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Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix Original recording remastered

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Experience Hendrix brings together the major singles with a stack of majestic album tracks and the career-defining live Woodstock version of "The Star Spangled Banner" on a fat 20-tracker. While best used as a sampler to direct new listeners to the immortal Are You Experienced, Electric Ladyland, and so on, the CD (which supplants the short-lived Ultimate Experience collection) does hang together as a listen. Its blend of Hendrix the rocker and Hendrix the underrated soul man is suggestive, painting a picture of a multifaceted genius and transcending its plainly mercenary origins. In the end, its effect--like that of all Hendrix's best records--is to remind us of a Jimi very, very much alive. --Rickey Wright

1. Purple Haze
2. Fire
3. The Wind Cries Mary
4. Hey Joe
5. All Along The Watchtower
6. Stone Free
7. Crosstown Traffic
8. Manic Depression
9. Little Wing
10. If 6 Was 9 - Jimmi Hendrix J
11. Foxey Lady
12. Bold As Love
13. Castles Made Of Sand
14. Red House - Jimmi Hendrix J
15. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
16. Freedom
17. Night Bird Flying
18. Angel
19. Dolly Dagger
20. Star Spangled Banner

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: November 3, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Experience Hendrix
  • ASIN: B00000DHZJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (446 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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185 of 200 people found the following review helpful By Levi Stofer on June 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is all you need! Not only does this include the radio hits (Purple Haze, Fire, etc.), but it also includes some of the under-rated gems that should have been hits (Bold as Love, Castles Made of Sand). This 20 track disc also includes the classic Woodstock performance of the Star Spangled Banner which is as much a historic moment as it is musical perfection.
Whether you're new to Hendrix or familiar, this cd satisfies. It may leave you wanting more, but personally, I feel all his best songs are accounted for. The only other cd I would strongly suggest buying would be Band of Gypsys which displays Jimi's tremendous talents in concert.
If you haven't agreed with anything I've said thus far, you can't deny that Hendrix was a true innovator of music and in the short 4 years that he recorded music, he accomplished more than most artists do in a lifetime. The Ultimate Experience is proof of that fact.
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95 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Jason Ross on March 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As a single-disc compilation, Experience Hendrix: The Best Of is an easy not so hard to beat thing. Drawing from all the original digitally remastered reissue MCA albums. This 20-track collection contain his hits of all the major highpoints in Hendrix's career songs like "Purple Haze", "Foxey Lady", "All Along The Watchtower", "Little Wing", "Red House", "The Wind Cries Mary", "Manic Depression" a live version from Woodstock of "Star Spangled Banner" and "Angel". It gives an accurate impression of why Jimi Hendrix was so revolutionary and influential in rock music history itself. All of his completed studio recordings are mandatory listening. As it is for a terrific guide introduction to this legendary guitarists own groundbreaking work!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Brian on March 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is truly a fantastic and mind boggling album, chronicling each part of young Jimi Hendrix's blossoming career up until his untimely 1970 death. Every single track is a gem, with fantastic guitar ax work and mind boggling lyrics, sometimes sad, sometimes chilling, and always descriptive and truthful.
In my opinion, the blossoming Hendrix fan cannot go wrong with this album. Each of the twenty tracks was well selected, and each represent different parts of his career. It is truly great, but it doesn't do Jimi complete justice. Live was where Jimi was at his best, as shown by the albums "Live At Woodstock" and "Live at the Fillmore East." I'd recommend picking up both this and a live album.
The finest songs on the collection are Jimi classics "Purple Haze," "Voodoo Child," and "Wind Cries Mary," in addition to not so well known tracks like "Angel", and "Night Bird Flying."
If you are new to the world of Jimi and don't know which album to pick up, I advise you to get this record, and get a good overview of the man's entire career.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Jimi was, is, and will always be the best...His music has influenced a lot of people, including me...I started playing guitar because of Jimi...But I, and all others who started playing guitar, will never be like Jimi...He was just a genious...No one, including Beck and Clapton, could create unbelievable improvisations like Hendrix..He could come up with unbelievable melodies in a tenth of a second...Everything he wanted to do with the guitar, he did...It is very sad that he died at age 27...And he has been dead longer than he lived...But he left us his great music...And his best songs are on EXPERIENCE HENDRIX: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix...Songs like "Purple Haze", "All Along The Watchtower", Voodoo Child (slight return") will always be popular...But there were some other songs on this CD that weren't great hits but still were great songs..."Night Bird Flying", "Freedom", "Angel", show Hendrix's ability to write great ballads and great funk/blues songs...Of course..This CD deserves 5 stars...but some songs are missing that should have been there..."Hey Baby(New Rising Sun"), which is one of Hendrix's best 5 songs, "Pali Gap" are as good as the ones that are on EXPERIENCE HENDRIX....But one song should have been definetely there...and that song is "Machine Gun"..i know that there was never a studio version of that song...But the version from the "Band of Gypsys" album is just breathtaking...and to me "Machine Gun" is Hendrix's masterpiece...and it should have been included on this Best Of CD...but overall..this is a great Album for people who are not very familiar with Hendrix...but after you buy this Best should buy "Are you Experienced?Read more ›
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Russell Sharp on September 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This would be a fine introduction to Hendrix's output or a sufficient single album for mild fans if not for the bad sound quality.

Unfortunately, when Hendrix's albums were re-released on CD in the late 1990's the re-mastering included extensive digital dynamic range compression, clipping and distortion that made the new versions unpleasant listens compared with older releases of the albums. This compilation is no exception. The volume of the recording is turned up -- but not in a good way -- and there seems to be some added digital distortion. (As if the extensive analog distortion in the original recordings weren't enough! In any event, if you're baffled as to why a record company would release a CD that sounds so awful, go to Wikipedia and look up the article entitled "loudness war.") I own this collection as well as older CD pressings of two Hendrix albums; the difference between the sound of the songs on this album and the sound of the same songs on the older albums is noticeable. If you've listened to this album and think I am overstating the matter, I strongly recommend listening to Hendrix on a CD issued prior to 1997 or vinyl pressing -- you will be surprised at the difference.

Fortunately, some of the early 1990's MCA pressings of Hendrix's albums are still available used. They're not perfect, but they have much better sound than this and won't give you a headache if you listen to them on a decent pair of headphones or speakers. And if you're looking for a best-of collection, try the out-of-print MCA compilation with a similar set of songs called "Ultimate Experience." I have not heard it but I would be willing to wager that it does not suffer from the clipping that plagues this release.
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