Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Jimi Hendrix - The Last Experience

This was supposed to have been a sountrack to a movie that never came out. Which explains the lame song fades. Sounds more like a sampler than a live album. Really a hack job by whoever put it out. There are however, a few smokin' jams on here. The last track is what makes this a keeper. Hendrix tuning his guitar for about three minutes while the crowd loses their patience. He finally starts into the first notes of Purple Haze, switches to some racket, goes into the Star Spangled Banner for a bit, the whole time the rest of the band is trying to follow along and figure out what he's doing. Then it just turns into chaos and noise for a few minutes. At the end it's just thumps and thuds and the crowd cheering. That final track is called "Smashing of the Amps".

Fun Facts: The CD cover claims this is the final Hendrix performance. I assume they are referring to the Isle of Wight festival. If that's true then this performance can be found in it's entirety on the 2002 release "Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight".

Well it turns out this show is from February 18th 1969 at the Royal Albert Hall. The Isle of Wight was on August 30 1970 by the way. Which makes sense because this show is a way more rockin' then the more laid back stuff he was doing at the end. This album was released in 1971. This particular CD appears to combines two releases. Jimi Hendrix - "Experience", and "More Experience".

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