Jimi Hendrix

Swedish Adventure

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Unless you're truly a completist, this is a Jimi Hendrix bootleg to pass on -- not because of Hendrix's performances (which are excellent), but because of the inferior sound quality. This 78-minute CD, which the illicit Dandelion Records put out in 1999, focuses on a September 4, 1967 show at the Stora Scenen in Stockholm, Sweden. Dandelion includes two sets from the same night back to back, which is why Swedish Adventure contains two performances of "Purple Haze" and "Hey, Joe" (although "Foxy Lady," "The Wind Cries Mary," "Fire," and B.B. King's "Rock Me, Baby" are only heard once). Hendrix, who is joined by Noel Redding on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums, tears it up on the guitar; unfortunately, however, his vocals are often difficult to hear. While Hendrix's superb guitar playing is right up front, his singing is often plagued by an inadequate microphone. Consequently, there are times when Swedish Adventure might as well be an instrumental album. Again, this is a CD to acquire only if you're a diehard completist.