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Editors’ Notes

Upon Jimi Hendrix’s death in 1970, the floodgates opened for Hendrix product. This 1972 release proved to be one of the superior issues. The recordings are from four sources: Winterland, San Francisco, 1968, San Diego Sports Arena, 1969, the Berkeley Community Center, 1970, and the Isle of Wight, 1970. It is all prime Hendrix. His playing is spirited and light years away from the competition. And if one needed a single, concise live album to explain the Hendrix myth, this is as good a starting point as any. The medley of “God Save The Queen” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is inspired. “Little Wing” is a pure Hendrix ballad. “Spanish Castle Magic” is an underrated powerhouse. “Red House” provides solid blues. The covers of “Johnny B. Goode” and “Blue Suede Shoes” prove what Hendrix did to rock ‘n’ roll. He stuck it into an electric socket and changed the world.

Customer Reviews

Waited A Long Time For This!

I have this on vinyl, acquired in the late '90's, and have always wanted to see it re-released by Experience Hendrix. This is a great live document comprising a handful of performances from different shows from 1968-70. Every cut here displays the typical explosive Hendrix live sound. It's a treat to hear Little Wing and Red House, among the others. Red House, especially, is probably the best version you'll hear anywhere. Little Wing wasn't performed live regularly, which makes it somewhat of a rarity here. A great collection for Hendrix fans, with a nice re-mastered sound. Highly recommended.


I echo P Alberto's commentary above. I have had the vinyl since I bought it as a cutout in the late 70s, and it has always been my go-to Jimi album. I particularly love Red House here - best version I've heard as well. Also love Jimi's personality coming through with the between song banter with the crowd - Complete showman at the top of his game! Hard to believe he's been gone over 40 years!
RIP Jimi

Not The Original Album

Granted, there are a couple of gems on here, but the stand out song on the original Hendrix in the West vinyl album was the most beautiful, heartfelt version of Little Wing ever captured. It was recorded in concert at the San Diego Sports Arena, not the vastly inferior Winterland version offered here, tape wobbling and all. I have asked John McDermott (part of the Experience Hendrix team) what's up and never get a straight answer. The version of which I speak seems to have somehow been lost and what a shame as it will bring tears to your eyes. Many forget what a great lyricist and vocalist Jimi was. It was all on display in that version from San Diego circa 1969. For me that made paying the freight worth it, but certainly not for this inferior substitute.


Born: November 27, 1942 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

In his brief four-year reign as a superstar, Jimi Hendrix expanded the vocabulary of the electric rock guitar more than anyone before or since. Hendrix was a master at coaxing all manner of unforeseen sonics from his instrument, often with innovative amplification experiments that produced astral-quality feedback and roaring distortion. His frequent hurricane blasts of noise and dazzling showmanship -- he could and would play behind his back and with his teeth and set his guitar on fire -- has sometimes...
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