Further to my brief description of the differences between my two CDs of axis: bold as love on this thread, here is a full description of the differences. The two discs I have are the West German Polydor edition (cat. no. 813 572-2 and has this credit on the inlay card "Digital engineering by Carlos Olms London") and the Experience Hendrix Japanese mini-LP sleeve edition (cat. no. UICY-9008). The questions that still need to be answered are: (i) Do these two CDs represent the original UK and US mixes and, if so, which is which? (ii) Do all editions of the Experience Hendrix release use the same mix as the Japanese edition? (iii) Is the West German Polydor CD unique or did the mix on that disc appear on other CD releases of the album prior to the EH remasters? Those with original UK and US LP pressings of the album should be able to identify which mix is which using the notes below, thus answering (i). Hopefully, by people comparing other versions they have of this album on CD to the notes below, answers to (ii) and (iii) should be forthcoming. The following track by track comparison was made by listening to the Experience Hendrix (EH) disc and noting significant details on the mix for the track in question and then listening to that track on the Polydor disc and noting significant differences to the EH mix. As you will see, for all the tracks apart from Bold As Love different mixes were used for the two CDs: -------------------------------------------------- EXP --- EH: Bass starts in centre Then interviewer (Mitch) on left Jimi on right Guitar starts in right then pans left and right to end Just after guitars start Mitch appears in centre and then left. Polydor: Similar to above but Mitch never appears in the centre on this mix. Up From The Skies: ----------------- EH: Drums in middle, guitar left, bass centre, Jimi's vocal right At "I have lived here before" the vocal and guitar swap sides with each phrase. Panning of guitar and vocals continues to end. Polydor: Similar at beginning but guitar on right (noticeable guitar reverb on left). No panning of vocals but guitar is panned left and right from the middle section onwards. Spanish Castle Magic: -------------------- EH: Guitars left and right, drums/bass/vocals centre. Quite a lot of reverb on vocals. Guitar solo pans between left, centre and (less so) right. Polydor: Subtle differences in the panning of the guitar solos. Wait Until Tomorrow: ------------------- EH: First chord loud and central -> riff in right channel (snare rattle?) Vocals a little to left Drum fills distorted (all drum channels in centre) Fades and then goes straight into next track Polydor: Whole intro in centre. Vocals still a little left of centre. Drum fills not quite as distorted? Few seconds gap between end of fade and next track. Ain't No Telling: ---------------- EH: Guitar intro - first two chords on left, then chord in middle Lead guitar right, rhythm guitar left, drums, vocals and bass in middle Lead panned left briefly and then back to the right after middle section. Polydor: Guitar intro - all three guitar chords on left (panning to middle before drums come in). Lead guitar isn't panned to left at any stage after intro. Little Wing: ----------- EH: Intro - guitar slightly left of centre, bells centre Some effects (reverb) return on left channel. Drums bass and vocals centre. Vocal has phasing and has reverb return on right channel. Guitars slightly left and right of centre. 3 second gap before next track Polydor: Rattling noise appears (slightly left of centre)toward end of guitar intro and carries on into first verse. Drums have more reverb? Vocals have more prominent phasing effect and no reverb return on right. Lead in centre. 5 second gap before next track If Six Was Nine: --------------- EH: All Vocals hard right. Guitar left, drums and bass just right of centre. Drums become phasey during Mitch's solo and pan a little left and right. Guitar break at end on left with backing vocal on right. Guitar then pans right and left with screeching guitar coming in on right and then panning left and right. Talking voice heard in fade out. Polydor: No phasing on Mitch's drums during his solo. Guitar break at end much more prominent and less confined to left during backing vocal phrase. Hard panning of everything near end. You Got Me Floatin': ------------------ EH: Psychedelic intro - effects still heard dying away as band come in. Just before verse begins the effect is heard once more panning from left to right. Guitar right, drums and bass left, vocals centre Everything panned across stereo image during break. Polydor: Straight in without psychedelic effect. Effect used just before first verse but pans from right to left. No panning in break. Castles Made Of Sand: -------------------- EH: Backwards guitar in left at beginning of intro joined by main guitar part on right with echo return on left Levels can be heard coming up on open mics towards end of intro allowing snare rattling to be heard Vocals, drums and bass centre - guitars as in intro. 1st and 2nd chorus: vocals pan left on "eventually" then back to centre. 3rd chorus: vocals pan left to right on "slips in the sea, eventually" ending back in the centre. Outro: Guitar starts on right and pans left and right getting more echoey as it fades. Polydor: Intro starts at point where the guitar in the right channel joins the backwards guitar. No echo return on left. Open mic levels up throughout intro allowing snare rattle to be heard from beginning of guitar picking. No panning on vocals. [approx. 2 second dropout on right channel in 2nd verse] Outro: guitar stays on left She's So Fine: ------------- EH: Drums, bass and vocals in centre. Guitars left and right. Backing vocals drenched in reverb. Lead guitar pans across stereo image at end. Polydor: Lead guitar on right at end One Rainy Wish: -------------- EH: Bass and drums in centre Various guitar parts across stereo image throughout. Verse - vocal left with main guitar parts centre and right. Chorus - double tracked vocals one on left channel, the other on right channel. Vocals panned left and right during ending. Polydor: Various different panning throughout Little Miss Lover: ----------------- EH: Drums centre with hard left then right pan just as 1st verse begins. Vocal left, drums and bass centre, guitar right. Guitar panned left and right during solo. Backing vocals on right. Polydor: Less extreme panning as the drum intro goes into the 1st verse Different panning throughout. Bold As Love: ------------ EH: Everything in centre at beginning. Large dose of reverb on drums and vocals. Subtle slapback echo on hi-hat Guitars overdubs on left and right for chorus. Guitar solo starts on hard left, panning between there and centre-left. Mitch's phasey drum break starts on left and pans around. Lead during phasey ending on left channel but briefly venturing across stereo image towards end. Polydor: Same mix. The only difference is that the edit into Mitch's phased drums is a little less clean. I guess they repaired the splice on the master for the EH release.