September 28, 2010 – 7:34 pm

Some rare tracks from Seattle’s favorite son.

Click on the panels for a better view or to download artwork.

(Back cover modified from the original)

Acoustic Jams [Sphinx, 2CD first edition]

Sessions at home, in the studio and everywhere else. Generally excellent quality.

I was uncertain whether to send this to BigO, because of the mediocre quality of some of the tape sources, but I’m now glad that I did. For this release, the “Pyramid” label came up with a “brilliant” idea: a two-sided CD. This was in the days before “Dualdisc” and “DVD”, so the “Pyramid” label created a two-sided CD by gluing two discs together. The problem is that half of the CD players in the world can’t play the disc.

Luckily, my vintage “Laserdisc” “Combi” player can play it, and I transferred it to CD-R on a rack mount pro audio CD-R recorder. After copying “Side Two”, I struggled three times to get my “Laserdisc” player to eject the two-sided disc. I’m now glad that I transferred it to two separate discs. Fans won’t have to search for this rare disc, and risk damaging their machines trying to play it. And one more thing: The set contains three more tracks than what the original artwork lists. Roughly one-third of the tracks in this collection are exclusive. - Philip Cohen

When first released in 1989, it was quite an eye-opener. Here was Hendrix in a relaxed mood, strumming and playing, creating his music in private. Away from the crowds. It has been 20 years since and the internet has brought collectors together and sharing has created quite an archive of Hendrix music on the net. Much of his “lost” music has now entered “circulation” and if you are an insider, there’s quite a lot of rare music you will be privilege to.

Hendrix was mercurial on stage as he was in the studio. Hardly a dull moment was ever had. This fine selection shows his creativity at ad-libbing lyrics just as his playing was as improvised as a jazzman’s.

Finally, in 2010 the Hendrix estate has announced a new boxset aimed at collectors. What Hendrix loyal fans have been waiting for. In the meantime, grab a couple of these tasty tracks.
- Professor Red

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 [59.28m]
Track 101. Long Hot Summer Night 1 (Solo acoustic) 2.14m (3.6MB)
Track 102. Long Hot Summer Night 2 (Solo acoustic) 1.48m (2.8MB)
Track 103. Long Hot Summer Night 3 (Solo acoustic) 0.27m (723k)
104. 1983… A Merman I Should Be 1 (Solo) 4.10m - Omitted
105. 1983 … A Merman I Should Be 2 (Solo) 3.33m - Omitted
106. Angel (Solo) 3.19m - Omitted
107. Cherokee Mist (Solo instrumental) 3.12m - Omitted
Jimi’s apartment in NYC, early 1968
Track 108. Astro Man/ Valleys Of Neptune (Jimi’s vocal is inaudible.) 3.28m (5.5MB)
Track 109. Money (Acoustic) 7.03m (11.3MB)
Jimi’s Shokan house, NY, Autumn 1969

Track 110. Voodoo Child - incomplete (Unreleased Version) 3.37m (5.7MB)
Jimi’s apartment in NYC, early 1968

Track 111. Come On (Let The Good Times Roll) (Unreleased Version) 2.49m (4.5MB)
with The Experience (Record Plant; New York City, NY, 8-27-68

112. Hear My Train A’Comin’ (Solo) 1.16m - Omitted
Jimi’s apartment in NYC, early 1968
Track 113. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)/ Gypsy Eyes 1 (Solo) 12.29m (20.5MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Voodoo Child is from Record Plant; New York City, NY, 5-3-68, take 4. After 10 mins, slips into Gypsy Eyes 1.

114. Gypsy Eyes 2 (Solo Acoustic) 4.21m - Omitted
Gypsy Eyes 1 and 2 Jimi’s apartment in NYC, early 1968
Track 115. Beginnings (instrumental with Mitch Mitchell ) 5.31m (9.0MB)
Electric Lady; New York City, NY, 6-16-70 and/or 7-1-70

Disc 2 [54.22m]
Track 201. Little Miss Strange (Band) 2.59m (4.8MB)
Record Plant; New York City, NY, 4-22-68

Track 202. South Saturn Delta (Solo instrumental) 3.32m (5.6MB)
Track 203. Three Little Bears (Solo instrumental) 2.16m (3.6MB)
Track 204. Gypsy Eyes (Solo instrumental) 2.42m (4.3MB)
Track 205. 1983… A Merman I Should Be (Solo instrumental) 4.36m (7.3MB)
Track 206. Gypsy Eyes excerpt (Solo instrumental) 0.46m (1.2MB)
Jimi’s Apartment; New York City, NY 1968)

Track 207. Drifting 1 (instrumental) 3.37m (5.8MB)
Track 208. Drifting 2 (instrumental) 1.32m (2.5MB)
Electric Lady; New York City, NY, 6 or 7-70

Track 209. Look Over Yonder (Unreleased Version 1968) 2.57m (4.7MB)
Olympic Sound; London, England) 5-4-67)

Track 210. Send My Love To You, Linda (Unreleased Version 1968) 1.33m (2.5MB)
Track 211. Drifting  3.38m (5.8MB)
Electric Lady; New York City, NY, 6 or 7-70

Track 212.Belly Button Window (instrumental w Band)  5.09m (8.2MB)
Electric Lady; New York City, NY 7-23-70

Track 213. Freedom 4.18m (6.9MB)
Track 214. Cherokee Mist w In From The Storm/ Valleys Of Neptune (instrumental) 6.34m (10.5MB)
Electric Lady; New York City, NY, 6 or 7-70

Track 215. Instrumental (Valleys Of Neptune?) 4.28m (7.2MB)
Track 216. untitled acoustic jam 3.26m (5.5MB)

Info on dates and venues from

* The omitted tracks were released on the CD, Jimi By Himself: The Home Recordings. This CD came together with the book, Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend Of Jimi Hendrix (Berkshire).

