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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1993

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1. Purple Haze (performed by The Cure, produced by Robert Smith and Bryan "Chuck" New) 5:19
2. Stone Free (performed by Eric Clapton, produced by Nile Rodgers) 4:25
3. Spanish Castle Magic (performed by the Spin Doctors, produced by Eddie Kramer) 4:06
4. Red House (performed by Buddy Guy, produced by Eddie Kramer) 3:48
5. Hey Joe (performed by Body Count, produced by Ernie C) 4:28
6. Manic Depression (performed by Seal and Jeff Beck, produced by Jeff Beck, Eddie Kramer and Seal) 5:11
7. Fire (performed and produced by Nigel Kennedy) 4:39
8. Bold as Love (performed by the Pretenders, produced by Stephen Street) 3:23
9. You Got Me Floatin' (performed and produced by P. M. Dawn) 4:49
10. I Don't Live Today (performed by Slash, Paul Rodgers and Band of Gypsys, produced by Eddie Kramer) 4:32
11. Are You Experienced? (performed by Belly, produced by Paul Q. Kolderie and Sean Slade) 3:38
12. Crosstown Traffic (performed by Living Colour, produced by Ron Saint Germain) 3:10
13. Third Stone from the Sun (performed and produced by Pat Metheny) 6:00
14. Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun) (performed by M.A.C.C.) 5:26

Total Time 62:52

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Released: November 9, 1993
Label: Reprise Records
Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix is a 1993 album recorded by various artists in tribute to Jimi Hendrix. The artists were drawn from many genres of popular music. Contributors include his classic rock contemporaries Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, legendary blues man Buddy Guy, classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, alternative pop/rock bands Belly and Spin Doctors, hip hop artists P. M. Dawn, among others. According to the liner notes, the "artists were encouraged to not only record one of their own personal favorites but to also place their stamp on Jimi's songs." Several artists recorded radically different interpretations, particularly, P. M. Dawn, The Cure, Nigel Kennedy and Pat Metheny. Some artists, on the other hand, recorded versions that were rather similar to the originals.

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3 stars This, along with In From The Storm are the two mid-1990's tributes, both produced by Eddie Kramer. While the other focused more on the music, and provided beautil orchestrations and arrangements of Hendrix' music, this one focuses more on the hits, and the personalities of the musicians performing instead. And for that, this is the lesser of the two. I mean, after 15 years, who remembers Belly, M.A.C.C. or even The Spin Doctors and P.M. Dawn?

Much of the music is played fairly straight, pretty much like the originals. Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Living Colour, and even Slash & Paul Rodgers with the Band Of Gypsys perform this way. Body Count (featuring Ice-T) play a surprisingly un-hiphop version of Hey Joe while Pat Metheny plays a surprisingly hiphop Third Stone From The Sun. Nigel Kennedy, with John Etheridge on guitar, steals the show with his rendition of Fire.

The low point is a dismal version of Purple Haze by The Cure (but what do they do that isn't dismal?).

But this is worth buying for some ove the above mentioned tracks, as well as Jeff Beck with Seal on Manic Depression and The Pretenders playing Bold As Love.

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