Review: Winterland - Jimi Hendrix Experience


by Adrian I

Jimi Hendrix Experience Winterland (available as 4 CD Deluxe Box Set, an 8 12" 180 gram Vinyl Audiophile LP Deluxe Box Set or 1 CD Winterland Highlights)

Winterland is drawn from six stellar shows recorded over three days (October 10, 11 & 12, 1968) at San Francisco's historic Winterland Ballroom. These special performances celebrated the two year anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and came just as the groundbreaking album Electric Ladyland was released.

Winterland presents some of Hendrix's most spectacular guitar work and the four CD set is filled with rare live versions of classic songs such as Manic Depression, Are You Experienced, Tax Free, and Little Wing that are hard to find elsewhere. Fans will also enjoy Hendrix's dramatic interpretations of Cream's Sunshine Of Your Love and Howlin Wolf's Killing Floor [with the Experience joined by Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady] as well his rendition of Bob Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone, which has been selected as the lead track for this special release.

This special deluxe box set features never before released music from each of the six unforgettable Winterland performances. The new standard and deluxe editions of Winterland are markedly different from a single disc compilation, long out of print, that was briefly issued by Rykodisc in 1987 and 1988.

The deluxe edition also presents a rare interview with Hendrix recorded backstage at the Boston Garden a few weeks after the Winterland performances. This previously unreleased bonus provides fans with a unique window into Hendrix's views about his background, his approach to the guitar and songwriting and future direction of his music.

Finally, the deluxe edition features a 36 page booked filled with previously unpublished images by acclaimed photographers Robert Knight, Allen Tannenbaum and Jim Marshall as well as an essay by noted Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke.

Tracklisting:

Disc One (October 10, 1968 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco)
  • Tax Free
  • Lover Man
  • Sunshine of Your Love
  • Hear My Train A Comin'
  • Killing Floor
  • Foxey Lady
  • Hey Joe
  • Star Spangled Banner
  • Purple Haze
Disc Two (October 11, 1968 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco)
  • Tax Free
  • Like a Rolling Stone
  • Lover Man
  • Hey Joe
  • Fire
  • Foxey Lady
  • Are You Experienced
  • Red House
  • Purple Haze
Disc Three (October 12, 1968 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco)
  • Fire
  • Lover Man
  • Like a Rolling Stone
  • Manic Depression
  • Sunshine of Your Love
  • Little Wing
  • Spanish Castle Magic
  • Red House
  • Hey Joe
  • Purple Haze
  • Wild Thing
Disc Four (Bonus Disc - Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco)
  • Foxy Lady
  • Are You Experienced
  • Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
  • Red House
  • Star Spangled Banner
  • Purple Haze
  • Jimi Hendrix: Boston Garden Backstage Interview

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