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The Jimi Hendrix Experience Box set, Original recording remastered

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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.

"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

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)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
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)
See all 16 tracks on this disc
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)
See all 10 tracks on this disc
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)
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Experience Hendrix
  • ASIN: B00004WKII
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Brian J Kern on September 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
30 years almost to the week of the death of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, MCA & Experience Hendrix release the first 4 disc box set "The Jimi Hendrix Experience". Almost immediately after removing the set from it's wrappings and feeling the velvet textured purple box cover you can tell that this set was done with an exacting attention to detail. All of the four disc's jewel cases are loaded with rare photo's of Jimi and the band. The 79 page book that is provided with the set is filled once again with rare photo's and unique perspectives into the magic that was Jimi performing. The 56 songs included in the set are all either previously unreleased studio versions or unreleased live versions all have been lovingly remastered by long-time Hendrix studio engineer Eddie Kramer. The sound was like these recordings had just been made, not 25 to 30 years ago! There is a great deal of Jimi's playful spirit in the studio shown throughout the disc's as he jokes with band members and studio crew and all of this is captured in the set. If you currently have none of Jimi's recordings in your collection, I strongly recommend that you start with this set! Musical highlights of the set are the Hendrix "modified" version of "Purple Haze", the live 1967 version of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone", Jimi's cover of the Beatles "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and the amazing unreleased version of the classic "Little Wing". My hat is off to Jimi, MCA and Experience Hendrix, 30 years later he is still the best!
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Tony C. on September 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
4 c.d.s , 56 rare or unreleased recordings, an 80 page color booklet with great photos and liner notes. All wrapped in a purple velvet box fit for the King of the electric guitar. This is the Gem of the Hendrix posthumous releases. The early live cuts from only the 4th live appearance show that the chemistry was there from the start. The cuts from the long out of print In The West L.P. alone make this an essential purchase. Little Wing live from the Albert Hall tops the studio version. Red House live from San Diego is as close as there is to a definitive version of Jimis' blues classic. Voodoo Child(slight return) live with no studio gimmicks is Stunning. The Chuck Berry classic Johnny B. Goode is given a royal workout by the Experience. I was amazed when I saw the live concert film Jimi Plays Berkley to see it was Jimi alone. It just doesnt get any better than this. A great studio cut of The Star Spangled Banner, a rousing Hear My Train A Comin' and Spanish Castle Magic. The stirring instumental cut of Little Wing. I could rave on and on about the treasures in this box. Jimi is the Master of the amplified six string , and his music sounds just as fresh today as it ever has. You can't miss with this one.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John on January 11, 2005
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I'm a big Hendrix fan, and when I first heard of this box set, my expectations were huge. I waited months for it to come out, the anticipation growing so high it seemed impossible for anything to fullfill it. Then it finally was released and I bought it.

On just the first look at the outside of the box, you already know it's gonna be great. It's covered in some kind of rich, purple velvet that looks and feels fantastic. Inside is an 80 page booklet with an essay by Dave Marsh, tons of photos, handwritten lyrics, and at least a paragraph about every song. Each of the four CD's come in it's own CD case.

The music on this set is a treasure trove for any Hendrix fan. Lots of great live tracks, but what steals the show are the amazing alternate takes and never before heard songs. The tracklisting goes pretty much in order from 1967 to Jimi's last recorded song, "Slow Blues", in 1970. Which only reminds you of how much Jimi did in so little time.


Disc One. Outtake of "Third Stone from the Sun". You can hear Jimi and Chas Chandler coming up with the spoken intro, as well as the rest of the song. First ever recording of "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" with Jimi working out the harpsichord part. Live covers of "Rock Me Baby" and "Like a Rolling Stone" are also fantastic.

Disc Two. Instrumental live in the studio "Little Wing". Live cover of "Gloria". Long never before heard blues song "It's Too Bad". And the live in-studio instrumental "Bold as Love", which to me is the best I've ever heard Jimi play. This track alone is worth the price of the set. I can listen to it on repeat all day. Disc two is the one you'll come back to the most along with...

Disc Three. This disc is all live.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By G. Wallace on October 29, 2000
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'South Saturn Delta' was the first disk of Hendrix rarities released by his sister and Eddie Kramer in their effort to restore the Hendrix catalog. Here are four more disks in a similar vein. While critics often scorned posthumous Hendrix releases after 'Cry of Love', most Hendrix fans could name tracks on those releases that were big favorites. I would consider "Like a Rolling Stone", "Star-Spangled Banner", and "Message of Love" essential Hendrix recordings. Tracks I hadn't heard that really knocked me out include an early version of "Little Wing", an instrumental early version of "Bold as Love" and a long blues improvisation "Country Blues". Nearly all the live tracks included in the set are of high quality, from the late 1966 show in Paris to 1970 Isle of Wight and Maui.
Hendrix dabblers should stick to the "Experience Hendrix" set and serious listeners should have the three studio disks released while Jimi was alive plus the "First Rays" set. But for those like me who think he may have dropped in from outer space this set is a must. I'm docking it one star for including too many inferior soundalike alternate takes. I don't mean to include several alternate early versions on the final disk, such as "Astro Man" and "Freedom", which are very different from the eventual releases.
Of course the guitar playing is astonishing. The man thought with his fingers and he's the most harmonically interesting guitar player I've ever heard in any genre.
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