Fans of Jimi Hendrix will get the chance to renew
their “experiences” with the guitar legend as Experience
Hendrix/MCA Records get set to release The Jimi
Hendrix Experience — BBC Sessions on April 21.
The two-CD, 30-track box set takes listeners on a “trip” down
memory lane with the original line-up of the Jimi Hendrix
Experience. Beginning with the band’s first live recordings in 1967
and closing with a historical television performance from 1969, the
collection reveals never-before heard covers of Muddy
Waters’ “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man,” the
Beatles’ “Daytripper” and Bob
Dylan’s “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window.”
Hendrix songs that are featured include “Foxy Lady,” “Stone
Free,” “Hey Joe,” “Purple Haze” and “Voodoo Child,” all of which
were culled from live performances at various BBC locations.
“Driving South” and a legendary version of “Hey Joe/Sunshine of
Your Love,” a song that Hendrix dedicated to Cream
on a legendary episode of the popular BBC radio show “Happening for
Lulu,” is also available for the first time.
Stevie Wonder, who was on location for an
interview during one of the sets, assists on drums during “Jammin”
and his own hit, “I Was Made to Love Her.”
Most of these songs have been unavailable for quite some time,
according to Janie Hendrix, CEO of Experience
Hendrix and Hendrix’s half-sister. “We decided to maximize this
release by including 30 tracks because we feel it is important to
fully chronicle that aspect of Jimi’s career and to provide a
comprehensive overview of these sessions in one collection.” A
24-page booklet of pictures and essays penned by British journalist
David Sinclair is also included and help
illustrate the impact of the legendary guitarist.