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The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Jimi Hendrix Experience
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Product Description

This 4-CD set consists ENTIRELY of unreleased/unavailable Jimi, both studio and live performances amounting to (gulp!) over four hours and 56 tracks! There are four newly discovered songs never heard anywhere else, plus alternate versions of such Hendrix favorites as Purple Haze; Hey Joe; Stone Free , and an instrumental version of Little Wing . Then there's the live gems, like a live-in-France 1967 rendition of The Wind Cries Mary , and live-in-the studio rehearsals, like a crushing rendition of Gloria done in Hollywood in late October 1968.

Track Listing

Disc 1:

  1. Purple Haze (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  2. Killing Floor (Live: Olympia Theater, Paris, France, October 18, 1966) (Previously Unreleased Recording)
  3. Hey Joe (Live: Olympia Theater, Paris, France, October 18, 1966) (Previously Unreleased Recording)
  4. Foxey Lady (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  5. Highway Chile (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  6. Hey Joe (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  7. Title #3 (Previously Unreleased Recording)
  8. Third Stone From the Sun (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  9. Taking Care of No Business (Previously Unreleased Recording)
  10. Here He Comes (Lover Man) (Previously Unreleased Recording)
  11. Burning of the Midnight Lamp (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  12. If Six Was Nine (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  13. Rock Me Baby (Live: Monterey International Pop Festival, June 18, 1967) (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
  14. Like A Rolling Stone (Live: Monterey International Pop Festival, June 18, 1967) (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)

Disc 2:

  1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Live: Stockholm, Sweden, September 5, 1967)
  2. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp (Live: Stockholm, Sweden, September 5, 1967)
  3. Little Wing (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  4. Little Miss Lover (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  5. The Wind Cries Mary (Live: Olympia Theater, Paris, France, October 9, 1967) (Previously Unreleased Recording)
  6. Catfish Blues (Live: Olympia Theater, Paris, France, October 9, 1967) (Previously Unreleased Recording)
  7. Bold As Love (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  8. Sweet Angel (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  9. Fire (Live: Clark University, Worcester, Ma. March 15, 1968)
  10. Somewhere (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  11. (Have You Ever Been To) Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix
  12. Gypsy Eyes (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  13. Room Full Of Mirrors (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  14. Gloria (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  15. It's Too Bad (Previously Unreleased Recording)
  16. Star Spangled Banner (Studio Recording)

Disc 3:

  1. Stone Free (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  2. Spanish Castle Magic (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  3. Hear My Train A Comin' (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  4. Room Full of Mirrors (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  5. I Don't Live Today (Live: Los Angeles Forum, Ca., April 26, 1969) (Previously Unreleased Original Mix)
  6. Little Wing (Live: Royal Albert Hall, London, February 24, 1969)
  7. Red House (Live: San Diego Sports Arena, Ca., May 25, 1969)
  8. Purple Haze (Live: San Diego Sports Arena, Ca., May 25, 1969) (Previously Unreleased Original Mix)
  9. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) (Live: Royal Albert Hall, London, February 24, 1969)
  10. Izabella (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)

Disc 4:

  1. Message To Love (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  2. Earth Blues (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  3. Astro Man (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  4. Country Blues (Previously Unreleased Recording)
  5. Freedom (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  6. Johnny B. Goode (Live: Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, Ca., May 30, 1970)
  7. Lover Man (Previously Unreleased Recording)
  8. Blue Suede Shoes (Live: Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, Ca., May 30, 1970)
  9. Cherokee Mist (Previously Unreleased Recording)
  10. Come Down Hard On Me (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  11. Hey Baby/In From The Storm (Live: Maui, Hawaii July 30, 1970) (Previously Unreleased Recording)
  12. Ezy Ryder (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  13. Night Flying Bird (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
  14. All Along The Watchtower (Live: Isle Of Wight, England, August 30, 1970) (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
  15. In From The Storm (Live: Isle Of Wight, England, August 30, 1970) (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
  16. Slow Blues (Previously Unreleased Recording)

