Jimi Hendrix

Jamming Live at the Scene Club, NYC

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Jamming Live at the Scene Club, NYC is an uneven seven-song bootleg featuring the Jimi Hendrix Experience during a two-night stand in July 1967. Coming off headlining six dates at the Filmore West in San Francisco, the Experience runs through originals like "Woke Up This Morning and Find Yourself Dead" with an assured recklessness. With Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell deftly holding the groove, Hendrix plays his blues-based runs, sustained feedback shrills, and whammy bar dive-bombs over top before falling back lock step into the groove on "Outside Women Blues." Tight and inspired, the band missteps on a rambling and disjointed jam of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's "Tomorrow Never Knows" and their own "Uranus Rock," which feature Jim Morrison falling down, mumbling, and shouting obscenities the whole time. Hendrix saves his best work for a 12-minute rendition of "Red House," favoring restraint and interjecting some soul in-between his squawks and multiple hammer-ons. The sound quality is a little inconsistent and trebly, with Hendrix's guitar notably louder than anything else in the mix. While not offering the same musical milestones as Hendrix's performance at Woodstock or with the Band of Gypsys live album, this bootleg is interesting because it records for posterity two '60s icons on stage and the ensuing hilarity.

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