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Title - 'Jimi Hendrix - Live in Maui' [3LP+BR Box-Set]
Artist - Jimi Hendrix Experience

For those not in the know, Experience Hendrix announces a brand new collection that couples the brand new feature length documentary 'Music, Money, Madness ... Jimi Hendrix In Maui' with the accompanying live performances on both audio and video.

“Jimi loved adventure and there was certainly no shortage of it during his time in Hawaii, a place he also loved,” said Janie Hendrix.

"The back story of Rainbow Bridge and these recordings paint a picture of Jimi’s uncanny ability to turn the bizarre into something amazing! We’re excited about this release because it gives the world a closer look at Jimi’s genius.”

Spread lovingly across 3 Vinyl LPs (although there is also a 2CD set too), newly restored and mixed by longtime Jimi Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer, and mastered by Bernie Grundman, the two Live in Maui sets are the 1st and 2nd show that day, where The Experience - Hendrix, Billy Cox on bass, Mitch Mitchell on drums - were at the height of its powers playing flawlessly against a stunning natural backdrop.

LP 1: Side One
1. Chuck Wein Introduction
2. 'Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)'
3. 'In From The Storm'
4. 'Foxey Lady'

LP 1: Side Two
5. 'Hear My Train A-Comin''
6. 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return)'
7. 'Fire'

LP 2: Side One
1. 'Purple Haze'
2. 'Spanish Castle Magic'
3. 'Lover Man'
4. 'Message To Love'

LP 2: Side Two
5. 'Dolly Dagger'
6. 'Villanova Junction'
7. 'Ezy Ryder'

LP 3: Side One
1. 'Red House'
2. 'Freedom'
3. 'Jam Back At The House'

LP 4: Side Two
4. 'Straight Ahead'
5. 'Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) / Midnight Lightning'
6. 'Stone Free'

Opening with a couple of tracks to work their way in, so to speak, suddenly Jimi veritably rips through a stunning 'Foxey Lady' (although it kinda appears like Hendrix forgets some of his own lyrics at one point), backing that up with the lowdown, pulsating blues of 'Hear My Train A-Comin',' before lifting off into sheer player power on some breathtaking renditions of crowd favorites such as 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return),' a mind blowing 'Fire,' and then a simply blistering 'Purple Haze.'

For the second show that day, Hendrix is still on fire, his guitar playing simply impeccable, and integrated with his signature tricks, such as playing his guitar with this teeth and such, but it's the opening track, the then-unreleased 'Dolly Dagger' (and even 'Freedom') that not only showcased the new direction Hendrix was moving toward at that time, but delivers us a live memory of them here that we rarely get to see.

In conclusion, separation of the drum sounds are superb on a lot of the tracks, but are still in need of TLC of the majority (in my humble opinion).

Billy's bass lines are far more distinct and he does some tricky stuff on a few songs that were a pleasant surprise, in contrast to his usual pedestrian, but wholly adequate playing, of course.

Jimi's guitar playing is loose, but superb, as always. Personally, a few songs from this tour sounded better to me within the confines of the Isle of Wight show, but overall this is a fantastic performance, and a must-have for any Hendrix collector.

Also included in the package is a film that chronicles the Jimi Hendrix Experience's storied visit to Maui, their performance on the dormant lower crater of Haleakala volcano on the island and how the band became ensnared with the ill-fated Rainbow Bridge movie produced by their controversial manager Michael Jeffery.

Directed by John McDermott and produced by Janie Hendrix, George Scott and McDermott, the documentary incorporates never before released original footage and new interviews with firsthand participants and key players such as Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Warner Bros. executives and several Rainbow Bridge cast members, as well as its director Chuck Wein.

The Blu-ray also includes the full documentary as well as the 16mm color film shot of the two afternoon performances captured on July 30th, 1970 mixed in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound.

'Music, Money, Madness ... Jimi Hendrix In Maui' (Film Trailer)