Jimi Hendrix was known for his incredible style of on the cuff composition and his passion for performance, in his all to short but brilliant career, he provided us with a legacy of music that would still be as vibrant today as it was when he recorded each track. The Winterland albums are drawn from six stellar shows recorded over three days (October 10, 11 and 12, 1968) at San Francisco’s historic Winterland Ballroom. These special performances celebrated the two-year anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and came just as the groundbreaking album Electric Ladyland was released.
Winterland presents some of Hendrix’s most spectacular guitar work and the four CD set (also available as eight 12″ vinyl LPs) is filled with rare live versions of classic songs such as “Manic Depression”, “Are You Experienced?”, “Tax Free” and “Little Wing” that are not part of any other Sony Legacy release. Fans will also enjoy Hendrix’s dramatic interpretations of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” and Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor” [with the Experience joined by Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady] as well as his rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” which has been selected as the lead track for this special release.
The Winterland deluxe box set features never-before-released music from each of the six unforgettable Winterland performances. The new standard and deluxe editions of Winterland are markedly different from a single disc compilation, long out of print, that was briefly issued by Rykodisc in 1987 and 1988.
The Winterland deluxe edition also presents a rare interview with Hendrix recorded backstage at the Boston Garden a few weeks after the Winterland performances. This interview allows us to hear Jimi Hendrix in his own voice and words wax poetic about his life and his music, a unique window into Hendrix’s views and future direction of his music.
The deluxe edition also features a 36-page booked filled with previously unpublished images by acclaimed photographers Robert Knight, Allen Tannenbaum and Jim Marshall, as well as an essay by noted Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke.