(all the albums mentioned here have downloadable torrents linked on the album name below. Download. Say Thank You to Jimmy! And Enjoy)
I am in Hendrix heaven right now. Imagine you are getting high with Hendrix, and then he picks up his guitar. Acoustic guitar. And he is just working it. For you. Random strains you have never heard of.
Just for you.
That is how the tracks on this album sound like.
Now imagine listening to Hendrix in various concerts. Through various concerts, his choicest times when his guitar had taken off for long periods.
In early 1992,I walked into a local stereo dealer`s showroom looking to by a pair of speakers and asked to hear the Klipsch Heresys.I handed the salesman a cd of this album and asked him to play song 5 and give it some volume which he did,gladly.I sat on the couch and listened to the incredible version of Are You Experienced with goosebumps running up and down my arms with my eyes closed and went on the sonic journey that I still feel is one of the best live cuts I`ve ever heard from Jimi Hendrix.
After it was over I opened my eyes and saw the salesman staring at me with a smile on his face.He asked me if the speakers were what I wanted and I answered yes.Seventeen years later listening to those same speakers playing the same song it happens all over again and it is fantastic.For what its worth,this collection of live cuts fashioned to resemble a Jimi Hendrix concert are probally the best performed and recorded songs I have ever heard and I`ve heard alot.
From another comment at the amazon page (which incidentally is tally ho with a million such other positives)
I have been a Jimi fan for over 20 years, this CD is by far the best live Jimi CD I’ve ever heard and I’ve tried them all. “Are you Experienced” from 1968 at Winterland is the all-time best live track I’ve ever heard by Jimi, and there are 8 or 9 other classic cuts on this CD, all extended and definitive. I looked for this CD for years after I lost the cassette as it’s out of print and when I bought it here on Amazon for big $$$ I’ve never regretted it one day and will always cherish it!
9 CD set.Many of the tracks here are alternate versions.
But the biggest surprise is
A user testimonial at the Amazon page,
Tribute albums are usually a mixed affair, and few really hold up as albums, but this one comes close. It succeeds on so many levels for several reasons. First, the man it pays tribute to, Jimi Hendrix, is an indisputable legend; his reputation is so widespread, kids who’ve never heard his music know who he is. So not surprisingly, he’s had an enormous influence on a wide variety of musicians, which brings us to a second reason why this collection succeeds: the participating musicians. The line-up here is so impressive because each artist is so different from the other, yet each one has some connection to him, either as a collaborator, as an artist he influenced, or as a friend.
Organized by the Hendrix estate, this disc has plenty of highlights: “Purple House” by Prince and former Sly & the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham showcases Prince’s amazing guitar skills – the best track, and from an artist who, like Hendrix, managed to be a great innovator and commercial success while crossing the barrier between rock and r&b. Carlos Santana and Living Colour’s Corey Glover perform an excellent cover of “Spanish Castle Magic,” with an inspired jazz rhythm section: bassist Stanley Clarke and the late, great Tony Williams, arguably the greatest drummer of all-time. Elsewhere, Sting sings and plays bass on a cover of “The Wind Cries Mary,” which has some searing guitar work by John McLaughlin; George Clinton and Bootsy Collins (of Parliament/Funkadelic/etc.) shake it up with “Power of Soul,” Chaka Khan and Kid Rock’s guitarist Kenny Olson do a strong version of “Little Wing,” the late, great blues legend John Lee Hooker covers “Red House” (actually a track from a previous John Lee CD; he passed away before he could record something new, so they selected this as a tribute to him as well), and an awesome live recording of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble performing “Little Wing” and “3rd Stone…” from Oct, 20, 1983 in Philadelphia for the King Biscuit Flour Hour. Granted, none of these covers ‘surpass’ the originals, and there are some mild disappointments, like an Eric Clapton/Chic collaboration on “Burning Of The Midnight Lamp” (a real letdown) and Lenny Kravitz’s contribution, but as tributes go, this is surprisingly good, the kind you’ll actually listen to again