Unlike the soundtrack to the movie Janis Joplin, which -- most unfortunately -- contained studio versions of songs performed in the film but not the actual live takes from the motion picture; this 1973 double-LP from Reprise/Warner Brothers has the actual music from the celluloid. The liner notes to Sound Track Recordings From the Film Jimi Hendrix note that the film contains "all the performances included in this album," so there are none of the substitutions that Joplin fans would encounter two years hence. There's a plethora of interviews in the actual film, Eddie Kramer, Lou Reed, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, and many others, while this soundtrack album -- interestingly enough -- contains "some of the same individuals interviewed in the film but (not) necessarily taken directly from the film." Making it a definite collectors item. As for the music, four tracks are from the Monterey Festival in June of 1967, "Johnny B. Goode" and "Purple Haze" come from Berkeley California, May 30, 1970, "Machine Gun II" is from the Band of Gypsies recorded December 31, 1969, with material also from Woodstock and the Isle of Wight festivals. There's also a "Hear My Train A-Comin'" taped in London, 1967 by Jimi using a 12-string guitar. Twenty-four photographs inside the LP gatefold, and a Nigel Waymouth illustration of the musician sitting on a stool gracing the front cover give the document added value for collectors. When released in 1973 it was difficult to find some of this material, though most -- if not all of it -- has surfaced via the fine work of the Experience Hendrix corporation. The interviews do make it extra special, and right now, it is the only LP to legitimately have the voices of both Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix -- though Little Richard is here in interview form. Not to be confused with the British film soundtracks Experience and More Experience, released in 1971 and 1972 respectively.
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AllMusic Review by Joe Viglione