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Jimi Hendrix Experience
"The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Box Set)"

© Experience Hendrix/MCA Records

December 15 - 21, 2019

Year of Release: 2000
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Disc One:
  • Purple Haze
  • Killing Floor (Live)
  • Hey Joe (Live)
  • Foxey Lady
  • Highway Chile
  • Hey Joe
  • Title #3
  • Third Stone From The Sun
  • Taking Care Of No Business
  • Here He Comes (Lover Man)
  • Burning Of
    The Midnight Lamp
  • If 6 Was 9
  • Rock Me Baby (Live)
  • Like A Rolling Stone (Live)
    Disc Two:
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts
    Club Band (Live)
  • Burning Of The
    Midnight Lamp (Live)
  • Little Wing
  • Little Miss Lover
  • The Wind Cries Mary (Live)
  • Catfish Blues (Live)
  • Bold As Love
  • Sweet Angel
  • Fire (Live)
  • Somewhere
  • (Have You Ever Been To)
    Electric Ladyland
  • Gypsy Eyes
  • Room Full Of Mirrors
  • Gloria
  • It's Too Bad
  • Star Spangled Banner
    Disc Three
  • Stone Free
  • Spanish Castle Magic
  • Hear My Train A Comin'
  • Room Full Of Mirrors
  • I Don't Live Today (Live)
  • Little Wing (Live)
  • Red House (Live)
  • Purple Haze (Live)
  • Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
    (Live)
  • Izabella
    Disc Four:
  • Message To Love
  • Earth Blues
  • Astro Man
  • Country Blues
  • Freedom
  • Johnny B. Goode (Live)
  • Lover Man
  • Blue Suede Shoes (Live)
  • Cherokee Mist
  • COme Down Hard On Me

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    N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Box Set) is NOT, I repeat, NOT a box set consisting of original recordings from his original albums. Some box sets are Anthologies of an artist's career. This is not an anthology either. It is a 4-disc set of all unreleased recordings, and live recordings. All of the unreleased non-live recordings are basically "raw" versions. They would all be reworked and improved to become the master recordings for the original albums that were released.

    Another album (vinyl) that contained unreleased recordings, was Music From The Film 'Jimi Hendrix'. It contained two peformances from his Berkeley concerts (1970), preferrably from the first concert -- Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," and Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone." The film's soundtrack was never feleased on CD, and trying to find these two great recordings by Hendrix were far from finding. This Box Set would have one of the two - when in fact, both songs are on the box set, but not both from the Berekeley concert. "Johnny B. Goode" is on the box set, where the Dylan version by Hendrix was unreleased from his famous Monterey concert in 1968. (Either version, from the Berkeley and Monterey, has always been recorded outstanding, as Hendrix always shined in his live performances.)

    This box set is really a history of how many, if not all, the songs would become even greater, being worked on until perfection for final releases. Although many of the studio recordings are rough and/or raw, it showed how great Hendrix was, towards perfecting each studio song. Also, his live performances were also outstanding, as they stand out more, knowing that for those who saw him perform these live recordings, they were watching a showman, a perfectionist.

    What is interesting to hear, is some spoken dialogue. Hendrix was always vocal, in talking to his audiences. How he felt, how he felt about music, HIS music. There is spoken dialogue in one track on Disc One, Third Stone From The Sun (01/11/1967) -- between Jimi and Chas Chandler, the man who discovered him in London, and took him under his wing, to shape his career, and make him famous. Chas Chandler knew how, he had already known the music business -- he was a member of the band The Animals, lead by Eric Burdon.

    There are songs that were not released on Hendrix's albums, such as the unreleased "Taking Care Of No Business," where Jimi has some fun with the Blues. "Here He Comes (Lover Man)" (from the first disc, and "LOver Man" from the last disc, was inspired by B.B King's "Rock Me Baby", as B.B. King was one of Hendrix's favorite performers. There is an unreleased version of "Rock Me Baby" also, on the first disc. "Burning Of The Midnight Lamp" (from the first disc), was recorded faster than what would become the master we would hear on Electric Ladyland. Chas Chandler would slow the song down for the final cut. "If 6 Was 9" from the first disc, sounds just as good as the original, that appeared on the album Axis: Bold As Love.

