The Jimi Hendrix Concerts
Karl J. Geisler
The Jimi Hendrix Concerts
If I remember correctly, this is the very first Hendrix album I ever bought.
I love it dearly. It's a "best of" of sorts, some of the best live
Hendrix I've ever heard. Depending on where you live, it may be hard to find
these days. I bought a CD copy in the mid-1990s at the Mall of America.
It was a French import, which is fitting, since I left my cassette copy (the
first Hendrix I ever bought) in France a couple years before that.
There are a few different versions of this kicking around. Mine has:
According to the back of the CD:
- Fire 3:47
I Don't Live Today 6:26
Red House 8:01
Stone Free 10:18
Are You Experienced? 6:11
Little Wing 3:48
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) 6:49
Bleeding Heart (Blues in C Sharp) 7:14
Hey Joe 4:42
Wild Thing 3:12
Hear My Train A Comin' (Gettin' My Heart Back Together Again) 8:04
Foxey Lady 4:46
Tracks 1, 5, 7 & 11 from Winterland, San Francisco, CA, October 10, 1968.
Track 2 from The Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, May 24, 1969
Track 3 from New York Pop, Randall's Island, NY, July 17, 1970.
Tracks 4 & 8 from Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, February 24, 1969.
Track 6 from Winterland, San Francisco, CA, October 11, 1968.
Track 9 from Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA, May 30, 1970.
Track 10 from Winterland, San Francisco, CA, October 12, 1968.
Track 12 from the Forum, Los Angeles, CA, April 26, 1969.
While this is a great compilation, some serious editing/sound magic was done
to put it together. Most of the between-song chat is from the San Diego
Fellow hendrixfile Vadim notes the following:
However, don't let this discourage you from seeking it out. It's a great
listening experience. Probably due to my history with the album, this is the
one instance where knowledge of the hack-job doesn't taint my opinion.
- All selections are equalized in volume and superimposed on a "canned"
audience applause to make it sound as a single live concert. This,
in turn, means that such 'transparent'/close recordings as Winterland had
to be 'distanced' to minimize the difference from more distantly balanced
selections (I compared it with my Ryko disc Live at Winterland).
Some selections are CRUDELY edited, e.g., a minute or so into Fire there is
blatant splice, clearly audible on headphones. (My Ryko Winterland 'Fire' has
no such splicing, and, in fact, is a different performance altoghether.)
This suggests that some original performances were much longer then what made
its way on "concerts" CD, or that they were spliced from different recordings
(e.g., 6 shows over 3 days at Winterland).
The "bleeding heart" from Royal Albert Hall 2/24/69 has an instrumental intro
that goes 3 times through the standard 12-bar sequence before Jimi starts
singing (on my sountrack CD for that filmed but never released performance on
Timeless Treasures label). On the 'concerts' cd, the third repetition of the
12-bar sequence (over a 1minute long) - the most gentle and dreamy of the
three is EDITED OUT!