Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love - The MONO Version -16/44.1
02) Up From The Skies
03) Spanish Castle Magic
04) Wait Untill Tomorrow
05) Ain't No Telling
06) Little Wing
07) If 6 Was 9
08) You Got Me Floating
09) Castles Made Of Sand
10) She's So Fine
11) One Rainy Wish
12) Little Miss Lover
13) Bold As Love
(NB: Audition 1.5 was used for adjusting DC bias, editing
(incl. manual removal of clicks and pops), adding gain, collapsion
of the right and left channel to mono, and making the cue points.
Nuendo 2.0 was used for downsampling and dithering to 16 bit
using the Apogee UV22hr.)
Engineered by Eddie Kramer
Produced by Chas Chandler
Mastered by Bernie Grundman
Vinyl transfer & Restoration / Torrent Produced by Prof. Stoned
Artwork by Ektachromeplain & partially scanned from Reprise 6281-2 CD.
This is a fresh rip to upgrade the first rip I did, about a year ago.
There are a few reasons why this one sounds superior to the original one:
-I used a different cartridge. As a result, the recording now sounds
undistorted from beginning to end & has a far more natural sounding high-end.
-Proper collapsing of the left and right channel. This is something I failed
to do with the previous rip. Because this record was produced with a mono
cutter head, the audio on both channels (as picked up by a stereo cartridge)
is identical. However, this is not the case with clicks and pops and so adding both tracks
together results in 50% less clicks and pops.
-No click and crackle software used this time. All pops that where there are
manually removed, and because of the left/right collapsing and the fact that the new
cartridge tracks this record so much better than the old, the recording became very quiet.
The source for this was not an 1967 Track mono copy, but the vinyl-only reissue
on Classic Records in 2000 (think MFSL, Analogue, DCC)
in cooperation with Experience Hendrix.
A wonderful pressing, mastered 100% analogue with vintage tube equipment,
as it should be. I transferred it to the digital domain with great care.
No futzing with the wonderful dynamics, of course!
See the mastering notes scan in the artwork folder for more details.
Unlike what many people may think, the stereo mix of this album sounds
much more dated than the mono mix.
The reason for that lies in that fact that it was recorded on 4-track,
which offer limited panning possibilities.
But the balance between voice and instruments is also somehow better on this mono mix.
And the stereo version has a lot of panning around the stereo spectrum
which gets kind of tiring to listen to after a while, IMO.