Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is one of the innovators of the electric guitar. Heavy metal, hard rock, modern blues, and even pop owes a lot to the man with the upside-down Strat.

Are You Experienced? Jimi Hendrix Experience -Are You Experienced (MCA)

1. "Hey Joe" (3:23)
2. "Stone Free" (3:33)
3. "Purple Haze" (2:46)
4. "51st Anniversary" (3:17)
5. "Wind Cries Mary" (3:21)
6. "Highway Chile" (3:30)
7. "Foxy Lady" (3:15)
8. "Manic Depression" (3:30)
9. "Red House" (3:48)
10. "Can You See Me" (2:31)
11. "Love or Confusion" (3:15)
12. "I Don't Live Today" (3:55)
13. "May This Be Love" (2:55)
14. "Fire" (2:34)
15. "Third Stone from the Sun" (6:40)
16. "Remember" (2:47)
17. "Are You Experienced?" (3:55)

This is one of the greatest guitar albums to come out of the 60's. Jimi Hendrix is one of the most influential guitarists ever. The contributions of drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding can't be underestimated either as they gave the music a rhythmic pulse that brought together parts of rock, heavy metal and jazz. Weird thing about Hendrix is that his music bridges music gaps, people into heavy metal like him; people into blues dig him; jazz, pop, whatever. They could have just re-released this album as Jimi's "Greatest Hits." Who would have know the difference as these songs are among Hendrix's very finest. This re-release features a ton of bonus tracks making a great album even greater!

Too many people have covered all these songs to even list but I'll always remember hearing Joe Perry singing "Red House" at the Aerosmith "Back in the Saddle" reunion tour. Also, King's X does a smoking version of " Manic Depression."

Electric Ladyland Jimi Hendrix Experience-Electric Ladyland (MCA)

1. " And the Gods Made Love" (1:21)
2. "Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)" (2:12)
3. "Crosstown Traffic" (2:25)
4. "Voodoo Chile" (15:05)
5. "Little Miss Strange" (2:50)
6. "Long Hot Summer Night" (3:30)
7. "Come on (Let the Good Times Roll) " (4:10)
8. "Gypsy Eyes" (3:46)
9. "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" (3:44)
10. "Rainy Day, Dream Away" (3:43)
11. "1983...(A Mermaid I Should Turn to Be)" (13:46)
12. "Moon, Turns the Tides...Gently Gently Away" (1:01)
13. "Still Raining, Still Dreaming" (4:24)
14. "House Burning Down" (4:35)
15. "All Along the Watchtower" (4:01)
16. "Voodoo Child (Slight Return) " (5:14)

Hendrix experiments ever further with psychedelic songs and 60ís pop, trying to top the Beatles' "Sgt. Peppers" and perhaps The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds." Tons of studio experimentation with 1960's studio technology. I can't even imagine what Hendrix would have done with today's technology. "Rainy Day, Dream Away" is one of my favorite songs. It's one of those songs that frequents my mind whenever a drop of rain hits the desert lands that I now live in. Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," is a rock radio staple even today, almost 30 years later. Of course the extended blues-rock jam "Voodoo Chile" is also a standout cut.

Bandof Gypsys Jimi Hendrix -Band of Gypsys (Capitol)

1. "Who Knows? " (9:32)
2. "Machine Gun" (12:33)
3. "Changes" (5:10)
4. "Power to Love" (6:53)
5. "Message to Love" (5:22)

Jimi parts with the Experience and joins up with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles to record this live album recorded at the Fillmore East in New York on December 31, 1969. This album is less bluesy, more funk and jazz filled rock than any of Jimi's Experience albums. "Machine Gun" is an epic, classic song that displays some of the most wicked guitar playing Jimi has ever played. " Band of Gypsys " is an absolutely awesome album!

BBC Sessions Jimi Hendrix Experience -BBC Sessions (Experience Hendrix)

1. "Foxey Lady" (3:00)
2. "Alexis Korner Introduction" (:28)
3. "Can You Please Crawl out Your Window?" (3:32)
4. "Rhythm and Blues World Service" (:12)
5. "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man" (5:30)
6. "Traveling with the Experience" (:22)
7. "Driving South" (5:31)
8. "Fire" (2:42)
9. "Little Miss Lover" (2:58)
10. "Introducing the Experience" ( :51)
11. "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" (3:43)
12. "Catfish Blues" (5:29)
13. "Stone Free" (3:26)
14. "Love or Confusion" (2:54)
15. "Hey Joe" (4:02)
16. "Hound Dog" (2:43)
17. "Driving South" (:49)
18. "Hear My Train a Comin'" (5:00)
19. "Purple Haze" (3:17)
20. "Killing Floor" (2:28)
21. "Radio One" (1:34)
22. "Wait Until Tomorrow" (2:55"
23. "Day Tripper" (3:25"
24. "Spanish Castle Magic" (3:08)
25. "Jammin'" (3:24)
26. "I Was Made to Love Her" (3:05)
27. "Foxey Lady" (2:59)
28. "Brand New Sound" (:54)
29. "Hey Joe" (2:58)
30. "Manic Depression" (3:11)
31. "Driving South" (3:22)
32. "Hear My Train a Comin'" (5:03)
33. "Happening for Lulu" (:20)
34. "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" (4:09)
35. "Lulu Introduction" (:23)
36. "Hey Joe" (2:44)
37. "Sunshine of Your Love" (1:17)

