Engineer Eddie Kramer was in charge of the project. He is a familiarfigure as his posthumous Hendrix production credits go back to The Cry Of Love in 1971. The tracks sound terrific as he re-mastered the sound with modern equipment which gives the music a polished feel. He also presents the tracks in chronological order which is always welcome with
projects this extensive.
Disc one finds three unreleased tracks. “Title #3,”
“Taking Care Of Business,” and “Here He Comes” may not be of the
quality of Hendrix’ first album but they certainly present his musical
vision circa 1967. The gems of this first disc are alternate versions of
such classics as “Purple Haze,” “Foxey Lady,” and “Third Stone From
The Sun” which give a glimpse into the creative mind of Jimi Hendrix.
Disc two presents some excellent live tracks. “Fire” is taken from a 1968
concert at Clark University in Massachusetts. It is a frenetic version that
shows just how technically sound Hendrix was as a guitarist. “The Wind
Cries Mary,” from a 1967 Paris concert, shows Hendrix’s softer side as
he provides subtle and melodic improvisations. “Burning The Midnight
Lamp” from September 5, 1967, is just Hendrix squeezing every possible
sound from his guitar.
Disc three is dominated by alternate versions. It is nice to hear “Hear My
Train A Comin’” as a formative track as it was a concert staple. “Spanish
Castle” and “Room Full Of Mirrors” show subtle differences from the
recognized versions. Live versions of “Little Wing” and “Voodoo Child”
come complete with feedback and all sorts of distortion that only Hendrix
could produce on stage.
Disc four is a feast of unreleased material. “Country Blues,” at over eight
minutes, “Lover Man,” “Cherokee,” and “Slow Blues” all make their
debuts. Hendrix’ early producer, Chas Chandler, did not approve of Alan
Douglas’ changing Hendrix’s material and even taking writing credits
during the twenty years that he controlled Hendrix’s catalogue of music.
When Jimi’s family won back control in a court battle, Chandler turned
over a treasure trove of unreleased material to them. “In From The
Storm” and “Slow Blues” close out the set as they were recorded at the
Isle Of Wight Music Festival, August 30, 1970, just prior to Hendrix’s
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Box Set is a valuable addition to the
Hendrix legacy. Not only does it expand the music that Hendrix left
behind but it also solidifies him as a genius of the guitar who forever
changed the use of that instrument and rock music. (D.B.)
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