Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. In 1961, he began
his career by touring with a variety of blues shows. In 1966, he
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced (MCA) 1967
This is one of the greatest guitar albums to come out of the 60's. Jimi Hendrix is one of the most influential guitarists ever. The contributions of drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding can't be underestimated either as they gave the music a rhythmic pulse that brought together parts of rock, heavy metal and jazz. Weird thing about Hendrix is that his music bridges music gaps, people into heavy metal like him; people into blues dig him; jazz, pop, whatever. They could have just re-released this album as Jimi's "Greatest Hits." Who would have know the difference as these songs are among Hendrix's very finest. This re-release features a ton of bonus tracks making a great album even greater!
Too many people have covered all these songs to even list but I'll always remember hearing Joe Perry singing "Red House" at the Aerosmith "Back in the Saddle" reunion tour. Also, King's X does a smoking version of " Manic Depression." Coroner, Winger, Frank Marino and Ted Nugent have covered Purple Haze.
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold as Love (MCA) 1967
1. "EXP" [instrumental]
The Experience's sophmore release is a classic 60's pop rock album and a precursor to the 70's heavy metal explosion. "Spanish Castle Magic," "Up From the Skies," "You Got Me Floatin'," and "Castles Made of Sand" are all massive jams mixing 60's rock 'n roll, blues and Jimi's own charismatic guitar antics. One of the most recognizable songs on the disc is "Little Wing", a beautiful melodic ballad and one of my favorite Hendrix tracks. Overall, I can't say that this disc is on the same level as "Are You Experienced" or even "Electric Ladyland" but "Axis: Bold As Love" is still heads and tail above everyone else.
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland (MCA) 1968
1. " And the Gods
Made Love" (1:21)
Hendrix experiments ever further with psychedelic songs and 60ís pop, trying to top the Beatles' "Sgt. Peppers" and perhaps The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds." Tons of studio experimentation with 1960's studio technology. I can't even imagine what Hendrix would have done with today's technology. "Rainy Day, Dream Away" is one of my favorite songs. It's one of those songs that frequents my mind whenever a drop of rain hits the desert lands that I now live in. Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," is a rock radio staple even today, almost 30 years later. Of course the extended blues-rock jam "Voodoo Chile" is also a standout cut. The cover above is the third different cover this album has had. The original gatefold album cover featured a room full of naked women sitting around. The second cover was was similar to the cover above, but showed Hendrix from the side in yellows and oranges.
Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys (Capitol) 1970
1. "Who Knows? "
Jimi parts with the Experience and joins up with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles to record this live album recorded at the Fillmore East in New York on December 31, 1969. This album is less bluesy, more funk and jazz filled rock than any of Jimi's Experience albums. "Machine Gun" is an epic, classic song that displays some of the most wicked guitar playing Jimi has ever played. " Band of Gypsys " is an absolutely awesome album!
"Midnight Lightning" is the posthumous ninth studio album by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix and was released in November 1975. It was the sixth Hendrix studio album released after his death and the second to be produced by Alan Douglas. The songs used on the album consisted of post-Jimi Hendrix Experience recordings with studio musicians brought in to overdub parts of songs. The only original recording on the record, apart from those of Jimi himself is Mitch Mitchell's drumming on "Hear My Train A Comin'". (The cover features the shortened title "Hear My Train".) "Blue Suede Shoes" is a cover of the Carl Perkins hit song.
The album is far from a fan favorite, but is one that I use to listen to a lot when I was a kid. As such, it holds a lot of nostalgic value for me. Many fans thought the addition of new studio parts was blasphemy, but frankly, I don't care. Controversy notwithstanding, the songs are good, the playing is fantastic and as far as I am concerned, this is a classic Jimi Hendrix album. The title track is worth the price of admission alone. It is one of Jimi's most intense guitar assaults equal to anything he released while he was alive.
The album features one of my favorite Hendrix album covers. It's a fairly simple painting of Jimi, but it's quite beautiful in it's simplicity. I own this one on vinyl.
Jimi Hendrix - Woodstock (MCA) 1994
One of the most historical music events ever captured on tape. Jimi Hendrix was the headliner of the famous Woodstock festival and also the most highly paid of any band. Of course, "The Star Spangled Banner" from this show is legendary in and of itself. Bootlegs have floated around for years of this concert, as well as poorly mastered vinyl copies. MCA finally released a decent, properly mastered copy of this legendary concert in 1994.
