Jimi Hendrix

The Singles Collection

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The stream of Jimi Hendrix reissues continued with the 2003 release in the U.K. of The Singles Collection, a lavishly packaged collection of ten compact discs, each representing a Hendrix single housed in its own picture sleeve, just like the original 7"s. All these tunes have been officially released already, though not necessarily in this form. Several of the singles are presented in the original mono sound for the first time on compact disc, and though they aren't radically different, there are subtle differences that would interest collectors. "Stepping Stone" appears for the first time in its original single mix (except for the long deleted Kiss the Sky compilation, but that's another story), as the version that appeared on First Rays of the New Rising Sun contained additional overdubs. The packaging is great and so is the sound, but what exactly is this collection trying to accomplish? If it were a complete singles collection, it should have included the "Johnny B. Goode"/"Little Wing" single and the "Changes"/"Message to Love" single (both pictured inside the booklet). If it was meant to merely cover the singles released in Jimi's lifetime, then the "Dolly Dagger"/"Night Bird Flying" single should not have been included as it was never released, nor should the Christmas medley as it was only pressed in the '70s as a radio promo. It's a lack of attention to details like that that leaves something of a bad "cash-in" taste in one's mouth regarding this box set. Collectors will be happy to have some of these versions available in Eddie Kramer's fabulous remastered sound, but peeved that this isn't a complete singles collection. That and the fact that this totals just over 80 minutes of music means you should be pretty serious about your Hendrix collection before dropping a pretty penny on this one.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:30
2 3:36

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:45
2 3:15

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:21
2 3:38

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:20
2 3:41

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:27
2 3:42

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:14
2 3:30
3 3:59

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:19
2 2:49

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 0:54
2 3:51
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