Jimi Hendrix - War Heroes (1972) - Orig. US Robert Ludwig WLP Cut
16bit/44.1kHz (Audio for CDR Burning)
01 - Bleeding Heart (Elmore James)
02 - Highway Chile
03 - Tax Free (Bo Hanssen / Janne Karlssen)
04 - Peter Gunn (Henry Mancini) / Catastrophe (Bloom / Gade)
05 - Stepping Stone
06 - Midnight
07 - Three Little Bears
08 - Beginning (Mitch Mitchell)
09 - Izabella
All songs by Hendrix except those indicated.
Produced by Eddie Kramer & John Jansen
Engineered by Eddie Kramer, John Jansen, Gary Kellgren,
Dave Palmer, Kim King, Bob Hughes & Tony Bongiovi
Remix at Electric Lady Studios by: Kramer / Jansen
Executive Producer: Michael Jeffrey
Jimi Hendrix: Vocals, Guitars
Billy Cox: Bass
Noel Redding: Bass on 2, 3, 6, 7
Mitch Mitchell: Drums
Albert & Arthur Allen: Backing Vocals on 9
Source: (Side 1: MS - 2103 A 31472 -A- 1H / Side 2: MS 2130 31473 -B- 1H
Sterling RL on both sides)
(NB: Audition 1.5 was used for adjusting DC bias, editing, (incl. manual removal of clicks
and pops), adding gain, and making the cue points.
CueListTool v1.7 & Mediaval CueSplitter were used for generating the .cue's & .m3u's.)
Here is the fourth and last offering in the Hendrix/RL series I've done, consisting of the
original US vinyl pressings of Hendrix' initial posthumous releases.
These were cut by vinyl cutting/mastering master Robert (a.k.a. Bob) Ludwig and
have been highly rated among fans for their exquisite sound quality.
The album was originally mixed and mastered in New York and so -in combination with
Ludwig's cutting and mastering skills- it shouldn' t come as a surprise that this pressing
is the best way to go for this album on vinyl.
Apart from the three other ones I uploaded, Ludwig also mastered the original
US pressing of 'Band of gypsies' on Capitol (' 70).
This will not be included in this series as I feel it has been sonically superseded by the
all-analog reissue on Classic Records (2001) of which I'm gonna do a new rip soon.
But maybe someone else feels the need to do a BOG/RL rip sometime?
There are two different CD reissue of this album, both have gone out of print.
The first one is the now highly sought after Polydor cd from 1988 which went out of print
in the early nineties.
This CD sounds quite good but when comparing it to this new rip it clearly has more
hiss and less dynamical sound, just like 'Hendrix in the west'.
My guess is that the CD was sourced from the 1972 UK lp masters, which would have
to be one or two generation below the mastertapes.
The 2nd one was an early 90's reissue which essentially used the same source material
but was treated with peak limiting and noise reduction.
All of the tracks have since been reisued on EH releases, most of them on ' First rays of
the new rising sun' and 'South Saturn Delta'.
As I have said before, these CD's do leave something to be desired from an audiophile
point of view (as well), as they have been digitally limited quite heavily.
This vinyl rip offers these tracks (and that includes "Highway Chile") in the best sound
quality I have heard so far. End of story.
This was transferred from an EX copy.
You *may* hear some noise on some intro's and outro's but overall the result is very clean.
The distortion you hear in Tr. 08 is in the recording itself.
The record was professionally and carefully cleaned in three steps using Audio Intelligent’s
Enzymantic formula, Super Cleaner Formula, and Ultra pure water on a VPI 16.5
(using VPI brushes) and Nitty Gritty mini-pro 2.
I spent a lot of time manually declicking the wave file (after Click Repair had already been
applied with a medium setting) to make sure the cleanest and most natural sounding result
possible was achieved.