Wednesday, 6 March 2019

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Winterland Box Set


  

This is a thoroughly superb, if slightly bloated box set of storming live material from The Jimi Hendrix Experience. I say bloated because you get live cuts from six shows spread over four CDs, dating from October 1968. Many of the songs are repeated, of course. However, such was Hendrix's inventiveness that no two performances are completely the same. The sound quality is incredibly good - full, powerful and wonderfully bassy. Yes, there is a bit of hiss every now and again but personally, I don't care. There is an authentic live feeling to it and Hendrix, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell are just on superb form throughout.

It is the sort of box set you can dip in and out of, discovering new treats every time you do. Something I have done is make a playlist of one rendition of each of the songs played on the box set and sequenced it into one full "set list" of eighteen songs. That is quite a good game to play. Otherwise just pick any individual Cd and play that set. You will not be disappointed in any of them.

CD 1

1. Tax Free
2. Lover Man
3. Sunshine Of Your Love
4. Hear My Train A-Comin'
5. Killing Floor
6. Foxey Lady
7. Hey Joe
8. Star Spangled Banner
9. Purple Haze

CD 2

1. Tax Free
2. Like A Rolling Stone
3. Lover Man
4. Hey Joe
5. Fire
6. Foxey Lady
7. Are You Experienced?
8. Red House
9. Purple Haze

CD 3

1. Fire
2. Lover Man
3. Like A Rolling Stone
4. Manic Depression
5. Sunshine Of Your Love
6. Little Wing
7. Spanish Castle Magic
8. Red House
9. Hey Joe
10. Purple Haze
11. Wild Thing

CD 4

1. Foxey Lady
2. Are You Experienced?
3. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
4. Red House
5. Star Spangled Banner
6. Purple Haze
7. Back Stage Interview

You can't really listen to this box set as one whole entity, but it is excellent for just picking out a CD and playing that, or doing as I do and making your own playlist. There is some excellent stuff on here, no rendition is without its interest and inspiration and there are the covers of "Like A Rolling Stone" and "Wild Thing" to salivate over. The sound quality is actually better on these live recordings than it is on the three studio album the band released. Just check out that big, booming bass sound. Turn this up loud, man.

B+

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