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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:49 pm 

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JP #110 ran an article that covered the FNAC 2LP of Are You Experienced. It was highlighted to me that it was not as detailed as it could / should have been due to the fact I referenced an LP that actually had a variation, cosmetic to all intent and purpose. None the less here’s a little addition and a more complete listing of this release set is detailed here …………………… jmhvinyl@uk.co

I mentioned that the FNAC was in essence a copy of the earlier MCA 1997 issue but I failed to detail that comment with which variation it was a copy of!
So when it comes to the vinyl, at least, we have two issues of the 2 LP AYE, on black vinyl from 1997. The reference was of course[!] in the article was to the UK “style” ’97 issue.
In 1997, MCA [Universal] / Experience Hendrix issued this as a two LP. The UK [Europe?] got the UK cover along with the original track listing as sides A/B. This release also included bonus material from the US album / singles on sides C/D. I have no doubt that both pressings were available to both markets but as they are essentially the same LP set, the customer is simply being given a different cover and running order.
What was over looked in the article was the fact we have a US counterpart to this EU release. As expected it is based on the Reprise US issue. The ’97 issue has the US cover as front /rear of the gatefold. The inner gatefold and booklet remains the same between the US and EU 1997 issues of course. We also have the music content of the US ’97 pressing mirroring the Reprise over sides A/B. With sides C/D including the three tracks removed from the original UK pressing plus some single material added.
Basically, a rejigged running order as both of the 1997 releases have the same content musically. Both were mastered by the same engineers [EK / GM] at Sterling.
The US initial release of this was a numbered set [later issues carried the same serial number]with a red family sticker. It’s nice to see that they clearly state this is from digital source on that sticker but that is clear from playback anyway. That obviously makes the UK cover variant the same for its source.
A point of note, none of the following re-issues of this 2 LP set are either All Analogue or even Analogue mastered.
So, for more information on the various pressings just visit the JMH site [address above] or if you are reading this on that site, simply read on 


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