Jimi Hendrix - Blues (Polydor) 1994
1. Hear My Train A Comin'"
"Blues" is a collection of blues songs recorded during different periods of Jimi's career. Jimi not only pays homage to some influential blues forefathers on this CD, but also proves himself to be quite the bluesman himself. This CD also shows how important and influential the Delta Blues were to Hendrix. There is not doubting he was one of the most influential guitarists of the 21st century. Even his sloppiest, drug induced playing was so rich and charismatic. The opening track is a wonderful acoustic version of "Hear My Train a Comin'" played on a 12-string guitar which has a rich delta blues style. This is followed up by an electric version of Booker T. Jones' "Born Under A Bad Sign". This song is nothing more than a jam. Those who appreciate Jimi's guitar mastery will appreciate this drawn out version. "Red House" is a Jimi Hendrix staple that fits well on this posthumous collection. One of the highlights here is the superb version of Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy". Another standout track is the twelve minute electric version of "Hear My Train". If I didn't know any better, I wouldn't have even recognized it as the same song that the album started with. This is one album I really enjoy from beginning to end. It's not quite as manic and psychedelic as some of Jimi's other releases and is a perfect album to kick back to and just enjoy. There are also extensive liner notes included and plenty of photos to digest while listening as well.
Jimi Hendrix - First Rays of the New Rising Sun (MCA) 1997
Apparently Jimi was working on this album before his death on Sept. 18. 1970. He never completely finished the album so questions still abound as to what Hendrix's ultimate vision for this double album would have been. This album has been remixed, overdubbed, split up and released under several different titles including "The Cry of Love," "War Heroes," "Rainbow Bridge," and "Voodoo Soup." This particular compilation, however, was put out by the Hendrix family and returns back to the original master tapes from Jimi's own Electric Ladyland Studio vaults and presents the album as close as is possible to what Jimi imagined the album to be. The mixes on this disc are actually the mixes that Eddie Kramer and Jimi were working on before his death. Many reviews I have read, and even the liner notes, state that Jimi was headed in a new direction with this album. While there is some slightly less psychedelic stuff going on, I think the bluesy hard rock isn't that far off from what the Experience was doing in the 60's, with the possible exception of the funk heard in tracks like "Dolly Dagger." This song was to actually be the first single released off this album, but Jimi's tragic death changed everything.
Neil Turbin recorded a cover of "Dolly Dagger".
Jimi Hendrix - South Saturn Delta (MCA) 1997
1. "Look over Yonder"
South Saturn Delta is
a collection of Hendrix rarities. All but one of the 15 tracks were ever officially
released in the U.S. that spans his entire career. This is an awesome collection
of jams. What is most amazing about this album is that is consists of mostly
outtakes. Jimi must have been the pickiest studio musician in the world because
these takes are brilliant. The man is a legend!
Jimi Hendrix Experience - BBC Sessions (Experience Hendrix) 1998
Now this was one heck of a find! I found this two-disc set new and still sealed at Hasting's for $2.50. Now tell me that wasn't a mismark! Anyhow, this CD is a collection of the recordings that Jimi Hendrix made for BBC radio in the late 1960s. It contains some of Jimi's greatest songs ("Foxy Lady," "Fire," "Purple Haze," and "Hey Joe") as well as some rarely heard covers (Steve Wonder's "I Was Made To Love Her" (featuring Steve Wonder on drums), Bob Dylan's "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?," the Beatles' "Day Tripper," Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor" and Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love." There's also a lot of killer blues on this compilation; Hendrix's versions of the blues standard "Hoochie Coochie Man" absolutely shines and is worth the price of the disc alone. (Motorhead has also covered this song.) There are a few moments of Jimi's humor as well, like on the radio I.D. "Radio One. " The entire thing is put together by studio guru Eddie Kramer (Kiss, Frehley's Comet, Derik & the Dominos), so the fidelity is top notch to boot. Like I said, this was one heck of a find!
Oh and one other thing, I left the cover art above bigger on purpose. I just thought that the picture of the Experience with their hair bigger than life was hilarious. Now that's what I call "hair metal!"
