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Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle WA on November 11, 1942. Originally named Johnny Allen by his mother, his father later changed his name to James Marshall Hendrix. Many years later his manager Chas Chandler would suggest changing his name to Jimi.

Jimi started playing the guitar as a young teenager and picked up influences from Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran and others. In the early to mid-60s, under the psuedonym Jimmy James, Jimi worked with the top RnB artists of the day including Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, B.B. King, Little Richard, Ike and Tina Turner, The Isley Brothers and many more. In 1965 he struck out on his own in New York City under the name Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. In 1966 Chas Chandler convinced Jimi to move to London where he hooked up with Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding to form The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

This move would an unleash a torrent of creativity for Hendrix as he immersed himself in the new proto-progressive rock scene in London. No longer content to play just RnB, Jimi was encouraged to pursue his interests in jazz, folk, British flavored psychedelic rock and manipulation of pure sound. Not only was his new drummer, Mitch Mitchell, encouraging Hendrix to stretch the boundaries of rock composition and improvisation, but Hendrix's involvement as a part-time member of The Soft Machine (as bassist) lead to an ongoing musical relationship with the jazz inluenced drummer Robert Wyatt, who was also a cross-influence with Jimi as they both rewrote the book on what rock could be. Although Hendrix continued to play a good dose of American roots music in his live sets, in the recording studio he began to explore new territory.

The Experience's first album, Are You Experienced, was a blast of Brtish psychedelic pop-rock, with the emphasis on hard rock with some jazzy Canterbury type numbers as well. The next two albums would reveal a bit more of Jimi's American roots, while also expanding his progressive song writing tendencies. In early 1968, songs like 1983 and Burning the Midnight Lamp put The Experience on the forefront of rock composition and execution. Meanwhile Jimi's innovative skills as a producer and sculptor of pure sound began to take flight. As a live performance band, The Experience could not be touched as they revolutionised the world of rock with their explosive performances.

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JIMI HENDRIX top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.25 | 336 ratings
Are You Experienced
1967
3.88 | 219 ratings
Axis: Bold as Love
1967
3.94 | 294 ratings
Electric Ladyland
1968
3.30 | 57 ratings
The Cry of Love
1971
3.93 | 29 ratings
Rainbow Bridge
1971
2.05 | 3 ratings
Roots Of Hendrix
1971
3.12 | 20 ratings
War Heroes
1972
2.17 | 9 ratings
Loose Ends
1974
1.74 | 16 ratings
Crash Landing
1975
2.39 | 12 ratings
Midnight Lightning
1975
2.25 | 5 ratings
Nine to the Universe
1980
2.17 | 4 ratings
Morning Symphony Ideas
2000
3.07 | 43 ratings
Valleys Of Neptune
2010
4.11 | 26 ratings
People, Hell and Angels
2013

JIMI HENDRIX Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.07 | 5 ratings
Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival (Hendrix & Otis Redding)
1970
3.74 | 93 ratings
Band Of Gypsys
1970
4.00 | 2 ratings
Experience
1971
3.21 | 10 ratings
Isle of Wight
1971
3.89 | 17 ratings
Hendrix in the West
1972
4.00 | 1 ratings
More Experience
1972
3.66 | 12 ratings
The Jimi Hendrix Concerts
1982
4.14 | 16 ratings
Jimi Plays Monterey
1986
3.40 | 5 ratings
Band of Gypsys 2
1986
4.04 | 20 ratings
Live at Winterland
1987
3.27 | 6 ratings
Radio One
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live & Unreleased: The Radio Show
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lifelines: The Jimi Hendrix Story
1990
4.00 | 2 ratings
Stages
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Early Years Live
1991
3.00 | 2 ratings
Bleeding Heart
1994
3.83 | 18 ratings
Woodstock
1994
4.41 | 21 ratings
BBC Sessions
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Oakland Coliseum
1998
4.56 | 23 ratings
Live at Woodstock
1999
4.07 | 19 ratings
Live at the Fillmore East
1999
2.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Ottawa
2001
3.67 | 9 ratings
Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight
2002
4.13 | 5 ratings
Live At Berkeley
2003
3.00 | 2 ratings
Live At L'Olympia, Paris
2004

