If the aggressive excavation of the Hendrix archive and the resultant glut of product feels unseemly, if not risible – ol’ Jimi’s pretty prolific for a dead dude, huh? – a session with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, the latest four CD grab bag of outtakes and live recordings (most of them previously unreleased), just may change your derisive sneer to a grin of pleasure. Granted, almost everything here, from ”Purple Haze” to ”The Star-Spangled Banner,” is available elsewhere in one incarnation or another.
Yet these songs are so durable, and the differences between these and preexistent versions so irresistible (dig that snarling, punky solo on ”Little Wing”!), that before long you’ve fallen under their spell once more. Naysayers may carp that this is just one more instance of cynical corporate marketeering, but… what the hell: It’s a Jimi thing – you wouldn’t understand.