Monday, October 17, 2011

The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Winterland

"On Thursday, October 10th, 1968, Jimi Hendrix walked onstage with his Experience, bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell, for the opening set of a long weekend at Winterland in San Francisco. The trio would play six sold-out shows over three nights at the 5400-capacity hall, originally built in 1928 as an ice-skating rink and turned into the city's biggest psychedelic ballroom by Fillmore impresario Bill Graham. There would be guest jammers -- bassist Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane on the 10th and flautist Virgil Gonsalves and saxman-organist Herbie Rich from the Buddy Miles Express, one of the opening acts, on the 11th. And Hendrix would rotate eighteen different songs through his set lists. Amid the hits and road standards from his 1967 debut, Are You Experienced? -- 'Red House,' 'Foxey Lady,' 'Purple Haze' -- were a furious, rarely aired 'Manic Depression,' the concise rapture of 'Little Wing' from 1968's Axis: Bold as Love and thrilling previews of 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return)' ..." (CD notes by David Fricke).
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