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Winterland (5 CD Box Set) ( Exclusive) Box set

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B0055PL5KO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tax Free
2. Lover Man
3. Sunshine of Your Love
4. Hear My Train A Comin
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Tax Free
2. Like a Rolling Stone
3. Lover Man
4. Hey Joe
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Disc: 3
1. Fire
2. Lover Man
3. Like a Rolling Stone
4. Manic Depression
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Foxy Lady
2. Are You Experienced
3. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
4. Red House
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Killing Floor
2. Red House
3. Catfish Blues
4. Dear Mr. Fantasy [Part One]
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Editorial Reviews

Winterland is drawn from six stellar shows recorded over three days (October 10, 11 and 12, 1968) at San Francisco's historic Winterland Ballroom. These special performances celebrated the two year anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and came just as the groundbreaking album Electric Ladyland was released.

Winterland presents some of Hendrix s most spectacular guitar work and is filled with rare live versions of classic songs such as "Manic Depression," "Are You Experienced?," "Tax Free," and "Little Wing" that are not part of any other Sony Legacy release. Fans will also enjoy Hendrix's dramatic interpretations of Cream s "Sunshine Of Your Love" and Howlin Wolf s "Killing Floor" [with the Experience joined by Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady] as well his rendition of Bob Dylan s "Like A Rolling Stone," which has been selected as the lead track for this special release.

This special deluxe box set features never before released music from each of the six unforgettable Winterland performances. The new standard and deluxe editions of Winterland are markedly different from a single disc compilation, long out of print, that was briefly issued by Rykodisc in 1987 and 1988.

The deluxe edition also presents a rare interview with Hendrix recorded backstage at the Boston Garden a few weeks after the Winterland performances. This previously unreleased bonus provides fans with a unique window into Hendrix's views about his background, his approach to the guitar and songwriting and future direction of his music.

The deluxe edition also features a 36 page booked filled with previously unpublished images by acclaimed photographers Robert Knight, Allen Tannenbaum and Jim Marshall as well as an essay by noted Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke.

The bonus disc features an amateur stereo recording made of Jimi's sold out February 4, 1968 Winterland performance.

This official bootleg recording showcases Jimi's love for the blues and includes versions of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor," the Muddy Waters influenced "Catfish Blues" as well a majestic rendition of "Red House". The recording also features an impromptu, extended rendition of Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" with Buddy Miles sitting in for Mitch Mitchell. "Dear Mr. Fantasy" is presented here in two separate parts. When the recording was originally made, the first side of the tape ended abruptly and came off the spool. The tape operator then hurriedly flipped the reel over, rethreaded the tape and snapped on the record button.

Fortunately, this rough hewn, soundboard recording survived and provides another compelling chapter in Jimi's rich legacy.
Disc Five (Amazon Exclusive)
1. Killing Floor
2. Red House
3. Catfish Blues
4. Dear Mr. Fantasy [Part One]
5. Dear Mr. Fantasy [Part Two]

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Customer Reviews

Sound quality is very good also.
Hendrix and the Experience did six shows in three days on October 10-12, 1968; this 4 CD set represents the best performances from all 6 shows and is quite good.
A MUST HAVE for all Hendrix fans!!

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110 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 13, 2011
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In a nutshell-this box contains some very good Hendrix/Experience. This compilation will be good value for most Hendrix fans (like me) who don't own the complete concert series released a number of years ago. Each disc contains over an hour of music, except disc 4, which has about 3/4 of an hour of music plus an almost 20 minute interview with Hendrix. The "bonus" disc contains about 33 minutes of music from the second show on 02-04-68. The discs are snapped in, inside the front and back covers of the holder. The "bonus" disc slips inside a cardboard holder and can fall out if you're not careful. The booklet is stapled inside the hard covers.

