The Jimi Hendrix Experience (4-CD Box Set)
  • Redding, Hendrix & Mitchell
    Redding, Hendrix & Mitchell
  • Jimi Hendrix
    Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

The Jimi Hendrix Experience (4-CD Box Set)

Box Sets & Special Editions

Personnel:
Jimi Hendrix (g, vcl), Noel Redding, Billy Cox (b), Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Miles (d), Larry Young (org), Larry Lee (g), Juma Sultan, Jerry Velez (perc), Steve Winwood (vcl)

Reference: 88875132422

Bar code: 888751324220

The Jimi Hendrix Experience legendary “Purple Box,” which Rolling Stone’s David Fricke proclaimed “The Rolls Royce of posthumous Hendrix sets” has earned RIAA Gold Album sales status in the US and has enjoyed widespread critical and commercial success throughout the world. This new four CD box set, includes the entire original edition in addition to four tracks eagerly sought by fans of the legendary guitarist.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience is not a collection of previously existing recordings from Hendrix’s famous studio albums. The Jimi Hendrix Experience presents 60 previously unreleased or unavailable studio and concert recordings from a remarkable four-year period in musical history –1966-1970– when guitarist Jimi Hendrix was bringing pop and blues and jazz and soul and psychedelia together and changing the way everybody listened to everything.

First released in 2000, The Jimi Hendrix Experience box is sequenced in chronological order, beginning with the first known recordings of the Jimi Hendrix Experience in October 1966, and continuing through the recording of his groundbreaking studio albums as well as a variety of transcendent performances, and ending with the artist’s final multi-track recording session at New York’s Electric Lady Studios in August 1970.

The new edition of The Jimi Hendrix Experience –which includes all the alternate versions of classics like “Purple Haze,” “Foxey Lady,” “Bold As Love” and “Little Wing” and stunning, unheard Hendrix music such as “It’s Too Bad” and “Country Blues” contained in the original 2000 box– offers fans additional new tracks either previously unreleased such as a commanding performance of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” from Hendrix’s unforgettable October 1968 performances at Winterland in San Francisco. The original recording of “Peace In Mississippi” from the October 1968 sessions at TTG Studios, previously available only as the b-side of the 2010 “Valleys Of Neptune” single is a welcome addition to the collection as is a rare, recently discovered 1967 performance of “Burning Of The Midnight Lamp. The original UK single mix of “The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam’s Dice,” now makes its US debut as part of this special collection.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience also includes an 80 page color booklet filled with rare photos, essays and annotation by Dave Marsh and John McDermott and detailed track notes.

Tracklist

CD 1

01. Purple Haze
02. Killing Floor
03. Hey Joe
04. Foxey Lady
05. Highway Chile
06. Hey Joe
07. Title #3
08. 3rd Stone From The Sun
09. Taking Care Of No Business
10. Here He Comes [Lover Man]
11. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
12. If 6 Was 9
13. Rock Me Baby
14. Like A Rolling Stone
15. Burning of the Midnight Lamp
16. The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam's Dice

CD 2

01. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
02. Burning of the Midnight Lamp
03. Little Wing
04. Little Miss Lover
05. The Wind Cries Mary
06. Catfish Blues
07. Bold As Love
08. Sweet Angel
09. Fire
10. Somewhere
11. (Have You Ever Been To) Electric Ladyland
12. Gypsy Eyes
13. Room Full Of Mirrors
14. Gloria
15. Peace in Mississippi
16. It's Too Bad
17. Star Spangled Banner

CD 3

01. Stone Free
02. Like a Rolling Stone
03. Spanish Castle Magic
04. Hear My Train A Comin'
05. Room Full Of Mirrors
06. I Don't Live Today
07. Little Wing
08. Red House
09. Purple Haze
10. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
11. Izabella

CD 4

01. Message To Love
02. Earth Blues
03. Astro Man
04. Country Blues
05. Freedom
06. Johnny B. Goode
07. Lover Man
08. Blue Suede Shoes
10. Come Down Hard On Me
11. Hey Baby / In From The Storm
12. Ezy Ryder
13. Night Bird Flying
14. All Along The Watchtower
15. In From the Storm
16. Slow Blues

Album details

Jimi Hendrix, plays guitar in all tracks
Accompanied mainly by Noel Redding (bass) and Mitch Mitchell (drums). Other musicians involved are Billy Cox (bass), Buddy Miles (drums), Larry Young (organ), Larry Lee (rhythm guitar), Juma Sultan, Jerry Velez (percussion), Steve Winwood (backing vocals).

