30/09/2012

Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix In The West

hendrix - LP In the west - Polydor UK (09-2012).jpghendrix - LP In the west - Barclay - FR - 12-1971.jpgHendrix (b. Johnny Allen Hendrix renamed at age 4 James Marshall Hendrix, Nov.27, 1942, Seattle, WA-Sept.18, 1970, St. Mary Abbot's hospital , Kensington, London, at 11.45 a.m. (after leaving the tragic message "I need help bad, man" on Chas Chandler's answering machine, Jimi is pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.)

December 1966: The first Jimi Hendrix Experience single, a cover of The Leaves hit [Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go, 1965] (althought Hendrix prefers Tim Rose's version [Hey Joe (You Shot Your Woman Down, 1967)]), Hey Joe, is released on Polydor after being rejected by DECCA.

Sept 28: Pathologist Professor Donald Teale reports death is due to inhalation of vomit due to barbiturate intoxication.

Oct 1: Hendrix is buried in the Greenwood cemetery at the Dunlap Baptist church, where his aunt played organ during his childhood, in his hometown of Seattle, with fellow musicians i.a Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Johnny Winter, Jim Gordon, Eric Burdon and Buddy Miles in attendance. 

Feb 1972: Hendrix In The West, a collection of live performances, recorded at the Berkeley Community Center, San Diego Sports Arena and the Isle of Wight Festival, highlighted by a version of Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode which makes UK #35, hits UK #7 in the album chart and US#12 (Pop and R&B charts). It is assembled by producer Alan Douglas which includes The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Jimi was performing the title track in concert, first for an audience that included Harrison and McCartney, who where very impressed by his unique version of their song and his ability to learn it so quickly.) Personnel: Jimi Hendrix - gtr, vcls; Mitch Mitchell, drums and Billy Cox, bs. http://youtu.be/e8HCHIDXyXs (Sgt. Pepper)

References inter alia : UK Polydor 2302 018, 12/1971 - IT/GER 2310 161, 12/1971 - NL 2485 116, 12/1971 - FR Barclay XBLY 80 448, 12/1971 - US/CAN Reprise Records MS 2049, 12/1971 - SWE/AUS 2310 161, 01/1972 - Barclay Europe 80448, August 1978.

 

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