Jimi Hendrix

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The best thing going for this disc is its packaging, which is a little CD sized metal tin, with an illustration of Jimi Hendrix in a Native American-type fringed jacket. Once you get over the novelty value, however, the packaging even becomes a bit of an annoyance since the disc rattles around inside. The songs on this release must come from a time when Jimi was just getting started, since his role here is mostly supportive backing vocals and rhythm guitar. It isn't until the fourth song, "Whipper," that one can be sure this is really Hendrix, and it isn't until the second to last track, "Voices in the Wind," that we really get to hear him rip it up. Folks, there's a reason that some of this stuff only gets released by a bootleg label like Dog'n'Roll out of Florence. Unless you're some kind of fanatic, don't even consider this album. If you've just got to have it, well, at least you know what you're going to get.