Editors’ Notes Upon Jimi Hendrix’s death in 1970, the floodgates opened for Hendrix product. This 1972 release proved to be one of the superior issues. The recordings are from four sources: Winterland, San Francisco, 1968, San Diego Sports Arena, 1969, the Berkeley Community Center, 1970, and the Isle of Wight, 1970. It is all prime Hendrix. His playing is spirited and light years away from the competition. And if one needed a single, concise live album to explain the Hendrix myth, this is as good a starting point as any. The medley of “God Save The Queen” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is inspired. “Little Wing” is a pure Hendrix ballad. “Spanish Castle Magic” is an underrated powerhouse. “Red House” provides solid blues. The covers of “Johnny B. Goode” and “Blue Suede Shoes” prove what Hendrix did to rock ‘n’ roll. He stuck it into an electric socket and changed the world.

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