JIMI HENDRIX Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.78 | 26 ratings
Jimi Hendrix - Live at Woodstock
1999
4.60 | 10 ratings
Band of Gypsys (Live At The Fillmore East)
1999
3.33 | 3 ratings
Rainbow Bridge
2000
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - DVD Video Sampler
2001
3.67 | 3 ratings
Experience
2001
3.48 | 12 ratings
Blue Wild Angel (Live at the Isle of Wight)
2002
4.50 | 4 ratings
Jimi Plays Berkeley
2003
4.17 | 11 ratings
Live At Monterey (DVD)
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Experience Hendrix
2008
3.00 | 3 ratings
At Last... The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland
2009

JIMI HENDRIX Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.96 | 14 ratings
Smash Hits
1968
0.00 | 0 ratings
Electric Jimi Hendrix
1968
4.50 | 2 ratings
Soundtrack Recordings from the Film Jimi Hendrix
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
Musique Originale du Film Jimi Plays Berkeley
1975
4.04 | 4 ratings
The Essential Jimi Hendrix (Vol. 1)
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Essential Jimi Hendrix (Vol. 2)
1979
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Singles Album
1983
4.00 | 2 ratings
Kiss the Sky
1984
3.22 | 4 ratings
Cornerstones-Jimi Hendrix 1967-1970
1990
3.20 | 22 ratings
The Ultimate Experience
1992
4.04 | 33 ratings
Blues
1994
2.52 | 4 ratings
Voodoo Soup
1995
3.59 | 41 ratings
First Rays of the New Rising Sun
1997
2.66 | 13 ratings
South Saturn Delta
1997
3.50 | 13 ratings
Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
1998
4.50 | 4 ratings
Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection
2001
3.05 | 3 ratings
The Baggy's Rehearsal Sessions
2002
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Singles Collection
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Jimi Hendrix
2003
4.00 | 2 ratings
West Coast Seatle Boy - The Jimi Hendrix Anthology
2010

JIMI HENDRIX Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.07 | 8 ratings
Hey Joe
1966
4.13 | 5 ratings
Hey Joe
1967
4.20 | 5 ratings
Purple Haze
1967
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Wind Cries Mary
1967
4.50 | 2 ratings
The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
1967
3.96 | 7 ratings
Foxey Lady
1967
0.00 | 0 ratings
Up From the Skies
1968
4.67 | 3 ratings
All Along the Watchtower
1968
3.50 | 2 ratings
Crosstown Traffic
1968
3.00 | 2 ratings
Stone Free
1969
4.00 | 1 ratings
lzabella
1970
5.00 | 1 ratings
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
1970
0.00 | 0 ratings
No Such Animal
1970
0.00 | 0 ratings
Freedom
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dolly Dagger
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Gypsy Eyes EP
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Gloria
1979
3.00 | 2 ratings
Fire
1982
4.00 | 2 ratings
All Along The Watchtower
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Peel Sessions
1988
4.00 | 3 ratings
Day Tripper
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimi Hendrix Experience Picture Disc
1989
5.00 | 1 ratings
Crosstown Traffic
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Get DMXperienced
1999
2.91 | 2 ratings
Merry Christmas And Happy New Year
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Valleys of Neptune
2010

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 Electric Ladyland by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.94 | 294 ratings

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Electric Ladyland
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Electric Ladyland is a diverse, moody, bluesy, and psychedelic slice of late '60's experimental rock. Today when we hear Hendrix on the radio we hear only the handful of hits, which are all great; but listeners to this, the last album by Hendrix, will hear the full scope of his musicianship and songwriting skills. This album has lots to like, from free-form spacey interludes, extended jam sessions, melodic rockin', and most of all - music with feeling. Hendrix's songwriting and playing accomplishes much more than "Purple Haze" would lead you to believe he was capable of making, and all of it exudes the soulful artistry of a real bluesman.

