Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix

Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix is a compilation album of songs by American rock musician Jimi Hendrix, released in 1997 by Legacy Recordings. The single compact disc collects 20 songs spanning his career, from his first recordings with the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966 to his last with Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell in 1970.

Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
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Greatest hits album by
Released1997 (1997)
RecordedOctober 1966 – October 1970
GenreRock
Length73:32
LabelLegacy
Compiler
  • Janie Hendrix
  • John McDermott
Jimi Hendrix chronology
First Rays of the New Rising Sun
(1997)
Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
(1997)
South Saturn Delta
(1997)

Experience Hendrix is the first comprehensive collection of Hendrix's songs overseen by Experience Hendrix, a family company that took over management of his recording legacy in 1997. Fifteen songs with the Experience are included, as well as five with Hendrix's later groups, often referred to as "Gypsy Suns and Rainbows" and the "Cry of Love touring band". No songs from the Band of Gypsys lineup with Buddy Miles are included.[1]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Q     [citation needed]

In a review for AllMusic, Bruce Eder states that the collection "just misses being the perfect single-CD Jimi Hendrix anthology".[2] He notes that while the compilation includes some of Hendrix's noteworthy later work, it lacks several songs from his earlier Smash Hits compilation.[2]

The album reached number 18 in the UK[3] and number 133 in the US.[4] In 2006, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it as "2x platinum" for shipping two million copies.[5]

Track listingEdit

The titles and running times are taken from the original Experience Hendrix CD US release.[6] Other releases may show different information. Entries under "Original release" are for both the US and UK, unless otherwise indicated.

All tracks are written by Jimi Hendrix, except where otherwise noted.

Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
No.TitleOriginal releaseLength
1."Purple Haze"Single A-side2:51
2."Fire"Are You Experienced2:43
3."The Wind Cries Mary"Single A-side (UK), B-side (US)3:20
4."Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts)Single A-side3:29
5."All Along the Watchtower" (Bob Dylan)Single A-side3:58
6."Stone Free"Single B-side of "Hey Joe" (UK)3:35
7."Crosstown Traffic"Electric Ladyland2:19
8."Manic Depression"Are You Experienced3:42
9."Little Wing"Axis: Bold as Love2:25
10."If 6 Was 9"Axis: Bold as Love5:34
11."Foxey Lady"Are You Experienced3:18
12."Bold as Love"Axis: Bold as Love4:11
13."Castles Made of Sand"Axis: Bold as Love2:47
14."Red House"Are You Experienced (UK edition)3:50
15."Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"Electric Ladyland5:12
16."Freedom"The Cry of Love3:25
17."Night Bird Flying"The Cry of Love3:50
18."Angel"The Cry of Love4:22
19."Dolly Dagger"Rainbow Bridge4:45
20."Star Spangled Banner" (adapted by Hendrix[7])Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More (1970)3:46

Bonus disc The album was also released in a two-CD limited edition. The bonus disc contains eight tracks, taken from The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set (2000).[citation needed]

All tracks are written by Jimi Hendrix, except where otherwise noted.

Experience Hendrix bonus disc
No.TitleOriginal releaseLength
1."Highway Chile" (alternate recording)The Jimi Hendrix Experience3:41
2."Gloria" (Van Morrison)bonus single with The Essential Jimi Hendrix (UK)8:54
3."It's Too Bad" (jam recording)The Jimi Hendrix Experience8:53
4."Spanish Castle Magic" (rehearsal recording)The Jimi Hendrix Experience5:50
5."Hear My Train A Comin'" (rehearsal recording)The Jimi Hendrix Experience6:58
6."Lover Man" (demo recording)The Jimi Hendrix Experience2:58
7."I Don't Live Today" (live)Lifelines: The Jimi Hendrix Story bonus disc6:34
8."Purple Haze" (live)Stages disc three4:03

PersonnelEdit

Personnel information is taken from the original Experience Hendrix CD US release;[6] other releases may show different information.

MusiciansEdit

  • Jimi Hendrix – guitar, vocals; bass on "All Along the Watchtower"; piano and kazoo on "Crosstown Traffic"; glockenspiel on "Little Wing"; bass and harpsichord on "Bold as Love"; piano on "If 6 Was 9", "Freedom"
  • Mitch Mitchell – drums: all tracks, except "It's Too Bad"
  • Noel Redding – bass guitar: all tracks, except 5, 12, 16–20, bonus tracks 3, 6; backing vocals on "Purple Haze", "Fire", "Crosstown Traffic"
  • Billy Cox – bass guitar: 16–20 and "Lover Man"
  • Buddy Miles – drums: "It's Too Bad"
  • Juma Sultan – percussion on "Freedom", "Dolly Dagger", "Star Spangled Banner"
  • Jerry Velez – percussion on "Star Spangled Banner"
  • Larry Lee – rhythm guitar on "Star Spangled Banner"
  • The Breakaways – backing vocals on "Hey Joe"
  • Dave Mason – acoustic guitar on "All Along the Watchtower"; backing vocals on "Crosstown Traffic"
  • Arthur & Albert Allen – background vocals on "Freedom", "Dolly Dagger"

Cover imageEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[8] Gold 30,000^
Italy (FIMI)[9] Gold 50,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[10] Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Platinum 300,000 
United States (RIAA)[12] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "It's Too Bad" was recorded with Buddy Miles and Larry Young without Billy Cox.
  2. ^ a b c Eder, Bruce. "Jimi Hendrix: Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2017.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  3. ^ "Jimi Hendrix – Albums". Official Charts. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "Jimi Hendrix – Chart History Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Retrieved February 2, 2017.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum Search – Jimi Hendrix". RIAA. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  6. ^ a b McDermott, John (1997). Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix (CD booklet). Jimi Hendrix. Universal City, California: MCA Records. MCAD-11671.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  7. ^ Experience Hendrix credits Hendrix, although John Stafford Smith composed the music (no lyrics are used).
  8. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Italian album certifications – Jimi Hendrix – Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved February 23, 2019. Select "2016" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Album e Compilation" under "Sezione".
  10. ^ "IFPI Norsk platebransje Trofeer 1993–2011" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  11. ^ "British album certifications – Jimi Hendrix – Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 14, 2018. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Jimi Hendrix – Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 23, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.