Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Jimi Hendrix - 1972 - Hendrix In The West

Jimi Hendrix 
Hendrix In The West

01. The Queen (2:40)
02. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1:16)
03. Little Wing (3:14)
04. Red House (13:06)
05. Johnny B. Goode (4:45)
06. Lover Man (3:05)
07. Blue Suede Shoes (4:26)
08. Voodoo Chile (7:49)

- Jimi Hendrix / guitar, vocals
- Mitch Mitchell / drums
- Billy Cox / bass on tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7
- Noel Redding / bass on tracks 3, 4 and 8

Tracks A1 and A2 recorded at The Isle of Wight Festival on the morning of August 31, 1970 (appears on Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight)
Tracks A3 and B4 recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England on February 24, 1969
Track A4 recorded at the San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California on May 24, 1969
Track B1 recorded at the Berkeley Community Theatre on May 30, 1970, 1st show
Track B2 recorded at the Berkeley Community Theatre on May 30, 1970, 2nd show (appears on Live at Berkeley)
Track B3 recorded at the Berkeley Community Theatre on May 30, 1970, afternoon rehearsals
This is the track listing of the Reprise Records release,[6] reversing side one and two of the original Polydor Records release.

Hendrix in the West was a posthumous live album by Jimi Hendrix, released in January 1972 by Polydor Records, and later in February by Reprise Records. The album contains songs from Hendrix's performances at the San Diego Sports Arena on May 24, 1969, Berkeley Community Theatre on May 30, 1970 and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival on August 30, 1970.

This album was supposed to be a collection of songs played live by the master while performing ''In The West'' (meaning Western US). This is not entirely the case since two tracks were recorded in the Royal Albert Hall: the great version of ''Voodoo Chile'' (only topped by the unique Woodstock performance) and Little Wing'' and two from the Isle of Wight concert.

Some tracks though were taped during the famous Berkeley concerts: the cover from the rock'n'roll classic ''Johnny B. Goode'' which is quite remarkable here: a lot of punch, enthusiasm and of course maestria.

I can't be as laudatory about ''Blue Suede Shoes''. It also comes from the Berkeley evening but was apparently played outside the official concerts (repetition or so). The result is indeed some sort of loose version with little interest (except the solo work of course).

Since this album was released in 72, it sounded interesting to Michael Jeffery to release the Isle of Wight version of ''God Save The Queen''. Even if parts of this concert were already released a year before this one, this specific track was not. I guess that it was placed here on a commercial purpose since his huge Woodstock version of ''Star Spangled Banner'' was so unanimously praised by the critics and fans. But this one is shy compared to ''Star?''.

The cover from the Beatles ''Sgt. Pepper's?'' also comes from the Isle of Wight concert (August 30th, 1970). Punchy and wildly rocking, it is quite conform to the original version for most of it, would you except the lead guitar play of course (but who could doubt about this).

The second highlight (the first one being ''Voodoo?'') is an extraordinary (the best ever?) version of ''Red House'' recorded in San Diego. A long and juicy blues-rock marvellously interpreted by ''The Experience''.

In all, this live album is quite good and since London and the Isle of Wight are geographically located in the Western world, the title of this album is not an usurpation.

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