    Disc Two begins with a raw version of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," as it was recorded live, from Stockholm, Sweden, 1967. Another highlight from this disc is his version of "Little Wing," as it would be one of the best songs ever recorded -- not only by Hendrix, but Stevie Ray Vaughan would also record it. There is another version of "Little Wing" on disc three, a live recording in Stockholm, Sweden, 1969, which is more gentler in sound. Simply beautiful. Another beautiful song, was "Angel," which would appear on The Cry Of Love. "Sweet Angel" is the track here, as it would be the beginning workings, of what would become the final cut, and the new song title. The live version from a performance at Clark University, "Fire" is performed much faster than the original we are familiar with.

    In 1969 and 1970, Hendrix was pursuing more on the Blues. "It's Too Bad" has a great slow Blues feel, as he recorded this song, with Buddy Miles and Larry Young. Before there was Woodstock, there was an unreleased recording of the "Star Spangled Banner" which was from a posthumous album, Rainbow Bridge. The version here of the National Anthem, is much slower than the Woodstock performance.

    Disc Three features studio and live recordings from the year 1969. As mentioned, the Blues were becoming what would probably have been the next chapter in Hendrix's career. The live recording of "Red House", from a concert at the San Diego Sports Arena, is great slow Blues. We can only imagine what Jimi would have done more with the blues, had he lived. "PUrple Haze" has always been a Hendrix classic, as his recording also from the San Diego show, is a powerful version.

    Disc Four are recordings from late 1969 to 1970. By this time, Hendrix was now recording with Billy Cox on bass, and Buddy Miles or Mitch Mitchell on drums. They were never really classified as the "New" Experience, and with Cox and/or Miles on board, Hendrix was looking for a new sound. Disc Four has some very powerful tracks -- "Earth Blues" (with Cox, Miles, and the Ronettes), and "Astro Man," which Hendrix took for his admiration for animated cartoons, and creating his own cartoon fable. More on the blues again, with the instrumental "Country Blues." Again, we can only imagine how the Blues would have meant in Hendrix's next chapter of his musical career...

    Another song that would appear on The Cry Of Love (a posthumous album), was "Freedom." The version here from the Box Set, is more funky, and different than that of the final take. His version of "Blue Suede Shoes" is also different than Carl Perkins, or even Elvis Presley's version. "Cherokee Mist" is another song that was not released on any Hendrix album while he was alive, and this song was from the Electic Ladyland sessions, and another song that displayed how great and talented he was. Funk has the sound on another song that was never released on a Hendrix album during his time, "Come Down Hard On Me" displays a funk sound. Hendrix recording an all Funk album later in his career? It may or may not have happened. "Hey Baby/In From The Storm" live recording from a performance in Maui, Hawaii, has Hendrix in pure Psychedelic form -- how we all knew him best. And Psychedelic on "Ezy Rider." "Night Bird Flying" is groovin' -- another different sound Hendrix was into. And ending the box set is the great, and kinda jazzy sounding "Slow Blues." The only bad thing about this last track, that it gets cut off, and never had a proper ending.

    For the pure Hendrix fan, this is a great box set, in hearing how studio tracks would mold and blend their ways into the final takes, and perfection. The live tracks showcased how great Hendrix was, as a performer, and concert entertainer. He was looking for another "experience" in his music. The Blues seemed to be that next direction. This box set could be a good start for those not familiar with Hendrix, for the young folks, most likely. It is for old, and young alike -- The Jimi Hendrix Experience Box Set is an Experience. There will never be another one like him. Jimi Hendrix left us way too soon, in 1970, at the young age of 27. Thanks for the legacy, and what you left behind, JImi. Thank you. Thank you very much.




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