This is probably the reason that Hendrix's music has had the staying power we've seen, that and his straight up excellence on the guitar. Listen to the expressive singing and axework in the live recording of "Voodoo Chile" and you'll see what I'm talking about; music like this just isn't made any more. Very few songs can create the immediate reaction to rock within a few seconds like the opening of Jimi's rendition of "All Along the Watchtower" or the massive riff and solo introduction to "Voodoo Child". Incomparable.

The album as a whole has a lot to offer most any rock fan, though those who thrive on excess and experimentation may get the most of out it. Electric Ladyland has only three songs that are really "classics," the best songs are those that feel like pieces of expressionist art hidden behind the layers of melodic riffing, fuzzy bass lines, and organ textures.

Rounded up to four for historical impact and importance to all music, not just prog, because there's only one Hendrix, and modern rock owes him more than I think we realize.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Lyrics/Vocals: 3 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

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 Band Of Gypsys by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Live, 1970
3.74 | 93 ratings

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Band Of Gypsys
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Maybe not the definitive Jimi Hendrix live album, but A Band of Gypsys is a solid piece of thick, smokey, R&B goodness none the less.

"Who Knows" and "Machine Gun" give us dark, moody, effects-driven jam sessions which are probably the highlights of the album, while the other tracks are shorter and more conventional, though still with open-ended solo sections. The rhythm section keeps it tight and engaging throughout, making the trio sound like they're working together and playing off each others' riffing.

Interestingly, the setlist doesn't include any of Jimi's iconic hits. Depending on your viewpoint, this is either a strength or a weakness. If you're hoping to hear Jimi jam to tunes that aren't on his greatest hits, then you're in luck. The recording quality is good overall for the period.

Overall a solid, but not great live recording featuring the all-time great rock guitarist

Setlist: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Stage Energy: 3 - Live Experience: 4

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 Axis: Bold as Love by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Studio Album, 1967
3.88 | 219 ratings

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Axis: Bold as Love
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Axis: Bold as Love is a feedback filled collection of Hendrix and the times he was playing in. The fuzzy distortion, interesting combination of bluesy and psychedelic sounds, distinct vocals, and trademark guitar sound please throughout.

It's genuinely hard to find anything to complain about from a genuinely iconic musician's legacy, yet despite this, I don't think that there's enough depth here that grabbed me beyond the casual listen. Every one has heard tracks like "If 6 was 9" and "Little Wing", so there's no surprise there, but the other songs come across as filler and jams. Maybe it's because I've heard the highlights of this album so many times on Jimi's "Greatest Hits". The few psychedelic pop songs leave me ambivalent, but luckily the warm sound of Jimi's R&B guitar outnumber those songs 2:1, and the hits of this album are legendary.

So, a solid album that will probably grab some more than others, but is undeniably entertaining regardless.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Lyrics/Vocals: 3 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

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 Valleys Of Neptune by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.07 | 43 ratings

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Valleys Of Neptune
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by Argonaught

3 stars What can I say? A musically mediocre album, composed of a dozen previously unreleased (if i am not mistaken) tracks that had been recorded by some of the finest musicians of their time.

I do not know if the tracks were processed and "ameliorated" digitally around the time this particular collection was released, but, whichever way - the sound quality is very good. I have this album on a double LP, which has a nice solid feel to it and sports very impressive album art to boot.

If this was on a CD with a lousy jewel case, it would never get more than 2 stars from me, being no more that an inconsequential collector's item for those who hunt for every piece of music that Jimi Hendrix can be heard on.