Jimi Hendrix - His Greatest Hits (Legacy International) 1998
1. "Little Ivy"
The Jimi Hendrix catalog is a bit confusing. First of all, this CD is not an officially licensed album, as far as I know. Second, the title is very misleading as this is not a collection of Jimi's studio recordings. Rather, this is a repackaging of Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London which was filmed and recorded on February 24 1969. The recording was released with a nearly identical cover and track listing under the title "The Last Experience: His Final Live Performance" as well. Regardless of the specifics of the recordings, this is Jimi at his most outrageous. There are some problems with the recording itself. Having "Wild Thing" cut in half is annoying. There are also some other issues with the recording, but these are a minor issue in comparison to the having this piece of Hendrix history. "Bleeding Heart" and ""Room Full of Heart" are outstanding and reason enough to own this CD. The "Smashing of the Amps" also appears on His Greatest Hits Vol. 2 for some strange reason. It's really just a bunch of noise with as bit of the Star Spangled Banner mixed in.
Jimi Hendrix - His Greatest Hits Vol. II (Legacy)
1 "Stone Free"
With a misleading title of "Greatest Hits", this CD is actually part of the Last Experience Concert: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London. According to the liner notes it was recorded on Feb. 18, 1969. Other sources have February 24 1969 listed. Either way, this concert was filmed and recorded, because it was planned to be released as a movie, Experience. The movie has never seen an official release. Rather it has been released under various names and is one of Jimi Hendrix's most widely distributed bootlegs.. Surprisingly I was able to find very little about this particular release on-line. There is also a His Greatest Hits Vol. I, as well as one simply titled "The Last Experience" which have the same track listing as each other and were also recorded at the Royal Albert Hall. As for the music itself, well, it's Jimi Hendrix live. Even at his worst, he was one of the most entertaining axe abusers out there. I love it! You gotta love the extended jams in "Stone Free" and "Hear My Train A Comin'". If that's not enough for you check out the obnoxious rendition of "Star Spangled Banner" complete with total guitar amp annihilation. I am unsure of the year this CD was released.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience (MCA) 2000
Simply outstanding! A four CD box set that features nothing but alternative takes, unreleased tracks and live recordings of Jimmy and his Experience. While jamming, there is an 80 page, full color book to peruse. All this wrapped up in a purple velvet covered box. This is a sweet box set indeed. No need to really go into detail about each and every song. There are some songs that suffer a bit sonically, but Jimi makes up for this in pure finesse. I can't get enough!
Jimi Hendrix - Live at Berkeley: 2nd Show (MCA) 2003
This is probably one of the most bootlegged shows that Jimi Hendrix ever performed. I use to own a vinyl bootleg of this show, although I have forgotten the name. So, it only makes sense that the family of Jimi Hendrix release it officially and beat the bootleggers at their own game. The Berkeley shows were also filmed and released in part. However, as far as I know neither the bootlegs nor the video contained the entire show as this CD release does. This performance has Hendrix playing loose, but still with the same passion that made Hendrix the superstar he was. The loosness in his playing may very well be due to Hendrix's overwhelming addiction to drugs at this point. It's really sad that such a musical genius was so lost in such a destructive habit. Frankly, however, Jimi sounds great. I have always loved his fuzzy, dirty guitar tone, and it sounds excellent here as well. Some of the solos are outstanding! Just take a listent to "Stone Free" or "Machine Gun" and see if it doesn't send chills down your spine. The track listing here is good, with several hits mixed in with some of his "newer" material. Bassist Billy Cox really wails on this CD. This CD issue was mixed and produced by longtime producer Eddie Kramer, so while the sonics aren't perfect, they are far better than I remember the bootlegs being. Overall, a CD that shouldn't disappoint any Jimi Hendrix fans. Even at his slopiest, Hendrix was still the king of the Strat!
Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Soup (MCA) 1995
1. "The New Rising
Sun" [instrumental] (3:21)
It's amazing just how many outtakes that Hendrix has. "Voodoo Soup" is yet another attempt to recreate and cash in on Jimi Hendrix's unfinished final studio album. I guess I am a Hendrix die-hard, because despite the poor reviews this CD garnered when it came out, I absolutey love it. Hendrix just had such a charm and charisma to his playing, that even at his sloppiest, I still found it enjoyable. Apparently many were offended that the drum tracks were re-recorded by the drummer of the Knack. Personally, I think that is a shame as well, but he did a fine job here. The sound quality here is much better than most of the crappy bootleg versions of these songs that I have owned in the past. However, some would say they are a bit overpolished for Hendrix. (I guess everyone has to complain about something.) The booklet is quite nice, featuring a lot of reading material and a very cool, retro cover.
LIVE USA, Imtrat, IMT 900.036,
Jimi Hendrix - Live USA (Imtrat 2cd/920.004)
I love live Jimi Hendrix. No two shows sound the same. "Live USA" is a bootleg, and as such, the sound quality isn't superb, but then again, I've heard far worse bootlegs than this. As with the Kiss and Aerosmith Imtrat discs I own, the Jimi Hendrix discs is a good listen despite some of the sound issues. Most of the material here is from a soundboard recording of the July 17th, 1970 at the New Pop Festival on Randall's Island (Tracks 1-10 Disc1). These tracks have the best sound quality. The remainder of the tracks are either from Los Angels, at the LA Forum, April 26, 1969 (Tracks 10-11 Disc 1 & 1,6,7 Disc 2) or from a variety of other shows. There are tons of mistakes in the playing. Jimi wasn't at his best here. He severely screws up the second verse to "Fire" but plays it like the pro he was. Still Jimi's worst playing is still better than other guitarist's best.
In 1967 The Jimi Hendrix Experience were quickly making a name for themselves in England but were little known in the U.S., when they appeared at Monterey International Pop Festival in June of 1967. The three day festival, which included artists like The Who, Otis Reading, Canned Head, and the Animals pulled in over 200,000 people. The festival is widely regarded as the precursor to the infamous Woodstock Festival. The Experience took the stage on the final day, June 18, 1967. They tore through a mix of original songs like "Purple Haze," "Foxy Lady," "The Wind Cries Mary" and covers like Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor" and the super climactic "Wild Thing" to close the show. This version of "Wild Thing" is one of the most notable live performances ever. In an monumental, iconic moment in rock and roll history, Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire at the conclusion of the song and let it burn. The famous photos of Hendrix on his knees in front of the flaming Stratocaster are taken from this show. Jimi's cover of B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby" features the music from Jimi's own "Here He Comes (Lover Man)", with the lyrics from King's song. Also of note, Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones introduced The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
This performance has been released several times under numerous titles, including the infamous "Monterey International Pop Festival - Otis Redding/The Jimi Hendrix Experience" split vinyl that was released in tribute to two of the Festival's artists that gave memorable performances. This 2007 CD reissue is mastered and mixed by Eddie Kramer, Jimi's original engineer, and features a stereo mix for the first time. (The DVD soundtrack, which was released at the same time, features a new 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo mixes, also by Eddie Kramer.) Apparently this CD reissue also included the entire performance with all Jimi's banter and guitar tuning, whereas past releases have edited out some of these things. Even so, the entire performance is just over 40 minutes long. The CD come wrapped in a full color digi-pack that contains a 24 page, full color booklet. The booklet is packed full of photos from the legendary performanceJimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile-Greatest Hits (Weton-Westram) 2008
This is a collection of mostly live Hendrix tracks, much of which sounds like bootleg material. All of this material has been released on various vinyl and CD bootlegs over the years. Regardless, it's Hendrix so it's worthy of a listen.
Listening to disc one, you have to wonder just how messed up or drunk Jimi is. "Purple Haze" is absolutely horrendous. At track number five, the sound quality changes for the worse, making me wonder where these performances were stitched together from. There is no information in the packaging to tell you where the songs were recorded. Once Jim Morrison of the Doors joins the show things get even sloppier, funnier and strangely bizarre. Morrison sings (if you can call it that) on "Bleeding Heart", "Woke Up This Morning and Found Myself Dead", "Morrison's Lament'" and the cover of The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows". Morrison is mostly incomprehensible when he is even audible at all. Much of the time he is either mumbling or screaming like an angry drunk. In Morrison's drunken state, his expletive-filled, sexually-explicit rant titled "Morrison's Lament" is pathetic and not something that most people are going to want to revisit more than once. However, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison together is rock and roll history, and is an interesting listen for long time fans. On the positive side, the instrumental version of "Sunshine of Your Love" is an interesting cut. Even at his worst, Hendrix brings something to the table. These songs have been released before on a bootleg called "Woke Up This Morning and Found Myself Dead". The song were recorded live at The Scene, New York City.