Recording details Disc One
Track #1: DeLane Lea Studios, London, UK, January 11, 1967
Tracks #2-3: Live at the Olympia Theater, Paris, France October 18, 1966
Track #4: CBS Studios, London, UK, December 13, 1966
Track #5: Olympic Studios, London, UK April 3, 1967
Track #6: Pye Studios, London, UK, October 1966
Track #7: Olympic Studios, London, UK, April 3, 1967
Track #8: DeLane Lea Studios, London, UK, January 11, 1967
Track #9: Olympic Studios, London, UK, May 4, 1967
Track #10: Olympic Studios, London, UK, April 4, 1967
Track #11: Olympic Studios, London, UK, May 9, 1967
Track #12: Olympic Studios, London, UK, May 4, 1967
Tracks #13-14: Live at the Monterey International Pop Festival, CA, June 18, 1967
Track #15: Live at the Dee Time, Lime Grove Studios, London, August 22, 1967
Track #16: Mayfair Studios, New York, July 19, 20, 1967

Recording details Disc Two
Tracks #1-2: Live in Stockholm, Sweden, September 5, 1967
Track #3: Olympic Studios, London, UK, October 25, 1967
Track #4: Olympic Studios, London, UK, October 1, 1967
Tracks #5-6: Live at the Olympia Theater, Paris, France, October 19, 1967
Track #7: Olympic Studios, London, UK, October 5, 1967
Track #8: Olympic Studios, London, UK, November 13, 1967
Track #9: Live at Clark University, Worcester, MA, March 15, 1968
Track #10: Sound Center, New York, NY, March 1968
Track #11: Record Plant, New York, NY, June 14, 1968
Track #12: Record Plant, New York, NY, April 22, 1968
Track #13: Record Plant, New York, NY, August 12, 1968
Track #14: TTG Studios, Hollywood, CA, October 29, 1968
Track #15: TTG Studios, Hollywood, CA, October 24, 1968
Track #16: Record Plant, New York, NY, February 11, 1969
Track #17: Record Plant, New York, NY, March 18, 1969

Recording details Disc Three
Track #1: Record Plant, New York, NY, April, 7, 1969
Track #2: Live at the Winterland, San Francisco, CA, October 10, 1968
Tracks #3-4: Olympic Studios, London, UK, February 17, 1969
Track #5: Record Plant, New York, NY, April 21, 1969
Track #6: Live at the Los Angeles Forum, CA, April 26, 1969
Track #7: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, February 24, 196
Tracks #8-9: Live at the San Diego Sports Arena, CA, May 25, 1969
Track #10: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, February 24, 1969
Track #11: Hit Factory New York, NY, August 29, 1969

Recording details Disc Four
Tracks #1-2: Record Plant, New York, NY, December 19, 1969
Track #3: Record Plant, New York, NY, January 21, 1970
Track #4: Record Plant, New York, NY, January 23, 1970
Track #5: Record Plant, New York, NY, February 16, 1970
Track #6: Live at the Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA, May 30, 1970
Track #7: Live at the Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY, July 20, 1970
Track #8: Live at the Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA, May 30, 1970
Track #9: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY, June 14, 1970
Track #10: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY, July 15, 1970
Track #11: Live in Maui, Hawaii, July 30, 1970
Track #12: Record Plant, New York, NY, December 18, 1969
Track #13: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY, June 16, 1970
Tracks #14-15: Live at the Isle Of Wight, England, UK, August 30, 1970
Track #16: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY, August 20, 1970

Mastering by Eddie Kramer & George Marino at Sterling Sound, New York City
Essays by Dave Marsh & John McDermott
Design: Stan Stanski & Phil Yarnall
Cover photo: Karl Ferris

This compilation produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer & John McDermott, for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.

Press reviews

"The Hendrix family continues its reissue campaign with the release of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, a lavish four-disc box set that should be a boon to Hendrix collectors everywhere. With a beautiful 80-page booklet, and purporting to have 46 unreleased tracks, further inspection actually reveals less than meets the eye, at least for collectors.

The problem is that real collectors have already heard most of this material, and not only through bootleg sources. Many of the previously unreleased tracks are just new mixes of live tracks that were issued as part of Stages, Live at Monterey, and Lifelines. Also included is a new mix of the "Gloria" single. While the sound quality is somewhat better (handled by the expert Eddie Kramer), the new mixes do not differ substantially from the earlier versions. With the inclusion of virtually all of In the West, and a few quality tracks from Rainbow Bridge and Crash Landing (without the wretched mid-'70s overdubs), The Jimi Hendrix Experience almost seems like a shelf-clearing exercise, taking care of the leftover tracks that fans have been clamoring for en masse.

The real highlights of the set are the early studio outtakes, presumably from the cache that Chas Chandler withheld from Alan Douglas for so many years. Interestingly, one of the most enjoyable aspects of these studio outtakes is the control room banter that takes place. There isn't a ton of it, but there are some highly enjoyable moments. At the end of "Purple Haze," Hendrix starts to giggle and throws in "Mary Had a Little Lamb." The version of "Third Stone From the Sun" has Chandler and Hendrix's recording of the spoken bits used on the song, tacked on to the beginning. It's great to hear Hendrix cracking up throughout their interstellar conversation.

Another moment subtly hints at the frictions that were to end up dissolving the Chandler-Hendrix partnership. After seven minutes of take 21 of "Bold As Love," Hendrix is heard to say, "let's try it one more time, alright?" to which Chas Chandler dejectedly replies "oooohh."

The book itself is wonderful; all tracks are fully documented and annotated, with lots of photos, many previously unpublished. There are also recording studio log sheets, newspaper articles, poster/flyers, and Hendrix's handwritten lyrics reproduced. All in all, The Jimi Hendrix Experience is a fine addendum to the Hendrix legacy, but not the place to start; this is a set for someone who already has the studio albums and can't get enough of his genius. The disappointment a hardcore collector might feel at having heard most of this material already should be outweighed by the beautiful, warm sound achieved by Eddie Kramer and the general high quality of the package."

Sean Westergaard -All Music Guide

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