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The power and vision of Jimi Hendrix is restored anew with this new edition of the acclaimed 4CD box set, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. First released in 2000, The Jimi Hendrix Experience presents previously unreleased concert and studio recordings which span the visionary guitarist's remarkable four year career from 1966-1970. Beginning with the first known recordings of the Jimi Hendrix Experience in October 1966 to the guitarist's final multi-track recording session at Electric Lady Studios in August 1970, this unique four CD box set concentrates on unreleased or commercially unavailable music. Alternate versions of classics like 'Purple Haze,' 'Foxy Lady' and 'Little Wing' mix with stunning, unheard Hendrix music such as 'It's Too Bad' and 'Country Blues.' These 60 recordings - presented in chronological order - trace the meteoric ascent of the greatest guitarist of all time.
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The presentation of this box set has changed - probably why it is now a bargain? The lavish velvet box is gone. This is now a "short box" presentation and I'm fine with that but some may be disappointed so just putting up a warning flag for the prospective buyer.
The person who designed this package did not spend enough time evaluating images. The camera angle is unfortunate. What is Noel doing with his right hand? Has anyone else spotted this flub?
This new design is essentially a hard cover book with CD holders on the inside of thee front and back covers. The content is gorgeous (that is indeed the correct word even if it is a girly word) and informative. While it looks great and is printed on heavy paper, from a functional standpoint it makes it difficult to see what is written on the sentences closed to the spine.
The CD holders are a bit odd, there is no spindle and that may be a good thing. The CD holders have a bit of plastic that serves as a springy lockoning mechanism. Since I have no experience with these it's not possible to evaluate other than to write it is unusual.
There is so much to take in that I'm going to review each disc one-by-one over a few days:
Disc1: Some of these tracks can now be found elsewhere, the Monterey tracks being most obvious. There are "new" interesting takes on all of the classic 66/67 songs and a couple I have never heard before like Taking Care of No Business. The centerpoint of Disc 1 in my opinion is Third Stone From The Sun where we get to hear those weird slowed down words at regular speed before the actual song begins. It's rather like a little Star Trek skit, very amusing and Jimi and Chas are having great fun as evidenced by their laughter.
Listening and reading the notes in the booklet help you understand when, where, who were involved but we know that already. This came out back in 2000 so we have had fine Experience Hendrix releases since then.
What is clear is that this guy worked really hard to find just the right mix/sound he wanted. What a great talent.
because of the number of songs you get a taste of, otherwise a one or two star. Do yourself a favor and buy the albums. If I had
heard this prior to buying, I wouldn't have bought it.
May I say that Janie Hendrix is doing a very great job on all the reissued cd's of Hendrix Thank you for keeping his music alive and sounding fresh and clear as if it just came out today.
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It's worth every dollar.
I still can't figure out how left handed Jimi just flipped his right handed Stratocaster over and played it...Read more