Jimi Hendrix

'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: Live at the L.A. Forum 4-5-70

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Back when LPs were still the music industry's dominant format, one quick way to grab a collector's attention was with colored vinyl. This Jimi Hendrix bootleg was considered special because one of its two LPs was pressed on red vinyl, while the other was pressed on blue vinyl. Perhaps the bootlegger, which called itself Collector's Edition, thought that colored vinyl would make up for inferior sound quality -- and make no mistake, this double LP won't exactly win over any audiophiles. Obviously, the person who taped 'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky at the L.A. Forum on April 5, 1970, used a mono home recorder, making this a bootleg that only a die-hard collector would be interested in. But despite the poor sound quality, many collectors won't want to pass up Hendrix's inspired performances of such favorites as "Foxy Lady," "Purple Haze," "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)," and "Spanish Castle Magic." An extended performance of "Room Full of Mirrors" is excessively long-winded, but because Hendrix was such a phenomenal musician and hired such impressive sidemen, one can easily forgive his occasional excesses. It's regrettable that this bootleg has lousy sound quality, for Hendrix's set -- excesses and all -- is a prime example of musical genius at work.