The All Star Jam included the following artists and musicians and it encompasses the last two discs in this 3 CD set:
Jimi Hendrix: guitar, vocal
Eric Burdon: vocal
Tracy Nelson: vocal
Buddy Miles: drums
Cornelius "Snooky" Flowers: guitar
Terry Clements: Saxophones
Brad Cambell: bass
Lee Oskar: harmonic
Watch Tower silver CD's > EAC > WAV > FLAC > me > TLH > WAV (to test for lossiness) > Audacity (to view waveform, embed metadata/track titles & info, and then to re-encode) > FLAC 8 > TLH (to check for SBE's and create and verify new ffp & md5 files) > you
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1. Jimmy Hendrix: "SOUNDBOARD RECORDING FROM ROLL 5 AND 6 60MIN 2 TRACK AMPEX-NO DOLBY"
2. All Star Jam: "STEREO SOUNDBOARD RECORDING FROM ROLL 14, 15 AND 16 100MIN 2 TRACK AMPEX NO DOLBY. RECORDED FROM THE MOBILE RECORDING TRACK" (or Mobile Recording Truck?)
Artist: Jimmy Hendrix + All Star Jam
Date: June 20th, 1969 & June 22nd, 1969
Location: Northridge, California
Venue: Devonshire Downs - San Fernando Valley State College
Title: Newport 1969 Pop Festival
Label: Watch Tower
Size: 837 MB
Length 1: 63.51.64 Jimi Hendrix Set
Length 2: 85:41:01 All Star Jam
Length 3: 149.39.65 Full 3 Discs TRT
CD 1 (Jimi Hendrix Set 1969-06-20):
101. Stone Free
102. Are You Experienced
103. Villanova Junction
104. Stone Free (Part II)
105. Sunshine Of Your Love
107. Hear My Train A Comin'
108. Red House
109. Foxy Lady
110. Like A Rolling Stone
111. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
112. Purple Haze
CD 2 (All Star Jam 1969-06-22):
201. Earth vs. Space
202. The Things (That) I Used To Do
203. blues jam ~ We Gotta Live
204. Feel So Good
CD 3 (All Star Jam 1969-06-22):
301. Train Kept A Rollin'
302. Power Of Soul ~ Earth Blues
303. Hear My Train A Comin'
304. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
305. fast jam (medley)
(1) 1969-06-20 & 1969-06-22 Northridge, CA (SB/Watch Tower)
The waveform has no clipping but it is brickwalled unfortunately. That makes it difficult to impossible to remaster. But thankfully, the sound is excellent in the recordings.
For anyone who isn't sure what a brickwalled recording means, this is a rough description. The audio has been (likely) clipped and then limited or compressed. Many times this comes from a taper or label over amplifying a recording and then coming back and removing the clipping by using compression and/or limiting (limiting is used more often I believe in the actual recording) therefore forming a flat top and/or bottom to the waveform. Instead of having spikes up and down showing the audio peaks and leaving a recording with room to work with the audio there is mostly flat parts in the top and bottom of the waveform with very few (usually quieter moments) peaks that were not clipped. But this again is an excellent sounding recording thankfully. Here is a screenshot of a song from the All Stars Jam and you can see, especially in the mid section, where there is no high or low peaks and the waveform is flattened:
I've only heard this recording once since I got it. And the information given was quiet confusing as well at first. I was thinking of the Newport Jazz Festival, the same festival Led Zeppelin played at in 1969, and was thinking this was Newport, Connecticut. But this was the Newport Pop Festival in 1968 and 1969 it was called "Newport '69" and both were in California. So the information is correct.
I'm very happy with the sound here even though I wish the high frequencies were just a little better. But the recording doesn't suffer in the big picture and is very enjoyable. It's excellent, but we cannot work with it to make it any better either. I imagine the high frequencies were chopped to remove some tape hiss (not bad at all) after it was over amplified to begin with (causing more hiss when done to tape recordings). I'd rather have the high frequencies and not a hard limiter or compression done on a recording. The more I learn about audio the more I appreciate when things are done correctly.
There are some missing parts in the show. "Hear My Train A Comin'" is almost complete but incomplete unfortunately. I believe it was the only song in the Hendrix set cut short. It sounds like a few parts in between songs may be cut too but it is just brief, non musical parts. But overall, it sounds like most things and songs are complete. I'd have to look and see what all got played by Hendrix on both days to know for sure but you can do that if you're interested. If rolls 5 and 6 were 60 minutes (presumably together) then it only makes sense something had to be cut. Where is roll 7 though? Would it have the uncut version of the show then? Question I have and may never know the answer too :-)
You won't be disappointed in the sound if you are a Hendrix fan (or even if you aren't). The recording itself was obviously a really good one and the label just had to mess with it but they did not ruin it either.
I hope you enjoy the show...
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