Which rock song screams 1968

pop - Janis, Jimi and the Stones in the rock wonderland

Jimi Hendrix did not mince his words. "That was really crap," he said in April 1969 in Philadelphia. The British had given their double album "Electric Ladyland" a cover with 19 naked women. The US guitarist's third record, the last to be released during his lifetime on October 16, 1968, was the result of a torturous process full of self-doubt. A hard, winding path to a masterpiece of grooving rock, which in Europe has now been clumsily connoted as sex.

The 5.1 mix is ​​like taking a trip into Jimi Hendrix's head

Hendrix ’American record company also only used any concert photo with alienated color. The guitarist himself had favored a picture of Linda Eastman, Paul McCartney's future wife, showing him, bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell at the statue of Alice in Wonderland in New York's Central Park. Because Hendrix ’" Ladyland "offered miracle music, a psychedelic soundtrack of unheard sounds that would have fit perfectly with Lewis Carroll's fantasies.

A reissue of these otherworldly sounds will be released on November 9th. On three CDs there is a version of the album remastered by sound engineer Bernie Grundman using the original analog tapes and a CD with early song versions, alternative variants and outtakes already known to fans from other releases such as "Angel" and "My Friend", which do not make it Album made.

In addition, there is a 5.1 surround mix for which Hendrix ’sound magician Eddie Kramer is responsible on a Blu-Ray disc. Songs like “Burning of the Midnight Lamp”, Dylan's “All Along the Watchtower” or the 15-minute “Voodoo Chile” are more sculptural than ever before. It's like hearing these songs for the first time as the guitarist, who died on September 18, 1970, had imagined. A journey into the head of Jimi Hendrix and into the heart of 1968.

The Rolling Stones made their U-turn to blues and rock in 1968

With “Beggars Banquet” on St. Nicholas Day 1968 the Rolling Stones turned about rock and blues. Especially the psychedelic album "Their Satanic Majesties Request" with the "Sgt. Pepper “-like 3-D cover had brought them too much into the Beatles' waters the year before. The whipping “Street Fighting Man” and the percussively grooving “Sympathy for the Devil” now completed what had already been announced in May with the rock single “Jumpin’ Jack Flash ”.

The Stones sounded rougher, wilder, edgier than ever, and provided a musical advance towards the end of the revolutionary year 1968. Guitarist Brian Jones only contains trace elements, Keith Richards ’guitar work dominates. The “Beggar Banquet” was the prelude to the glorious four Stones records - “Let It Bleed”, “Sticky Fingers” and “Exile on Main Street” followed until 1972.

The anniversary edition of the album, with which the Stones received the title of "greatest rock'n'roll band in the world", was remastered by sound engineer Bob Ludwig. The anniversary edition on vinyl, which will be released on November 16, is relatively narrow. A maxi single from “Street Fighting Man” is available as a bonus, plus a sound foil on which a telephone interview with Mick Jagger for the Japanese market at the time can be heard.

"Beggar’s Banquet" was more than the "beige album"

The package also includes both cover versions of “Beggar’s Banquet” - even the big Rolling Stones had design conflicts with the record company at the time. The band's preferred shell with a graffiti-smeared pub toilet was rejected in any case - no yuck stuff in the pre-Christmas business, Mr. Jagger!

Plan B was exactly the opposite - a cream-colored, festive menu with curved lettering of the band name and album title. Two weeks after the Beatles' “White Album” came the Stones “Beige Album”. All malice for the eternal second in the Britpop circus of the sixties ended with the first hearing of the electrifying blues and rock songs.

Janis Joplin's “Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills” seems more authentic

On November 30th, a new edition for the 50th birthday of Janis Joplin's blues rock classic "Cheap Thrills" will be released. The anniversary version on two CDs bears the original title "Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills", which the record company protested against as well as against Joplin's request to show themselves and their band naked on the cover (which exactly three months later John Lennon and Yoko Ono made “Two Virgins” on their album together). Seven songs included "Cheap Thrills," which was released in August 1968 and peaked at number one on the Billboard charts.

The "cheap thrills" were fervent blues rock. When Joplin screams her “Come on!” In “Piece of My Heart”, the hairs on the back of the neck are still vertical. A noble thriller, "cheap" was on Joplin's second album with her band Big Brother and the Holding Company, only that live noises were mixed in with the studio recordings in order to simulate the impression of a concert album.

In fact, only the last song, "Ball and Chain", was taken from an actual performance. This kind of glare was dispensed with in the new edition, for Joplin and her band, in a way, the studio was also a stage. The more ecstatic “Ball and Chain” version of the anniversary package comes from a gig at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco April 12, 1968.

In the end, Jimi Hendrix got his Wunderland cover after all

The nude photo was not even taken at the time. And in order to distinguish the significantly expanded version from the original - 25 of the 30 included recordings were never published before - the cult comic cover of "Fritz the Cat" inventor Robert Crumb was dispensed with and instead a (albeit not very expressive) band photo of Joplin elected with her boys from Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Jimi Hendrix, on the other hand, finally got his cover 50 years later. The band is now sitting in the park, gathered around Alice, ready for the journey to the wonderland of rock music.

Jimi Hendrix: "Electric Ladyland - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" (Legacy) from November 9th The Rolling Stones: "Beggars Banquet - Limited 50th Anniversary Edition" (Decca) from November 16th Big Brother and the Holding Company (Janis Joplin): "Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills" (Legacy) from November 30th

By Matthias Halbig / RND