Got to hand it to the folks at Experience Hendrix, who keep coming up with good Hendrix music and packaging it in fine releases. This new work, on its Dagger Records subsidiary label, is a typical audience recording that has been tweaked by the master hands of Eddie Kramer. There’s still evidence of its origin, like when the tape runs out in the middle of “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” and pauses while the tape is hastily turned over. But in the main, the sound is remarkable.
Taken from two sets recorded a few months apart, the performance is fine, especially the San Francisco show, which is as bluesy a set as Hendrix could ever present, possibly because Albert King had opened the show and set the tone for the night. It also features an extended version of the aforementioned “Mr. Fantasy” with Buddy Miles sitting in on drums, possibly the first time he played with Hendrix. The Paris show includes tunes from the Hendrix set list of the time, but the performance is above average.
Other highlights are the excellent liner notes by John McDermott and a number of period photos showing Jimi with white Fender Strat and Gibson Flying V guitars backed by Marshall amps with Sunn cabinets.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Sep. ’04 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.