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #109572 in Music
  • Brand: Music CD
  • Published on: 2005-12-20
  • Released on: 2000-09-12
  • Rating: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Formats: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 4
  • Dimensions: 1.25" h x 6.25" w x 12.00" l, 1.73 pounds


  • Disc One
  • 1. Purple Haze - 3:26
  • 2. Killing Floor - 3:05
  • 3. Hey Joe - 2:52
  • 4. Foxey Lady - 3:27

Editorial Reviews
"Man, we don't fish or go bowling like other people do," Jimi Hendrix would say to bassist Billy Cox. "We make music, and this is fun." This remark explains how a man with three official studio albums could have produced so many compelling outtakes and oddities in a mere four years. To be sure, some of the alternate versions of the classic cuts across these four CDs are simply historical curiosities included to illustrate the development of a song. But the collection is also packed full of revelations.

Two 1966 live recordings from Paris--from the Experience's fourth performance--show just how early on the magic was evident, while two previously unreleased instrumentals from the Are You Experienced sessions of April 1967 show just how aware Hendrix, bassist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell were of their chemistry. Two songs from the landmark June Monterey Pop performance--including his unique take on Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," round out disc 1. Disc 2 finds Hendrix warming to the possibilities of the recording studio, especially once he took over for Chas Chandler at the production helm. Among the highlights are a deeply grooving demo of "Somewhere" from spring 1968, with some particularly supple guitar leads, and the haunting slow blues "It's Too Bad" spurred by jazz organist Larry Young and drummer Buddy Miles (eight months before the creation of the Band of Gypsies). Disc 3 begins with an updated and more dynamic 1969 version of "Stone Free," his first composition, but mostly displays Hendrix's guitar work at its most ferocious and freewheeling. Standouts include unreleased studio takes of "Hear My Train A-Comin'" and "Room Full of Mirrors" (the latter from Billy Cox's first session with Hendrix, heard here in take number 31), plus incredible concert forays into "Red House" and "Voodoo Chile" that were originally released on the posthumous (but powerful) Hendrix in the West. The final disc is in many ways the most interesting, as Hendrix's fusion of rock, jazz, blues, and funk was becoming increasingly luminous. Whereas Hendrix used to use the studio to put finishing touches on mostly formed compositions, by 1970 he was using his free-form studio jams as a wellspring for material. Heard here for the first time, "Cherokee Mist" (with Cox and Mitchell behind him) is a mesmerizing spontaneous creation and "Come Down Hard on Me" is a funky monster. Disc 4 also adds two more cuts from Hendrix in the West, including his spirited run through "Johnny B. Goode."

Thanks to his insatiable appetite for playing music, Hendrix crammed a career's worth of development into a few short years, moving from fiery psychedelic blues-rocker to soulful and brilliant musical synthesizer. Still, judging by the arc that's deftly traced across these discs, Hendrix's best music was still to come. At times, all this "extra" Hendrix material seems like a small consolation for all the music he did not get to make. But boy, we'll take 'em. Thankfully, he didn't fish or bowl like other people do. --Marc Greilsamer

Customer Reviews

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Great Music - Packaging has Changed and What's With The Cover Image?
By Ajo Way
I received this for Christmas. I have heard much of the material already through my Amazon Prime Music library where you can stream this for free.


The presentation of this box set has changed - probably why it is now a bargain? The lavish velvet box is gone. This is now a "short box" presentation and I'm fine with that but some may be disappointed so just putting up a warning flag for the prospective buyer.

The person who designed this package did not spend enough time evaluating images. The camera angle is unfortunate. What is Noel doing with his right hand? Has anyone else spotted this flub?

This new design is essentially a hard cover book with CD holders on the inside of thee front and back covers. The content is gorgeous (that is indeed the correct word even if it is a girly word) and informative. While it looks great and is printed on heavy paper, from a functional standpoint it makes it difficult to see what is written on the sentences closed to the spine.

