Jimi Hendrix Experience [Bonus Tracks]

Jimi Hendrix Experience [Bonus Tracks]

by The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceThe Jimi Hendrix Experience


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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 The book itself is wonderful; all tracks are fully documented and annotated, with lots of photos, many previously unpublished.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. [A 2013 re-release added four bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2013
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886976284329
catalogNumber: 762843
Rank: 39064

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimi Hendrix Experience   Primary Artist
Buddy Miles   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Graham Nash   Background Vocals
Steve Stills   Bass
Steve Winwood   Background Vocals
Roger Chapman   Background Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low   Background Vocals
Larry Lee   Rhythm Guitar
Noel Redding   Bass,Background Vocals
Ronettes   Background Vocals
Sweet Inspirations   Background Vocals
Billy Armstrong   Percussion
Paul Caruso   Harmonica
Chas Chandler   Background Vocals,Spoken Word
Billy Cox   Bass,Background Vocals
Chris Grimes   Percussion
Jimi Hendrix   Bass,Guitar,Harpsichord,Vocals,Background Vocals,Spoken Word
Duane Hitchings   Organ
Rocky Isaac   Drums
Mitch Mitchell   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Gary Walker   Background Vocals
Juma Sultan   Percussion
Arthur Allen   Background Vocals
Jerry Velez   Percussion
Chris Wood   Background Vocals
Albert Allen   Background Vocals
Marks   Percussion
Mily Way Express   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Jack Adams   Engineer
Lou Adler   Producer
Angel Balestier   Engineer
Tony Bongiovi   Engineer
Chas Chandler   Producer,Additional Production
George Chkiantz   Engineer
Bill Halverson   Engineer
Wally Heider   Engineer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer,Producer,Adaptation
Bob Hughes   Engineer
B.B. King   Composer
Eddie Kramer   Producer,Engineer
Vic Maile   Engineer
Van Morrison   Composer
Dave Siddle   Engineer
Gary Kellgren   Engineer
Dave Marsh   Essay
Mike Neal   Engineer
Bob Cotto   Engineer
Karl Ferris   Cover Photo
Abe Jacob   Engineer
Janie Hendrix   Producer
Joe Josea   Composer
Robert Petway   Composer
Vincent J. Gagliano   Engineer
Angel Sandoval   Engineer
Dave Ragno   Engineer
Tom Muccio   Engineer
Billy Roberts   Composer
Rune Hallberg   Producer
Mike Ross   Engineer
John McDermott   Producer,Essay
Chester Burnett   Composer

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