The Jimi Hendrix clearing house continues as Experience Hendrix/UME has set an Oct. 14 release date for the CD and limited-edition double-LP “The Jimi Hendrix Experience — Live At Berkeley (The Second Set).” The recording stems from a 1970 performance that has long been partially available on VHS; a DVD version of the concert mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound will be released Sept. 16.
The hour-long DVD draws material from the two sets of a May 30, 1970, concert played by the Experience at Berkeley, Calif.’s Community Theater. Staged less than four months before Hendrix’s death, the show features the legendary guitarist augmented by longtime drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox. Original Experience bassist Noel Redding had quit the band in June 1969.
Highlights of the film include performances of “Purple Haze,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and an extended take on Hendrix’s Vietnam war epic “Machine Gun.” Other cuts include a cover of “Johnny B. Goode,” “Hear My Train a Comin’,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “I Don’t Live Today,” “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)” and “Lover Man.”
The CD/LP release will feature the second set of the performance in its entirety, cutting “Johnny B. Goode” and “Hear My Train a Comin'” from the film version and adding performances of “Foxey Lady,” “Hey Joe,” “Pass It On (Straight Ahead)” and “Stone Free.”