June 02, 1998
Experience Hendrix
Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Soul, Psychedelic, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, Album Rock, Psychedelic Soul, Acid Rock

Album Review

These are the recordings that Jimi Hendrix made for BBC radio in the late '60s. As such, they're loose, informal, and off-the-top-of-his-head improvisational fun. These versions of the hits "Foxey Lady," "Fire," two versions of "Purple Haze," and "Hey Joe" stay surprisingly close to the studio versions, but the tone of Hendrix's guitar on these is positively blistering and worth the price of admission alone. There's also a lot of blues on this two-disc collection, and Hendrix's versions of "Hoochie Coochie Man" (with Alexis Korner on slide guitar), "Catfish Blues," "Killing Floor," and "Hear My Train A-Comin'" find him in excellent form. But perhaps the best example of how loosely conceived these sessions were are the oddball covers that Hendrix tackles, including Stevie Wonder's "I Was Made to Love Her" (featuring Wonder on drums), Dylan's "Can You Please Crawl out Your Window?," The Beatles' "Day Tripper," and, in recognition of his immediate competition, Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love." No lo-fi bootleg tapes here (everything's from the original masters and gone over by Eddie Kramer), the music and sound are class-A all the way, making a worthwhile addition to anyone's Hendrix collection.
Cub Koda, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Foxey Lady
  2. Alexis Korner Introduction
  3. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
  4. Rhythm and Blues World Service
  5. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
  6. Traveling With the Experience
  7. Driving South
  8. Fire
  9. Little Miss Lover
  10. Introducing the Experience
  11. The Burning of the Midnight Lamp
  12. Catfish Blues
  13. Stone Free
  14. Love or Confusion
  15. Hey Joe
  16. Hound Dog
  17. Driving South
  18. Hear My Train A-Comin'
  19. Purple Haze
  20. Killing Floor
  21. Radio One
  22. Wait Until Tomorrow
  23. Day Tripper
  24. Spanish Castle Magic
  25. I Was Made to Love Her
  26. Jammin'
  27. Foxey Lady
  28. A Brand New Sound
  29. Hey Joe [Alternate Take]
  30. Manic Depression
  31. Driving South [Alternate Take]
  32. Hear My Train a Comin' [Alternate Take]
  33. A Happening for Lulu
  34. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
  35. Lulu Introduction
  36. Hey Joe
  37. Sunshine of Your Love
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