Advance reports suggest the new Jimi Hendrix boxset, West Coast Seattle Boy, will be loaded with outtakes, demos and what not that collectors and serious fans will want. Click on the link to order your copy now.


  2. I remember seeing this one for sale and passing on it because i figured it would kill my player..thanks..

    By sluggo on Sep 29, 2010

  3. Great stuff. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

    By Ty Clark on Sep 29, 2010

  4. I have an original and an old single disc Technics that will play it. Not sure why the other boot tracks, besides the Home Recordings were omitted.

    By betting turtle on Sep 30, 2010

  5. Thanks, Phil, and Thank you BigO :)

    By tony on Sep 30, 2010

  6. it good

    By Happy Jap on Sep 30, 2010

  7. Mahalo Nui!!

    By Diane on Sep 30, 2010

  8. too many songs omitted that are practically not available.
    but the rest is cool.

    By Walter on Oct 1, 2010

  9. I too am glad you decided to send it. Thank You

    By the groover on Oct 1, 2010

  10. Walter,

    The book that had the “Jimi By Himself” CD is deleted, but used & new copies are available at

    By Philip Cohen on Oct 1, 2010

  11. I never heard of this rather odd release. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    By Matt on Oct 29, 2010

  12. WOW!!! I had the first disc for awhile, and I don’t know whether the second one was not available, or if I missed out on it and forgot it was 2 discs…

    But this is great! Although, to be “technical,” a LOT on here is NOT acoustic, but most IS him alone, working out the details. Always love collections like this, where you can somewhat get an idea how the creative process works…

    By Jdunaway65 on Nov 14, 2010

  13. thought that if anyone hasnt seen this.. theyd appreciate it -

    By darth on Feb 6, 2014

  14. thought that if anyone hasnt seen this.. theyd appreciate it -

    wrong…i would appreciate it if you would disappear tho.

    By pablopeephole on Feb 6, 2014

  15. all calmed down now Darth? Going to give it two or three days before you rant again as per your usual history?

    By pablopeephole on Feb 6, 2014

  16. u dont know if im wrong. u cant speak for everyone. stop trying to. im not disappearing. i will continue to post what i wish. i am always calm. i dont rant. i respond accordingly.

    By darth on Feb 6, 2014

  17. im im i i i i i.
    wow 7 references to himself in 7 short sentences. a record ?

    By pablopeephole on Feb 6, 2014

  18. if youre references are to me and what u feel about me and my postings why wouldnt u expect me to use me myself and i in my responses? i dont understand. what point are u trying to make? youre not making any sense here.

    By darth on Feb 6, 2014

  19. i dont understand. what point are u trying to make?

    the same point EVERYONE makes..its always all about U.
    grow up.

    By pablopeephole on Feb 6, 2014

  20. but if u keep commenting and making it about me.. dont u expect me to respond accordingly? its your fault. dont blame me. im not talking to u first about me. youre talking to me about me. im responding to u. dont u get it? youre making it about me. why is this so hard for u to understand? if u dont have something to say about my postings every time i post then its over. period. in other words…

    By darth on Feb 6, 2014

  21. Thanks for the great post.

    By reasonforbeing on Mar 6, 2014

  22. There seems to be a certain amount of confusion here, some people are still using the comment box to thank either the person who kindly shared this wonderful music or to thank BigO for taking the time and effort to maintain this blog for our benefit.

    Music fans eh ! bless ‘em.

    By GMAL on Mar 6, 2014

  23. Too many omitted tracks… Honestly, if something is released commercially, but later taken out of print, then what is the freakin’ problem??

    If it’s no longer officially in print (which seems to happen a lot with omitted tracks here) there’s really no reason to not restore the tracks. Even if there are still some copies floating around out there.

    By Guy Smiley on Mar 7, 2014

  24. I can appreciate the fact that you are trying to keep the copy write police at bay, but it really screws with the continuity of the overall recording when you have to “omit” tracks. Especially so many of them. Just my two cents…..
    And also…..
    Nice job handling the comments above darth. They certainly don’t speak for everybody and I don’t know about where you are, but in these United Snakes Of America we still have freedom of speech. At least for this week… Post whatever the hell you want. If it bothers some people, sounds like a personal problem to me.
    People, people, people…comments in internet chat rooms are a lot like television. If you don’t like what you see, turn it off and go do something else. It’s actually very easy.

    And a good time was had by all……

    By Rev. Bob on Mar 7, 2014

  25. ^well rev bob…you had to go & say that about Darth…great give mr ego a bigger ego than he already has…just great…

    wait around long enough you will see & bear witness to it…

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 7, 2014

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