Jimi Hendrix - In the West 1970 (1978)
Artist/Composer Jimi Hendrix
Format CD-R
Genre Rock
Label Polydor
Index 659
In Collection Yes
Packaging Jewel Case
Drums and Percussion Mitch Mitchell
Guitar-Electric Jimi Hendrix
Vocals Jimi Hendrix
Engineer Abe Jacob
Producer Eddie Kramer
Producer John Jansen
Track List
01 Johnny B. Goode
02 Lover Man
03 Blue Suede Shoes
04 Voodoo Chile
05 The Queen
06 Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
07 Little Wing
08 Red House
Price 0.00 €
Spars DDD
Rare No
Sound Stereo
AMG REVIEW: Before the Alan Douglas era set in with that after-the-fact producer's vision for the Jimi Hendrix catalog of music on albums like 1975's Crash Landing and Midnight Lightning, manager Michael Jeffery had engineers Eddie Kramer and John Jansen develop compilations after 1971's The Cry of Love, those being the Rainbow Bridge Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (actually, studio tracks and a cut from the May 30, 1970 Berkeley Community Center concert) and this quick follow-up, Hendrix in the West at the end of 1971/early 1972. With a version of "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and the traditional British National Anthem, "The Queen," culled from the Isle of Wight concert (but not the single-disc 1971 Polydor Isle of Wight release); "Lover Man," "Johnny B. Goode," and "Blue Suede Shoes" from the Berkeley Community Center concert (the "Johnny B. Goode" track would be re-released the next year along with "Purple Haze" from the Berkeley concert on Reprise Records' Sound Track Recordings From the Film Jimi Hendrix); and "Red House," "Little Wing," and "Voodoo Chile" from the San Diego Sports Arena, this album strangely works. Maybe because it is Jimi Hendrix and his music somehow had the ability to rise above all the mutations his performances would endure in the years after his passing. The Jim Marshall photos are beautiful, and the seamless production by Eddie Kramer and John Jansen makes for a commercial and interesting mixture of the two versions of the Jimi Hendrix Experience: Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding from the San Diego Sports Arena, and Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox from both Isle of Wight and the Berkeley Community Center. Author Steven Roby gives a clear explanation of how this album developed on page 171 of his book Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix, citing engineer Eddie Kramer and manager Michael Jeffery's ideas for the project. Roby's book also states that material on this release came from England's Royal Albert Hall, but that information is not on the liner notes. It's an interesting release for the fans in the immediate time after the loss of Hendrix, and a guilty pleasure for purists years after the fact. — Joe Viglione