The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Box Set)


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by ok lateralus USER (4 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
4-CD Box Set
2000

Jimi Hendrix- Vocals, guitar
Mitch Mitchell- drums
Noel Redding- bass, backing vocals
The entire 4th disc features Billy Cox replacing Redding on bass. On some tracks, Buddy miles plays drums and Juma plays percussion.

My hopes were high for this and I was not let down. This 4-CD box set has a beautiful purple velvet surface, an excellent 80-page color booklet, and, most importantly, some of the best Hendrix songs out there. The 4 CD's are in chronological order, with the first one starting in 1966 as the Experience formed and the last disc ending just weeks before Hendrix's death. On this set there are some great alternate versions of well-loved Hendrix songs, like the amazing instrumental version of "Little Wing", an early take of "Purple Haze", a breathtaking live "Red House", and a highly entertaining extended version of "Third Stone from the Sun." There are also completely new, rarely or never before heard songs, such as the venemous blues "Here he Comes/Lover Man" and an impressive cover of Van Morrison's "Gloria". All in all, this jaw-dropping box set is a perfect addition to any true fan's collection. At 50 bucks or less, it's one of the greatest deals I've seen.

Since there's a whopping 60 tracks on this box set, I will just do a run-through of the highlights and lowlights instead of giving detail to every single song.

Disc One
Highlights: Killing Floor live in Paris (one of the Experience's first shows). An extended and hilarious version of Third Stone from the Sun which features those spacey slowed down vocals sped up to normal speed for you to hear (They are done by Jimi and Chas Chandler, both avid Sci-Fi fans. Also, there's an electrifying cover of Rock me Baby as well as Like a Rolling Stone, both live at Monterey Pop Festival, June 1967.

Lowlights: the "alternate" version of Foxey Lady is barely different from the original found on Are you Experienced

Disc Two
Highlights: A good live cover of the Beatles' Sgt Pepper (the song, not the entire album). There's a nice outtake of "Room full of Mirrors" and a very good cover of "Gloria" that is exhilirating and funny. But the real gems are the instrumental version of "Little Wing" and the studio take of "Star Spangled Banner". Though the latter is not nearly as powerful as it's Woodstock counterpart, it's still a great song.
Lowlights: Somewhat rambling (though well-intentioned) original called "It's too bad".

Disc Three
Highlights: Awesome alternate "Room Full of Mirrors", complete with an insane guitar solo. Jimi gives probably his best interpretation of his own blues masterpiece "Red House" with the bafflingly good 13-minute version on this disc. Also notable are the emotional live versions of "Little Wing" and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and a heavily overdubbed, sophosticated re-make of "Stone Free".
Lowlights: none. Probably the strongest disc in the set.

Disc Four
Highlights: An exciting alternate take of "Message to Love", a sloppy yet very emotional live at the Isle of Wight "All along the watchtower", and a 90-second jam called "Slow Blues" that may only be as attention-grabbing as it is because it was the last recording Hendrix made before his death, just a couple weeks later.
Lowlights: "Asto Man" has bad lyrics and unmemorable music, "Earth Blues" is just plain unexciting. The weakest disc, though still contains some strong stuff.

All in all, this is for sure a worthy buy for any fan, as it's mishaps are few, and the songs of genius and beauty outnumber them greatly.

5/5


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cbmartinez
December 26th 2004


2525 Comments


This is great. My parents got me this for my birthday and I listen to it nonstop. There's so much material.

Woodstock
December 26th 2004


154 Comments


I've seen this many times before in stores, and I might think about buying it. It's funny, most of Jimi's unreleased material is still great. I think that would prove that he would of had many great albums ahead of him if he didn't die.

Good review.

unclebobscircus
December 26th 2004


10 Comments


After seeing this, I am planning on buying it.

thickasabrick
December 27th 2004


14 Comments


good review. im thinking of getting it. i like getting things like this because they have so much to offer.

wheelydude_13
August 21st 2005


6 Comments


This box-set is absolutely brilliant
i only got it a couple of days ago and i love it it definately gets a 5/5
i would give it
1,000,000/5 if i could

Rocksta71
June 12th 2006


1023 Comments


It looks really good, but i've already bought all of his albums and there are only a few tracks i still need to have them all.
I want- Killing Floor, wild thing(live), like a rolling stone.

Rocksta71
June 12th 2006


1023 Comments


oh! by the way nice review man.

Uninventivename
January 2nd 2007


19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review considering you had four discs to cover! I got this and was a bit disappointed by some of the material, a lot of the alternate studio takes are essentially the same as the album versions, but the good tracks make up for it for the Hendrix enthusiast. Room Full of Mirrors is amazing as are the versions of Bold as Love, Little Wing and Angel on here and basically all of the live tracks are good, although I already had quite a few of them.

CoRpSeSlAyEr
January 2nd 2007


855 Comments


I was too the same way, when i first got this, around 2-3 years ago, i listened to it non-stop. I love the demo of Angel and Third Stone From the Sun.

deathschool
December 24th 2013


23930 Comments


As far as box sets go, this one feels really thrown together, with most of the tracks being of pretty poor quality. You're better off just listening to their three classic albums.



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