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The Jimi Hendrix Experience only recorded for the BBC over a two-year period, and from the tracks assembled on this two-disc set, it sounds like their on-air appearances were a constant struggle between what the Beeb wanted--for them to play their songs and be done--and what Jimi wanted, which was to mess with whatever it was the Beeb wanted. Sometimes, that took the form of jamming (as on two tracks with Stevie Wonder improbably playing drums); sometimes, it was peculiar covers (like "Day Tripper" and "Sunshine of Your Love"). Jimi's playing is, of course, impeccable, though the sonics of the set leave something to be desired, and it gets a bit repetitive--three versions of "Hey Joe"? --Douglas Wolk
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The energy and inspiration level is evident and the set contains one of the band's all time greatest efforts, Drivin' South. One of the band's few instrumentals, this track (3 versions to choose from) has the propulsive power of a jet engine.
The sound, mastered by Eddie Kramer, is superior to that of the single CD set released many years ago, which avoided duplication but also left out many great takes.
The set finishes with the great Lulu show rebellion, where the band decided to abort Hey Joe and do Sunshine of Your Love instead, on live TV. Apparently the producers had kittens because the show ran over time.
Other gems include Hoochie Coochie Man with Alexis Korner and a jam with Stevie Wonder on drums. The band is firing and the often under-rated support from Mitchell and Redding is first class: one reason this was such a great band.
Also the 'teeth' from the centre of the CD case (that hold the CD in position) crumbled when removing the CD for the very first time, but that's a separate less important moan
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