In The West
Label: Legacy Recordings
Released in 1972, two years after Jimi Hendrix's death, In the West is a fine collection of live recordings that date from 1969 and '70. This was a period of personnel transition for the guitarist. The original Experience appears on just three tracks: "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," "Little Wing" and "Red House." For the rest, his old pal Billy Cox has replaced original bassist Noel Redding. The music is excellent all around, particularly the stretch between "I Don't Live Today" and "Spanish Castle Magic." It probably goes without saying, Hendrix totally tears it up on these jams.