Now this was one heck of a find! I found this two-disc set new and still sealed at Hasting's for $2.50. Now tell me that wasn't a mismark! Anyhow, this cd is a collection of the recordings that Jimi Hendrix made for BBC radio in the late 1960s. It contains some of Jimi's greatest songs ("Foxy Lady," "Fire," "Purple Haze," and "Hey Joe") as well as some rarely heard covers (Steve Wonder's "I Was Made To Love Her" (featuring Steve Wonder on drums), Bob Dylan's "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?," the Beatles' "Day Tripper," Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor" and Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love." There's also a lot of killer blues on this compilation; Hendrix's versions of the blues standard "Hoochie Coochie Man" absolutely shines and is worth the price of the disc alone. (Motorhead has also covered this song.) There are a few moments of Jimi's humor as well, like on the radio I.D. "Radio One. " The entire thing is put together by studio guru Eddie Kramer (Kiss, Frehley's Comet, Derik & the Dominos), so the fidelity is top notch to boot. Like I said, this was one heck of a find!

Oh and one other thing, I left the cover art above bigger on purpose. I just thought that the picture of the Experience with their hair bigger than life was hilarious. Now that's what I call "hair metal!"

First Rays of the New Rising Sun Jimi Hendrix-First Rays of the New Rising Sun (MCA) 1997

1. "Freedom" (3:26)
2. "Izabella" (2:50)
3. "Night Bird Flying" (3:50)
4. "Angel" (4:21)
5. "Room Full of Mirrors" (3:21)
6. "Dolly Dagger" (4:44)
7. "Ezy Ryder" (4:07)
8. "Drifting" (3:48)
9. "Beginnings" -instrumental (4:12)
10. "Stepping Stone" (4:12)
11. "My Friend" (4:36)
12. "Straight Ahead" (4:42)
13. "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)" (6:04)
14. "Earth Blues" (4:21)
15. "Astro Man" (3:34)
16. "In from the Storm" (3:41)
17. "Belly Button Window" (3:36)

Apparently Jimi was working on this album before his death on Sept. 18. 1970. He never completely finished the album so questions still abound as to what Hendrix's ultimate vision for this double album would have been. This album has been remixed, overdubbed, split up and released under several different titles including "The Cry of Love," "War Heroes," "Rainbow Bridge," and "Voodoo Soup." This particular compilation, however, was put out by the Hendrix family and returns back to the original master tapes from Jimi's own Electric Ladyland Studio vaults and presents the album as close as is possible to what Jimi imagined the album to be. The mixes on this disc are actually the mixes that Eddie Kramer and Jimi were working on before his death. Many reviews I have read, and even the liner notes, state that Jimi was headed in a new direction with this album. While there is some slightly less psychadelic stuff going on, I think the bluesy hard rock isn't that far off from what the Experience was doing in the 60's, with the possible exception of the funk heard in tracks like "Dolly Dagger." This song was to actually be the first single released off this album, but Jimi's tragic death changed everything.

South Station Delta Jimi Hendrix-South Saturn Delta (MCA)

1.   "Look over Yonder" (3:25)
2.   "Little Wing" (2:44)
3.   "Here He Comes (Lover Man)" (6:33)
4.   "South Saturn Delta" (4:07)
5.   "Power of Soul" (5:20)
6.   "Message to the Universe (Message to Love)" (6:18)
7.   "Tax Free" (4:56)
8.   "All Along the Watchtower" (4:01)
9.   "Stars That Play with Laughing Sam's Dice" (4:21)
10. "Midnight" (5:32)
11. "Sweet Angel (Angel)" (3:55)
12. "Bleeding Heart" (3:15)
13. "Pali Gap" (5:08)
14. "Drifter's Escape" (3:05)
15. "Midnight Lightning" (3:07)

South Saturn Delta is a collection of Hendrix rarities. All but one of the 15 tracks were ever officially released in the U.S. that spans his entire career. This is an awesome collection of jams. What is most amazing about this album is that is consists of mostly outtakes. Jimi must have been the pickiest studio musician in the world because these takes are brilliant. The man is a legend!

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