The sound is fine (excepting the "bonus" disc which is of lower fidelity-a bit distant sounding), and the performances across the 4 discs are good to stunning. The extra CD has some good Hendrix guitar on "Killing Floor". "Red House" is relatively short but exciting and to the point. "Catfish Blues"-very loose and jammy sounding-begins fine and then slips into a go nowhere drum solo before Hendrix comes back in. "Dear Mr. Fantasy (Part One)"-another jam sounding tune, (both parts are instrumental)-with Buddy Miles on drums-begins with a 1 1/2 minute "tune up" and has that typical Miles relentless drum sound, and some good, intense guitar. "Part Two" has Hendrix in fiery form with Miles keeping up all the way. The Hendrix interview is interesting, but once you've heard it non-essential. The booklet has some great photographs-some never seen before, and the essay by David Fricke is insightful and interesting as far as it goes. He combines an overview of Hendrix and the band, the era, and the Winterland concerts in particular. The "bonus" disc is extra value for those who don't (again) already own it.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Dave Fever Tree Sigmon on September 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Never mind the historical context of this music. Because Jimi led so far into the future back in 1968, this still sounds futuristic. Another factor that makes this indispensable is that the music has received the much-needed sonic boost from 1987's briefly available "Live At Winterland" on Rykodisc.

Here he transmuted his live shows by expanding his repertoire and occasionally augmenting the lineup (e.g. Jack Casady, Herbie Rich). These shows indicate that he and the band had come a long way and were well-poised to plunge into more risk taking. Not every performance here is stellar, but they seemed to be interested during these three nights. Both versions of "Like A Rolling Stone" are punchier and more confident than that at Monterey. Choice riffs abound on the foot-stomping "Killing Floor", aided here by Jack Casady. He ventured further into improvisation and both versions of "Tax Free" sound substantially more focused (and alive) than its studio counterpart on "South Saturn Delta". What's sometimes overlooked is what a great interpreter he was.

Much of his original material benefits too. "Are You Experienced?" is as loud and free-form as it's ever been in all its renditions. "Little Wing" retains its delicacy but gets lovingly expansive at its ending. And when he charges into "Manic Depression", he redefines it as his battlecry.

He may have played his magic closeup at Winterland but it sure went the distance and seldom did he ever sound played out. Mitch and Noel deserve special mention too because here they drafted some of their greatest support.

And wow! That cover art rushes a spectrum of colors in flight, just like the music. You'd almost think it's psychedelia.

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113 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. D. Simpson on September 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This set would have been great if they didn't make edits on 3 of the songs, a staggering 4 minutes including the brilliant intro to 'Are You Experience' and the excellent Gonzales Flute solo are missing on Disc Four (who makes these odd decisions, there is also a shorter different version of AYE included?). On the other Discs, Two of Hendrix solo's on Red House have been edited out (have not EH criticised The Douglas albums for the same problems), but this is Live Hendrix even the 'Tune Ups' are enjoyable) and the great build up intro to Foxey Lady has also been shortened. Another complaint is the excellent Spanish Castle Magic has been released on a single exclusive to the EH website, as with other songs, which if ordered the expensive postage charges bump the price up which is unfair and unrelistic for a lot of fans to have to pay. Spanish Castle should have been on the box. Who are Experience Hendrix marketing this box to, that is the Question ? The Hard Core fans want it all 'warts and all', the more casual fans are happy with a highlights Cd this set caters for neither the hard core fan or casual so in my opinion is a total missed oppurtunity and there fore, I will only give it 2 stars for the fact there is still some great music untampered within and its a good price, but I personally would rather have songs not butchered than a free Bootleg type Cd stuck onto the box, (causing problems to the packaging if not removed very carefully). I do not understand why we get an edited Winterland but a near complete Isle Of Wight which was a much poorer performance from Hendrix and Co??

This Boxset is unfortunatly a case of EH not 'Practising What They Preach'
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Six recorded shows, and only five discs?
Here's a track list of the 6-disc Michael Jeffrey Estate version "3 Nights At Winterland" for comparison purposes:

Disc 1: 1st show 10th October 1968
01. Intro/Tune-up (0:24)
02. Are You Experienced (7:36)
03. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (7:38)
04. Red House (14:51)
05. Foxy Lady... Read More
Jul 6, 2011 by M. Judkins |  See all 25 posts
Amazon refuses to refund the price difference.
I dealt with the same issue. I bought it as a pre-order before it was released and literally 4 days after the CD was released, they dropped the price substantially. I immediately called customer service and was also politely told "the price was the best we could offer at the time." I... Read More
Feb 13, 2012 by Christopher Elliott |  See all 2 posts
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