Title - 'Jimi Hendrix Experience Box Set'
Artist - Jimi Hendrix Experience
OK, for those not in the know, this INCREDIBLE 4-CD box set is made up exclusively of album outtakes, unreleased live takes, and some unreleased studio songs from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Band Of Gypsys, and Gypsy Sun & Rainbows.
Indeed, there are actually 56 recordings spread out over these four discs. It's the perfect compilation to complete your Hendrix collection once you have purchased the classic albums: Are You Experienced (1967), Axis: Bold As Love (1967), Electric Ladyland (1968), Band Of Gypsys (1970) and the studio/live compilation CDs like South Saturn Delta (1997), Live At The Fillmore East (1999), BBC Sessions (1997), Live At Woodstock (1999)and Blues! (1994).
Some of songs on this boxset are the best versions you'll ever find. Put all 4 discs in a CD changer, let em play, and get your mind blown. Some instrumental only songs are absolutely mesmerizing. My personal favorite is Cherokee Mist, a song that shows the true mastery of Jimi's guitar playing. He is one with his guitar, allowing the soulful, powerfully moving music in his head to come through beautifully to those blessed enough to hear him play.
In all honesty, I would even recommend this to someone just getting into Hendrix. Or even someone who had never listened to him before (shame on you). I purchased a best of Hendrix when I first started listening to him, but this box set really had me hooked. I bought every single studio release by Hendrix shortly after, and later added any rarity I could find. You'd do the same if you heard the incredible range and intensity displayed on this box set, trust me!
Wildly inventive, exotic, and raw are the closest words I can find to explain this monumental box set. This is one of the best compilations of Hendrix that I have come across. It is not something you can just listen to, but rather something you must experience for yourself.
Although some songs such as 'Crosstown Traffic' are found missing from this spectacular line-up, it includes several stunning versions of such classics as 'Little Wing,' 'Red House,' 'Voodoo Chile,' and some less familiar songs for the folks who are looking to experience Hendrix for the first time; in particular 'Catfish Blues,' 'Earth Blues,' and 'Country Blues.' And who can forget Jimi's infamous 'Star Spangled Banner' which is the only way to properly rock out to our national anthem!
OK, as I seem to be rambling here, let's try giving you a personal highlight tour of each disc: On Disc One the outtake of 'Third Stone from the Sun' is incredible. You can hear Jimi and Chas Chandler coming up with the spoken intro, as well as the rest of the song. First ever recording of 'Burning of the Midnight Lamp' with Jimi working out the harpsichord part is great too. And live covers of 'Rock Me Baby' and 'Like a Rolling Stone' are also fantastic.
On Disc Two the instrumental live-in-the-studio 'Little Wing' stands out a mile. So too the live cover of 'Gloria.' Long never before I heard the blues song 'It's Too Bad,' along comes the live in-studio instrumental 'Bold as Love - which to me is the best I've ever heard Jimi play. This track alone is worth the price of the set. I can listen to it on repeat all day!
On Disc Three everything is live! It features the best live recordings of 'I Don't Live Today,' 'Roomful of Mirrors,' and 'Spanish Castle Magic.' As well as a 'Red House' that is up there too.
On the final Disc Four, this is where the non-stop greatness falters a little. There, I said it! But only a VERY little. Highlights are a live 'Hey Baby/In from the Storm' medley, some live covers, and all the extremely rarely heard studio recordings of Jimi trying to work out songs for his fourth album.
Anyway, from inexperienced curiosity to die-hard fanatic, this box set will open up a veritable cornucopia of unreleased recordings and songs to free your mind of rigid structures that music is often comprised of. Smashing blues, R&B, straight rock, and even a little bit of country together into this fantastic array of artistic talent satiates even the most scrutinizing critic's appetite for pure, unbridled talent.