲目が「Hear My Train A Comin」で幕を開けたという誤解を生む結果となってしまいした。
長きに渡った誤解を正してくれたのは今から20年前にリリースされた「500.000 HALOS」というコンピものCD。そこで初めて「Message To Love」が発掘されただけでなく、演奏前のチューニングなどからオープニングでの演奏ということが判明しました。これはジミの没後、彼の音源を牛耳ったアラン・ダグラスが1994年版ウッドストックCDのリリース時に作ったラフミックス(結局使われず)が流出したものだったのです。

ようやく21世紀を迎えてトレーダー間にクレイマー・ラフミックスのロウジェネバージョンが流通、それを受けてジミの音源サークル「ATM」が2007年に公開したのが「WOODSTOCK – NOTHING BUT PRIMARY RHYTHM THINGS …」。さすがにオフィシャルの域には及ばないものの、それでも従来のバージョンとは比べ物にならないほど聞きやすくなったアッパー版はジミのマニアを大いに喜ばせました。しかしそれだけではありません、クレイマー音源最大の欠点である「Message To Love」未収録という問題に関しては1999年版オフィシャルから流用するのではなく、先の「500.000 HALOS」で発掘されたダグラス・ラフミックスを採用したことで音質の違和感を最小限に留めてくれたのです。
その上でさらなる欠損部を1999年版から丁寧にパッチするなどしてまとめられた「NOTHING BUT~」の出来は素晴らしく、ミックス面と内容面の両方でオフィシャルを補う傑作との評価を受けます。専門誌においても「ATMのベスト・タイトル」と評されたほど。
元々ATMシリーズはネット上でのシェアを前提に作られており、「NOTHING BUT~」に関しても少なくとも2007年から数年ほどは簡単に入手出来たものです。ところがウッドストックでの演奏の大半が1999年版でリリース済だったことから、ネット上での所謂「オフィシャル・コンテンツ」に引っかかってしまい、最近は一転して入手困難なネット・アイテムと化してしまいました。しかし今回はジミ研究家からオリジナル・ファイルを提供していただき、「NOTHING BUT~」をベースとしながら最小限のイコライズだけ施しました。それほどまでに同タイトルは完成度が高かったのです。

やはりラフミックスの方が圧倒的にジプシー・サン・アンド・レインボーズ本来のサウンドが伝わってくるのが圧巻。例えば「Red House」の演奏中にジミのストラトの一弦が切れてしまい、そこでリーに場つなぎのソロを弾かせた場面がオフィシャルでは音源、映像の両方で巧みにカットされてしまいましたが、今回のリリースを聞けば、よりによって一番肝心なところをカットしたくれたのだと憤慨してしまいたくなるかと。ここでジミの弦を変える時間稼ぎも兼ねて、リーの「Mastermind」が演奏されたこともよく解ります。彼が同曲やインプレッションズのカバー「Gypsy Woman」で聞かせる歌声は絶品。ジミが最新鋭のロックサウンドを奏でている間、なおかつウッドストックの大観衆を前にリーが正調R&Bを歌う様は本当に面白い。
今やウッドストックでラリーが二曲歌ったという事実はマニアでなくとも知られた事実ではありますが、今回もオフィシャルリリースの可能性が水泡と化した今、改めてここで聞かれる貴重さを思い知らされます。「Mastermind」自体はスタジオテイクが晴れて「WEST COAST SEATTLE BOY」ボックスにて日の目を見ましたが、正規の大イベントでのライブバージョンは未だに本音源でしか聞かれない!
また「Spanish Castle Magic」の後半においてラリーのソロからパーカッション隊が活躍する場面もオフィシャルではことごとく改変されてしまいましたが、これが本来の演奏だったのです。そのオフィシャルでも「Lover Man」ではリーがソロを弾く場面が多くフィーチャーされていましたが、実際のステージでは大半の曲でジミとリーがソロを分け合うというビッグバンド構成ならではのライブだったことも本音源だからこそ伝わってくるリアルな場面。
最後にボーナストラックとして「Message To Love」ただ一曲だけ現存するウッドストックのオーディエンス録音を収録。トレーダー間でこそ知られていた音源ですが、アイテムに収録されるのは今回が初めてですし、そもそも初めて聞かれる方が圧倒的に多いかと思われます。演奏が始まる前にテーパー自身のコメントが聞かれ「ステージ袖から録音した」と証言するだけあって、ジミのギターの音のデカさが生々しい貴重音源も注目でしょう。ウッドストックから50年、今回のリリースこそが真実のドキュメントと呼べるステレオ・サウンドボード・アルバム!ジミ・マニアはもとより、すべてのロックファンに捧げます。



Disc 1 (67:00)
1. Intro by Chip Monk
2. Message To Love ★
3. Hear My Train A Comin’
4. Spanish Castle Magic ★
5. Red House ★
6. Mastermind (sung by Larry Lee)★
7. Lover Man★
8. Foxy Lady
9. Jam Back At The House

Disc 2 (66:31)
1. Izabella
2. Gypsy Woman / Aware Of Love (sung by Larry Lee)★
3. Fire
4. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
5. Star Spangled Banner
6. Purple Haze / Woodstock Improvisation
7. Villanova Junction
8. Hey Joe
9. Outro by Chip Monk

Bonus Track
10. Message To Love (Audience Recording)★



Jimi Hendrix – lead guitar, vocals Mitch Mitchell – drums Billy Cox – bass
Larry Lee – rhythm guitar, vocals Juma Sultan – percussion Jerry Velez – congas

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