(2010) Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection

Jimi Hendrix

... read moreWading through the repackagings of Jimi Hendrix musical legacy is a daunting task which has not been made any easier in the digital age. This double-CD set features a disc of "studio" and "live" performances, including several alternate and hard-to-find recordings of familiar classics. While nearly...

02:26′:27″ 30 Songs

Disk 1

1
Purple Haze
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2:50
2
Hey Joe
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3:30
3
The Wind Cries Mary
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3:21
4
Fire
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2:44
5
Highway Chile (Olympic Studios, London, Uk April 3, 1967)
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3:39
6
Are You Experienced?
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4:16
7
Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
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3:39
8
Little Wing
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2:24
9
All Along The Watchtower (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
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4:01
10
Crosstown Traffic
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2:12
11
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
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5:13
12
Spanish Castle Magic (Olympic Studios, London, Uk, February 17, 1969)
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5:48
13
Stone Free (Record Plant, New York, Ny, April, 7, 1969)
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3:43
14
Izabella
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2:50
15
Stepping Stone
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4:12
16
Angel
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4:21
17
Dolly Dagger
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4:45
18
Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
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6:04

Disk 2

1
Fire (Live At Winterland, San Francisco, Ca)
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3:35
2
Hey Joe (Live At Winterland, San Francisco, Ca)
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6:46
3
I Don't Live Today (Live At The Los Angeles Forum, Ca, April 26, 1969)
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6:32
4
Hear My Train A Comin' (Live At Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, Ca)
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11:07
5
Foxey Lady (Live At Haleakala Crater, Island Of Maui, Hi)
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4:27
6
Machine Gun (Live At Fillmore East, New York City, Ny)
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11:35
7
Johnny B. Goode (Live At The Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, Ca, May 30, 1970)
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4:46
8
Red House (Live At New York Pop Festival, Randall's Island)
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8:07
9
Freedom (Live At The Isle Of Wight)
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4:22
10
Purple Haze (Live At The San Diego Sports Arena, Ca, May 25, 1969)
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4:03
11
Star Spangled Banner (Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 18, 1969)
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3:46
12
Wild Thing (Live At Monterey)
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7:49
Released 01 January 2010, ℗ 2009 Experience Hendrix L.L.C., under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

Review

Wading through the repackagings of Jimi Hendrix musical legacy is a daunting task which has not been made any easier in the digital age. This double-CD set features a disc of "studio" and "live" performances, including several alternate and hard-to-find recordings of familiar classics. While nearly impossible to include everyone's favorites, this collection is a superior primer for those seeking a thumbnail sketch of Hendrix in both a studio and concert environment. Disc one cuts a chronological path through nearly 70 minutes of peak moments from Hendrix studio recordings as the leader of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Band of Gypsys. The sound is impeccable and the song selection hits most of the highlights. Conspicuously absent are vital contributions such as "If 6 Was 9," "Manic Depression," and "Can You See Me." In their stead are alternate versions of "Highway Chile," "All Along the Watchtower," "Stone Free," and "Spanish Castle Magic" -- all of which are available elsewhere. The rare 45 featuring the Band of Gypsys on "Isabella" and "Stepping Stone" is a nice inclusion for collectors. Disc two highlights Hendrix concert performances, including several generation-defining moments -- such as the reinvention of the electric guitar during "Wild Thing" at the Monterey Pop Festival as well as his inimitable "Star Spangled Banner" solo from the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair. Other highlights include a couple of oft overlooked later-era pieces featuring the Band of Gypsys. "Red House" from the New York Pop Festival and the previously unissued -- on CD at least -- "Foxey Lady" from Maui, HI, are both stellar performances from July of 1970. All in all, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection is a great touchstone for anyone wishing to begin their Jimi Hendrix experience. ~ Lindsay Planer