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 The Wind Cries Mary by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1967
4.00 | 5 ratings

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The Wind Cries Mary
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars "The Wind Cries Mary" is a very good atmospheric "Psychedelic Blues" song, with very good arrangements, and with particularly very good guitar playing by Hendrix. In my opinion, this song is one of the best songs that Hendrix composed and that he recorded with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. This song also shows Hendrix very own guitar playing style and also that he really was as a guitarist a very advanced musician, because not other guitarist played like him in those days. Also being an African- American guitarist gave him the "special touch", "soul" and "feeling" that only musicians of that racial group have. He also was a bit "out of place" in the musical business then, because as an African- American musician he was playing Rock and not only Jazz, Blues, Soul or Rhythm and Blues music like other African-American musicians at that time. Anyway, he really was an innovator because he mixed in his music several of these musical styles, even including some Psychedelic music arrangements, a not very typical thing among Afro-American musicians at that time, I think. He also helped to create the Heavy Metal music style which was later developed more by bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and others. He also had very good white musicians in his band: Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell.

"Highway Chile", in the "B" side, is also a good song, but more Rock oriented, but with a very characterstic guitar riff.

Both songs were later included in the "Smash Hits" compilation album of the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968.

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 Day Tripper by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1988
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Day Tripper
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars In late 1988, in one (now defunct) FM Radio station in my city, they broadcasted for several weeks all the discography (or at least most of the discography) of John Lennon. In one of the radio programmes, they broadcasted a recording of "Day Tripper" and they announced it as being played by "the Jimi Hendrix Experience with John Lennon", so I was a bit surprised but anyway I recorded it in a cassette. A lot of years later, with the availability of the web, I finally could search for information about this recording, and I found that this recording of "Day Tripper" was not recorded with John Lennon, but in fact only by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, with Noel Redding "singing a bit like Lennon". In fact, all the three members of the band sing in this song, doing a very good heavy version. Finally, I also found that this song was included in an official album from 1988 titled "Radio One" which also included other recordings done for the BBC in 1967.

"Drivin' South - Alternate Version" is a heavy and very good instrumental musical piece played with energy by the band.

"Hear My Train A Comin' - Alternate Version" is a very good song, sung by Hendrix, and also played with energy by the band, also including some "chatting" and good humour between the members of the band.

The recordings are very good.

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 Are You Experienced by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Studio Album, 1967
4.25 | 336 ratings

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Are You Experienced
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by MJAben

2 stars I must admit that I'm not a huge Hendrix fan, I won't even begin to talk about the importance of Hendrix, not just to Prog music but to music in general... Nevertheless, it's hard for me to sit down through a whole Hendrix album, not due to the overuse of distortion or the inability to sing but, more than anything, because every song sounds so samey.

Songs range here from mediocre to sub par to poor. mediocre: (Third Stone from the Sun / Red House / Are You Experienced/ May This Be Love). Sub Par: (Manic Depression / Love or Confusion / Fire). Poor: (the rest). Perhaps not all of this is fair, Hendrix does sound dated now and if I were to listen to the album at the time it was released its impact and my reception would be very different. As it stands however, this is an album that hasn't been able to stand up strong, a few interesting moments but they are scattered and not worth sitting through the whole album.

2/5 stars.

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 Radio One by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Live, 1988
3.27 | 6 ratings

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Radio One
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

3 stars I like Hendrix, indeed, I like him a lot, especially his live releases of which I have quite a few in my collection. Some may be more legit than others and to find out, I decided to peruse PA's Discography of Jimi's works.

I've noticed that this album had a single rating and of 5 stars. Left somewhat puzzled as I purchased this CD on release over 20 years ago, but for some reason I've let it go then. Why? Probably it didn't appeal that much in comparison with more cherished performances. Anyway, I was able to listen to these tunes again - if only for the sake of retiring that puzzle.

The record company Rycodisc were known to having re-released numerous works by Frank Zappa, including the uncut version of "Hot Rats", something that didn't fit the original LP format. Ryko have also published some "riskey" and questionable works on the side till they went out of business. This piece sits somewhere in the middle, kinda scraping the bottom of the Hendrix barrel.

The title "Radio One" refers to a live in studio broadcast by the BBC, probably around 1968. The songs are pretty compact versions of early Hendrix hits. No sign of stretching out no Band of Gypsys here. One may wonder if the band were asked to keep things radio friendly?

Some tracks were sung by other than Jimi - for better or worse. You can be the judge. The CD would suit collectors more than people with a library of Hendrix's early works. It's not a bad performance at all, only superficial when compared with other releases.

