Jimi Hendrix still steals show with new reissues on CD, DVD
by Richard Antone
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Over 40 years since his passing, guitarist Jimi Hendrix still casts a long shadow, and this is an especially exciting year for his fans. Devotees of the “Master of the Stratocaster” will be treated to a recent Hendrix tribute CD and some cool reissues on CD and DVD, all released on Experience Hendrix/Legacy.

Winterland

Wineterland was reocrded over three days of classic 1968 shows (just before the release of Electric Ladyland) at the legendary San Francisco hall. The four-CD set has expansive, mind-expanding versions of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” recorded a year before Woodstock. Also included are full versions of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” and blues classics “Red House” and “Hear My Train A Comin’.” It also features cameos by flautist Virgil Gonsalves and saxophonist-organist Herbie Rich of the Buddy Miles Express, as well as Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady. Only a few of these tracks appeared on the 1987 reissue Live At Winterland. Thankfully, you get so much more here.

Hendrix In The West



Originally released in 1972 and recorded mostly in California, Hendirx in the West starts off with two anthems - “The Queen” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The CD showcases two lineups of the Jimi Hendrix Exerience: bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell, and Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox. This expanded CD has smoking versions of “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return),” “Little Wing” and “Spanish Castle Magic.”

South Saturn Delta

Before “Little Wing” and “Angel” became separate ballads, they were part of a lovely instrumental demo called “Little Wing (Angel).” Among other highlights on South Saturn Delta is an unreleased studio take of “Power of Soul” and the previously unreleased “Message To The Universe (Message To Love).” Both would make their way onto future Band of Gypsys albums. There is also an alternate mix of “All Along The Watchtower” and another unreleased track, “Sweet Angel (Angel),s” offers a beautiful track with vocal closer to 1970’s “Angel.” The CD closes with a quiet acoustic blues version of “Midnight Lightning.”

Power of Soul

Hendrix influenced many musicians, as well as he inspiring a legion of fans. Power of Soul is the second Hendrix tribute album to benefit The College Fund/UNCF (the first was the excellent Stone Free-A Tribute To Jimi Handrix). Carlos Santana delivers a muscular groove on “Spanish Castle Magic” underneath a spirited vocal by Living Colour’s Corey Glover. Eric Clapton serves up a scorching solo on “Burning of The Midnight Lamp,” and Sting’s bell-like vocal colors “The Wind Cries Mary.” Lenny Kravitz grooves on “Have You Ever Been (to Electric Ladyland),” and Earth, Wind & Fire bring the funk to an already funky “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return).”

Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett

Show


This DVD captures Hendrix’ two 1969 appearances on the popular late-night TV show. Hendrix plays ably with his his own band (Cox, Mitchell and Juma Sultan) and the show’s versatile house band led by Bobby Rosengarten.

Included are some insightful interviews about his music and hectic life, as well as an potent documentary featuring Mitchell, Cox and comments from a still razor sharp Cavett.

Hendrix Band of Gypsys



Originally released to settle a contract dispute, it eventually became a labor of love-an explosive live album waxed during a legendary stint at the fabled Fillmore East. With Cox and drummer-vocalist Buddy miles, it’s as exciting to see as to watch. There’s also a documentary with vivid memories from Cox, Miles, Redding and Mitchell, engineer Eddie Kramer and timely comments by Lenny Kravitz and Vernon Reid.

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