lördag 21 februari 2015


German pressing for Scandinavia, also released domestically and in a couple of other countries. While non of the others had a publishing year on labels this has 1968 on both, which doesn't make any sense since the supposed release year is 1971 and some of the tracks were 1967. There's also a title error where "Foxy Lady" is presented as "Foxing Lady" on both front and back cover, not appering on any other issue. Maybe more odd than truly interesting, but just enough to make it collectible. With that in mind I wish I could love the whole package, but I can't. I don't mind some of the earlier '45 cuts are fake stereo - that's how we got them back then. More serious is they've obviously tried to clarify and widen the sound picture by lowering the bass and turning up the treble everywhere, making the whole thing come through weaker and squeekier than on any other early compilation I've heard. It is part of my Hendrix collection and a keeper for above mentioned reasons and the pop art cover design, but an almost painful listening experience. (JHÄ*) (GÖXÄ*)

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