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Music Review: V-Albums – Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold As Love

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Over forty years ago, Electric Ladyland became my first Jimi Hendrix album.  It was soon followed by Are You Experienced?  Years later now, I have a deep appreciation for both although in my high school years, the latter got more of my attention.  

In North Louisiana 1969, Hendrix didn't get much air time on our local radio stations.  For me, Are You Experienced? has always served the purpose of a "greatest hits" album.  It had some of my favorite Hendrix songs and certainly ones with which I was most familiar.  From the distinctive opening sounds of "Purple Haze" through the blues of "Hey Joe" and on to the velocity of "Fire" and the sensuality of "Foxy Lady", Hendrix left a lasting impression in my memory.

Hearing the songs of 1969 not only take me back to those long ago days, but they remind me of new memories of more recent times and events that I associate with the long familiar sounds.  Axis: Bold As Love was the second of three albums released by Jimi Hendrix before his untimely passing.  The V-album format has been a real treat, allowing me to enjoy the album with which I was least familiar.

As much as I enjoy this music — and I know what I like — it's a pleasure to defer to a Blogcritic colleague, David Bowling for a more detailed and technical critical review of both Are You Experienced?  and Axis: Bold as Love.
Thanks to ScattertunesTM, those old musical memories now pour out of the speakers of my computer and  provide a backdrop for work in my photography studio. A free download from their site gets you an iBoard controller for managing your files and other Scattertune products.

 A second download provides a "V-album iBoard" for playing the music.  Media, Shop, Concerts, and History tabs can also be accessed from this screen so you can buy more music, T-shirts, and tickets when available.   With the introduction of the V-album, Scattertunes has given the previous technology some tough competition.  
 
In March 2010, Scattertunes introduced its VA (V-Album) Creation tool and “Artists On The Rise” program.  The AOTR program is launching this month (April 2010) and is designed to be a resource for discovering new talent.

The VA Creation tool is set for availability in May and will allow independent artists a resource to produce their own V-albums, photos, videos, and more all online. Both of these programs along with submission of items for sale in the Scattertunes Store will be free to the artists.
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