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The Jimi Hendrix Concerts

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This live album, taken from concerts recorded from 1968 to 1970, is wonderful sounding on the best tracks. If you’re in the market for live Hendrix on a Hot Stamper, you’ll be hard pressed to do any better. The bass on this recording is huge, which is exactly what this kind of music needs most. At the levels we were playing this album it was really rockin’.

That’s the true test of a good live rock record — the louder you play it the better it sounds!

Sonically, this recording has the key elements that a good live album needs: correct tonality, powerful dynamics, and Rock and Roll ENERGY.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Fire 
I Don’t Live Today 
Red House

Side Two

Stone Free 
Are You Experienced

Side Three

Little Wing 
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) 
Bleeding Heart (Blues in C Sharp)

Side Four

Hey Joe 
Wild Thing 
Hear My Train a Comin’ (Gettin’ My Heart Back Together Again)

AMG 4 Star Review

Out of several live Hendrix albums, The Jimi Hendrix Concerts stands as one of the very best. Taken from shows at Winterland, The Royal Albert Hall, and from various venues in New York, Berkeley, and San Diego, the set includes hits like “Fire,” “Voodoo Chile,” and “Hey Joe,” as well as fine blues like “Red House,” “Bleeding Heart,” and “Hear My Train a Comin’.” 

Highlights include a definitive version of “Little Wing” and one of the most assured and driving versions of “Voodoo Chile” (these and four other stellar tracks come from what must have been an amazing concert at Winterland in the fall of ’68). Another standout is “I Don’t Live Today,” which features a fine mix of jazz-inspired soloing and various feedback and distortion “tricks” (tricks that figure into Hendrix’s way of “playing with the electronics,” and which make up one of the more innovative aspects of his guitar playing). Hendrix gets adept and sympathetic support throughout from bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell (Band of Gypsies’ bassist Billy Cox replaces Redding on “Red House” and “Hey Joe”).

With top-notch performances, consistently inspired solos, and excellent sound, this is probably the best introduction to Hendrix’s live recordings. ~ Stephen Cook