Rated 4 out of 5★ by 3reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5★ by mccflo99 Inferior Versions Of Already Released Songs-Avoid This is a very disappointing release that is FAR from â€ś12 new studio recordingsâ€ť as being advertised by Experience Hendrix. Almost all of these songs have been released in far superior versions on readily available retail releases. They have duplicated multiple songs from the Valleys Of Neptune album they put out just a couple of years ago also, including the second single from that album!To Casual Fans â€“ Avoid this release completely. If you are a casual fan of Jimi Hendrix, this release is going to be sorely disappointing to you as almost all of theses songs have been released in superior versions on other retail releases. Additionally, this collection is not a fair representation as to the quality of Jimiâ€™s studio material. Go with Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold As Love, Electric Ladyland, or First Rays Of The New Rising Sun.To Completists â€“ Obviously a must-have, but be prepared to be disappointed in order to add this â€śnew studio album,â€ť to your collections when hearing some of the amateur cut and paste jobs on Jimiâ€™s vocals, leaving them off beat in some songs (Somewhere, Crash Landing, etc.). Experience Hendrix created a sub-label called Dagger Records many years ago, which they use to release albums of alternate versions of songs, demos, and songs that didnâ€™t have a place on mainstream studio albums. This album belongs on that label as a release for Jimi Hendrix completists only.This is a pretty low cash-grab on the part of Experience Hendrix. In fact, Eddie Kramer, head producer on the project was interviewed on video by Harmony Central after mixing this album down and said â€śthis is the, HOPEFULLY [emphasis added by Kramer], the last of all the studio albums,â€ť which seems to imply he is being coerced in some capacity by Janie Hendrix to arrange inferior albums like this in order to fulfill contractual obligations to Sony. Pretty clear he didnâ€™t want to publicize a collection like this as a studio album, because itâ€™s not. They are duplicating songs that were on the â€śnew studioâ€ť album they released just a couple of years ago (Valleys of Neptune), including that album's second single (Bleeding Heart)! And inferior versions of these songs at that.I was critical of their last release Valleys of Neptune, but still have it 3 stars out of 5 because it did contain some new music. However, this release is just shameful. This is a collection of nearly all alternate (and inferior) versions of songs that have already been released. There is so much duplication against their recent releases and songs that pale in contrast to their already released versions, that itâ€™s clear whatâ€™s going on here: Experience Hendrix (Janie Hendrix) is doing everything they can to fulfill the 10 album deal they inked with Sony a few years back and it appears they are trying to slip by far inferior quality material and advertise it as â€śnew studio recordingsâ€ť to do so. Thatâ€™s right; they are now contractually obligated to release 10 albums of â€śnew material.â€ť They have released Valleys of Neptune, Live In Cologne, the West Coast Seattle Boy box-set, the Winterland box-set, and now this release. That means theyâ€™re only half way to fulfilling this 10 album deal, so this is probably only the beginning of a string of horrid releases like this.Additionally, itâ€™s important to note that there is still some good music contained on this album, but itâ€™s not a studio album as advertised, not even close. This is a disjointed collection of demos, alternate takes, jam sessions & rehearsals, already released songs, instrumentals, and tracks that werenâ€™t even Hendrix songs, but rather tracks he guest appeared on only playing guitar â€“ All inferior to their already released counterparts. If released as an â€śalternate versionsâ€ť collection or as a disc in a rarities box set, this would be a real gem and Hendrix completists like me would be happy to purchase an accurately billed release, aside from the few tracks that have horrible timing issues due to amateurish â€ścut & pasteâ€ť jobs on Jimiâ€™s vocals. However, the advertising of this being a â€śnew studio album,â€ť is going to do nothing but alienate many would be Jimi fans when they hear the inferior quality of these recordings and think thatâ€™s how Jimiâ€™s â€śstudioâ€ť material sounds.Iâ€™m being very generous in giving this album two stars despite of the inferior versions of already released songs included on this album, and the amateurish (and off beat) pasting of Jimiâ€™s vocals into many of the songs. 03/04/2013
Rated 5 out of 5★ by kgoodrich85 A must have for the Hendrix lover Not a bunch of unfinished or hard to hear songs like on some "lost song albums" you here from other artist, all complete all great. Rock on Jimi, Rock on 03/20/2013