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 Are You Experienced by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Studio Album, 1967
4.25 | 336 ratings

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Are You Experienced
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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5 stars Most of the time in music history progressions are made by tiny increments of experimentation where an artist tries something new and it is incorporated into the works of others and so forth and so on but the 1960s were one of those decades that was a musical equivalent of the big bang of ideas and innovation and JIMI HENDRIX and his EXPERIENCE were one of the innovators of this musical explosion with a totally new sound, style and approach on the musical landscape.

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? was an immediate and outstanding success. Only a year before Jimi was struggling to survive covering R&B songs as a back-up guitarist but as his latent talent was gestating he managed to capture the attention of Keith Richards' girlfriend who ultimately introduced him to Chas Chandler (of the Animals) who catapulted him from rags to rock'n'roll riches in a very short time.

This album took the world by storm. Jimi perfected the feedback guitar sound that the psychedelic world only hinted at and delivered a burst of energy to the whole musical industry that single-handedly inspired the whole world we know today. He was the prototype for heavy metal as well as blues rock, psychedelic music and outlandish stage antics such as his famous burning his guitar on stage or playing with his teeth. Mr Hendrix literally dropped the equivalent of a musical bomb on the world which reverberates into the present world. Although it took me a while to appreciate the album as a whole (I always liked a few cuts) I now can't imagine how the world of rock music would be the same if Jimi hadn't contributed his signature sound to it and this album has grown on me. The varied influences ranging from soul, blues and total freakouts conspire to make one of the most influential releases in the entire history of music.

This is another one of those albums where the UK and US versions differed substantially. The UK version had the rather uninspiring black backdrop with the members posed while the much better US version had the Summer-Of-Love psychedelic cover. The track listings were different as well. For some strange reason the most familiar songs "Purple Haze," "Manic Depression" and "Hey Joe" were left off the UK version despite being huge hit singles there.

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 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
2.91 | 2 ratings

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Merry Christmas And Happy New Year
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by KingCrInuYasha

3 stars In December 1969, Jimi Hendrix went into the studio with the recently formed Band Of Gypsys, which featured him, Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums, to rehearse for some upcoming concerts at the Filmore East (which would be documented on Band Of Gypsies and Live At The Filmore East). One of the songs recorded was an instrumental Christmas/New Year's medley, set to a march, consisting of "The Little Drummer Boy", "Silent Night", and "Auld Lang Syne" (with a snippet of "Taps" thrown in the middle), churned out with a similar flavor that Hendrix gave "The Star Spangled Banner", albeit without the nightmarish aura surrounding that cover. It's certainly nice, but not something I would consider essential. If, however, you manage to get a copy of the 2010 edition of the single, you are treated with the full version of the medley, which makes the short version completely superfluous. Right after the part where the short version ends, the band begins to cook and starts jamming; compete with the usual trademark solos from Hendrix, some good bass work from Cox and lovely background vocals from Miles (which are sadly buried in the mixed), sending the piece into the stratosphere as the ball drops to ring in the new year. The medley is not as mind blowing as the rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" Hendrix unleashed at Woodstock four months earlier, but it's quite lovely nonetheless and bound to give you those warm, fuzzy feelings you usually get at Christmas time.

For the B-side, there's "Three Little Bears", a tropical flavored number from the Electric Ladyland sessions (with Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell on rhythm this time) which was originally released on the War Heroes LP. It's... one of the weirder numbers to come out of the vaults. I honestly have no idea what on earth Hendrix was trying to accomplish with the nursery rhymish lyrics, which, at one point, he even comments on the absurdity of them. At least the music is quite nice, even though one gets the feeling that Hendrix would not have even considered releasing this.

My only complaint is that this is another one of those "Why did they release this as a single" moments. IMO, the extended suite and "Three Little Bears" could have easily fit on the South Saturn Delta compilation. As it is, both songs are enjoyable romps that will please longtime fans.

Oh, and the picture of an Axis era Jimi in a Santa suit is a hoot.

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