The CD holders are a bit odd, there is no spindle and that may be a good thing. The CD holders have a bit of plastic that serves as a springy lockoning mechanism. Since I have no experience with these it's not possible to evaluate other than to write it is unusual.


There is so much to take in that I'm going to review each disc one-by-one over a few days:

Disc1: Some of these tracks can now be found elsewhere, the Monterey tracks being most obvious. There are "new" interesting takes on all of the classic 66/67 songs and a couple I have never heard before like Taking Care of No Business. The centerpoint of Disc 1 in my opinion is Third Stone From The Sun where we get to hear those weird slowed down words at regular speed before the actual song begins. It's rather like a little Star Trek skit, very amusing and Jimi and Chas are having great fun as evidenced by their laughter.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5A fabulous box set from the left handed man who just flipped his right handed Stratocaster over and player it backwards!
By Stan Koehne
All I can say is buy this box set.
It's worth every dollar.
I still can't figure out how left handed Jimi just flipped his right handed Stratocaster over and played it backwards.
I suppose that has a lot to do with how he was able to get his Strat to talk, walk and scream like no other guitar player EVER.
Stevie Ray Vaughan did a good job on some of his songs, but nothing comparable Hendrix.

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
5Sublime - Best Hendrix Family Release to Date
By Leo X Cox
First: The "Red House" on Disc 3, from the long out-of-print *In the West*, is worth the the price of the entire box. This is one of the great electric blues recordings of all time. Ditto the lyrical "Little Wing" that precedes it.
Second: The set is lovingly and beautifully mixed and mastered. The alternate studio takes are a revelation. There isn't a cut on all four discs that isn't essential to anyone who has ears to hear.
Hendrix was the greatest visionary musician of the 20th century. If you don't know that, if you suspect it but aren't quite sure, if you think "maybe yes, but what about Miles, Coltrane, Armstrong" etc., I say, get this set; go directly to disc 3, track 7, and think again. Which is not a cut to Louis Armstrong or anyone else in his class. They definitely made Hendrix possible. Maybe you won't agree with me in placing Hendrix a notch above, but in any event, he's in their company.
If you already know this, then KNOW THIS: there is much here that you've never heard, and that you NEED to hear. What a great thing that Hendrix didn't know how to write or read music; that he used the recording studio as his laboratory. This set contains much of that experimentation/improvisation. Along with the excellently recorded "live" cuts, the results are nothing short of IN-SIGHT (in the Longergan-ian sense)into one of the great musical geniuses of all time. Yes. Of all time.
This album spans Hendrix's entire solo career. On disc 1, you can hear why, Londoners, and later, New Yorkers at Club Wha, FREAKED OUT when they heard him play. It's still fresh and full of remarkable guitar playing. In addition to alternate takes from *Are You Experienced?* and *Axis Bold as Love*, you get his great Monterey Pop recordings of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" and lots of other juicy live stuff from Jimi's freakily manic early American concerts.
Disc 2 shows Hendrix getting more and more confident and centered in his vision. Plus, this is where he starts to use all his technical chops, not just as a guitarist (the best there ever was) but also as a studio technician. Eddie Kramer deserves loving credit here too. I don't know of any other more fruitful collaboration in the history of recorded music, with th possible exception of the Solti/Culshaw "Golden" Ring (Wagner: Der Ring des Niebelungen" on Decca/London)of the late 50's - early 60's.
Disc 3, with much of the previously released material from *In the West* has excellent versions of "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)," "Stone Free," and "Purple Haze."
Disc 4 has a lot of excellent alternate versions to songs that were made perfect in the miraculous live album "Band of Gypsies" and provide a glimpse into what might have been "Country Blues" and "Message to Love" are particularly fine.
The digital remastering is excellent. The sounds are beautifully mixed, showing that the Jimi Hendrix "experience" was the result of one man's vision supported by the indispensible collaboration of Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Billy Cox, Buddy Miles, the aforementioned Kramer, and Chas Chandler, among a host of others.
Shell out the cash for this set. You won't be disappointed.

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