Jimi Hendrix – Hendrix In The West (2011)
Hendrix In The West
Experience Hendrix, 2011
An expanded reissue of the 1972 release with additional and alternate tracks, Hendrix In The West captures the essence of the concert experience. Several performances are brought together to make this more of a “best of,” as opposed to a single concert, but the tracks chosen are fantastic examples of Hendrix’s brilliance on the guitar.
New to this version are “Fire,” “I Don’t Live Today,” and “Spanish Castle Magic,” all recorded in 1969 at the San Diego Sports Arena. Two other tracks — “Little Wing” and “Voodoo Child” — are replaced by performances from San Francisco and San Diego, repsectively, while the original featured renditions from Royal Albert Hall in London.
Hendrix’s interpretation of “Blue Suede Shoes,” which was actually not a concert performance but an afternoon sound check, is of particular interest. It is a bluesy masterpiece that shows a true genius working the frets. Other highlights include a heartfelt performance of “Little Wing,” a rambunctious “Fire,” and the underrated “Spanish Castle Magic.” The 22-page booklet that comes with the CD showcases a handful of wonderful photographs and a write-up about the album by co-producer John McDermott.
1. The Queen
2. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
3. Little Wing
5. I Don’t Live Today
6. Spanish Castle Magic
7. Red House
8. Johnny B. Goode
9. Lover Man
10. Blue Suede Shoes
11. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Jimi Hendrix (guitars, vocals)
Mitch Mitchell (drums)
Billy Cox (bass on 1, 2, 8, 9, 10)
Noel Redding (bass on 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11)