August 3, 2009 – 4:11 am

One of the most hotly contested live recordings still waiting for an official release.

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Listen To This Eric [JH 003/004, 2CD]

Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, February 24, 1969. Ex soundboard stereo.

The title refers to the friendly rivalry among axemen at the time. If Clapton was GOD than who or what was Hendrix?

By all accounts the performance was mixed. At the time, reviews were mostly polite. Hendrix was said to be tired and at times distressed by equipment that did not stand up to the test. Unwelcomed feedback, distortion and hiss plagued the set. Hendrix verbally apologises several times. But still, this was one of his last major performances in the UK until his untimely passing the following year.

Everything was captured at the time for a film on the Experience. Even the rehearsals were recorded. This show has to be one of the rawest. It’s untouched and “as nature intended”. Ebullient guitar solos and killer versions did not improve Hendrix’s sombre mood. It can be suggested that Hendrix played with much aggression, aimed at what? we cannot say.

It remains officially unreleased as ownership appears to be disputed. Nonetheless, over the years the tapes have come to light on numerous releases, chopped up, reconstructed, edited and reduced to single disc. Finally, it reappeared complete and in one of the best sounding versions at the time as Listen To This Eric.

From the sleevenotes: “Jimi’s opening numbers were harsh and brutal, but mellowed and progressed into some blues slanted tunes. One brave chap danced high up over the stage and the attendant who removed him was heartily booed.”

“Following a jam on Room Full of Mirrors, Jimi reverted to the ‘wild man’ antics that many thought he had left behind and proceeded to demolish the amps during the finale. In a wave of feedback, it was over…”

Four tracks are omitted, Little Wing and Voodoo Chile. Both appeared on Polydor’s 1972 Hendrix In The West LP. They were included in the 2000 4CD boxset, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Stone Free and Bleeding Heart are found on The Jimi Hendrix Concerts (Reprise).

We can hardly wait for an official release. Already, every member who played on that night has died. You need to listen to this too and decide just who was “God”.
- The Little Chicken

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Disc 1
Track 101. Lover Man (7.9MB)
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2. Stone Free (omitted)
Track 103. Hear My Train A’Comin’ (13.8MB)
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Track 104. I Don’t Live Today (9.0MB)
Track 105. Red House (17.4MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 106. Foxy Lady (8.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Sunshine Of Your Love (10.2MB)
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2. Bleeding Heart (omitted)
Track 203. Fire (5.2MB)
4. Little Wing (omitted)
Track 205. Voodoo Chile/Roomful Of Mirrors* (Voodoo Chile is omitted) (14.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 206. Purple Haze (4.1MB)
Track 207. Wild Thing/Star Spangled Banner (9.5MB)
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The Experience are Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell.

* Features Chris Wood (flute), Dave Mason (guitar), Kwasi Dzidzournou (bongos)

Get the 2005 reissue of the 4CD boxset The Jimi Hendrix Experience to hear and see (there’s a bonus DVD not found on the original 2000 release) what the Hendrix experience was all about. The set boasts alternate takes, legendary recordings and some sterling live performances. Buy it here.

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  1. 8 Responses to “GOT LIVE IF YOU WANT IT - PART 6 (JIMI HENDRIX)”

  2. Excellent. There are many other recordings of Jimi that are bogged down in legal quicksand. Thanx for letting this one out of the bag.

    By Timmy on Aug 4, 2009

  3. Cheers:

    By heli0tr0pe on Aug 4, 2009

  4. Thanks! Feels like i´m going to get some beer later ´n have a extended listen to this !!!
    Does he was really angry to Clapton at that time?

    By Rafael on Aug 6, 2009

  5. The fast version of Stone Free on the JHC album has always been a long time favorite of mine…. great to hear that now in context with the whole show…Many thanks Big O

    By Kookie on Aug 7, 2009

  6. Es una tonteria omitir canciones que ya estan editadas en discos variados o compilaciones el sonido es distinto y ademas esta editado …. por algo estan los bootlegs ya que son diferentes a los oficiales y esa es la gracia de las grabaciones no oficiales, un saludo y haber si lo piensan mejor ya que yo tambien soy coleccionista.

    By Romulo on Aug 14, 2009

  7. the image of all the young artists at Woodstock is epitomized by Jimi Hendrix playing Star Spangled Banner in the midst of the mess and the incredible event.
    ever since then early Hendrix has come alive for me.

    By brian on Aug 21, 2009

  8. Great versions of Sunshine of your love and Foxy lady’

    By Melchor Bautista on Mar 16, 2014

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