Jimi Hendrix

Sunshine of Your Love [Laser Light]

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This CD is a rather strange version of a bootleg that virtually every Jimi Hendrix fan has already. Essentially it's a cleaner-sounding version -- for the most part -- of the notorious Woke Up This Morning and Found Myself Dead boot that has been circulating since the late '70s, with a pair of bonus tracks attached. This now all but ubiquitous bootleg is from a club gig where Hendrix jammed with Johnny Winter, and includes some "vocal" appearances by a very drunk Jim Morrison, who was deeply into his delusional role as the king of sex that evening. The two guitarists run through most of this program somewhat reticently. They sound self-conscious and overly polite with one another. In other words, this is no cutting session, and it seldom gets above the level of informal jam sessions where some ideas get exchanged, but mostly it's a party gig. It's nice to hear Winter and Hendrix playing the blues tunes together, as on Elmore James' "Bleeding Heart," but this one in particular kinda gets trashed by Morrison's awful harmonica playing. The stone highlight here is the cover of "Sunshine of Your Love," which is ragged as hell but fun. The two bonus cuts are from Hendrix's sessions with guitarist Lonnie Youngblood. Since both are studio performances their sound is a tad better, but it's also obvious these are either run-throughs or demos. Hardcore fans should already have this; for punters only casually interested in Hendrix, avoid this.

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