Jimi Hendrix - Valleys of Neptune (Legacy) 2010
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Winterland (Experience Hendrix/Legacy) 2011
It has been said that the Hendrix family has been milking the Jimi Hendrix catalog for a long time, releasing sub-standard stuff that Jimi himself never intended for people to hear. However, fans of Jimi are not complaining too much as releases like the "Winterland" box set stands as a fitting tribute of the guitar legend. Released on September 13, 2011 and compiled across four CDs, this is an extensive look at the six performances that the Jimi Hendrix Experience undertook on October 10, 11 and 12, 1968 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California. With three shows presented on three discs and a fourth disc of other outtakes from these performances, it's fairly easy to get lost in the sheer amount of material presented. However an additional 20-minute interview recorded a month later provides context for the "experience".
All the material here is soundboard recordings from the six shows. Each disc is supposedly the best performances of that particular day, so though the first three discs are presented as one show, they are actually a compilation of songs from the two shows from that day. This is not unusual and many classic live albums were recorded the same way. Surprisingly, considering the year these were recorded, the sound is fantastic. Even the smallest details, such as a flute on "Are You Experiences" are clearly heard. Noal Redding's bass rings through in each and every song. Of course Jimi's guitar is the focus and is out front and center, but it's never so out front that the other instruments are drowned out of the mix.
There are far too many songs to go into a song by song analysis, but some highlights include two lengthy jams called "Tax Free", two roaring covers of Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love" and two very laid back versions of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone". As with most Hendrix shows, the songs are stretched, extended jams. Songs like "Are You Experienced?", "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and "Red House" are over twelve minutes long each.
The four disc collection is packaged with an oversized digi-book and a contains a 36-page booklet packed full of photos and reading material. "Winterland' is definitely not a collection for the casual fan, but diehards should find plenty to like about this one.
1. Earth Blues (3:35)
2. Somewhere (4:06)
3. Hear My Train A Comin' (5:42)
4. Bleeding Heart (3:59)
5. Let Me Move You (6:51)
6. Izabella (3:44)
7. Easy Blues [instrumental] (5:58)
8. Crash Landing (4:15)
9. Inside Out (5:05)
10. Hey Gypsy Boy (3:40)
11. Mojo Man (4:08)
12. Villanova Junction Blues [instrumental] (1:45)
With the release of any "new" Jimi Hendrix there seems to be opposition, angry fans and controversy. Jimi Hendrix has been dead for decades, so anything new that is released is, of course, going to be rehashed, retreaded, remixed or just re-released. So in reality, "People, Hell & Angels" is not really all that "new". This CD is being billed as "twelve never before released Jimi Hendrix studio recordings...showcasing the legendary guitarist working outside of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience trio." Someone is really stretching the definition of "new" considering that this really a collection of alternate takes, demos and variations of songs we've all heard before. How many times have we heard "Hear My Train A Comin'", Izabella" or "Earth Blues"? Frankly I think some of the other versions previously released are better than these. The definitive studio version of "Izabella"was released on "First Rays of The New Rising Sun", though I am also partial to the live version on "Woodstock". "Bleeding Heart" was released just a few years ago on the last "new" recording "Valley of the Neptunes". This version seems a little looser than that version. "Hey Gypsy Boy" was previously released on the "Midnight Lightning" album with the controversial Alan Douglas overdubs. The version included here is said to be the original version as Jimi intended it, which is cool to hear. Many of these songs included here feature Jimi's Band of Gypsys bandmates Billy Cox & Buddy Miles.
Aside from all the specifics of what song came from where and which song has been released before, "People, Hell & Angels" is still an enjoyable listen. I sat down one night, kicked back in my easy chair, cranked this CD on and just relaxed and listened. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and really, that's all that matters. Just about every Hendrix fanatic pines to hear anything from the guitar legend, including myself. Even the sloppiest of demo tracks or live recordings are gold, which is exactly how I feel about this CD.