BRENDAN H. from SANTA CRUZ, CA Reviewed on 5/12/2010...
sound quality blows chunks.
i mean, come on, jimi needed studio-peppering on his vocals, he was no singer, even he admitted that. so please, old hippies, or now possibly know-it-all-rich-corporate-pig-yuppies, be honest, like he was -- only exaggerate your knowledge of wine (in an effort to betray your thoroughly middle class roots that you despise to the level of insult to the parents who struggled to send you to yuppie-college to beat this level).
pulease, this is an attempt by the corporate record companies to raise 'lumburg's' stock a 1/4 point by reissuing anything 'jimi'. cha-ching.
save your bread and buy a studio album which you probably already own. and spend your bread an new artist - come one haven't corporate record gotten rich enuf off of jimi and selling you the same old catalog over and over in repackaged for for decades?!
give a new artist or band a chance. buy something new! buying this only supports the corporate monster and cheating a new possibly deserving artist.
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Typo-typer | 08/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the ultimate Hendrix box set. It contains about four hours of live material. The following concerts: Stockholm '67, Paris '68, San Diego '69 and Atlanta '70 are each presented in full and also in very good sonic quality. Each one is a jaw-dropping performance, to say the least. There's one from each year he toured, you can sort of get an idea of how Jimi's stage-approach changed from when he started touring as the "Jimi Hendrix Experience" to when he was calling his band the "Cry of Love Band." All these concerts were put out of print when the Hendrix family took control of all the Jimi Hendrix material in the mid-90s and formed the MCA "Experience Hendrix LLC." The people in charge decided that there were too many CDs already in print and many misrepresented the material. Especially the various releases of studio cuts, like Midnight Lightning and Voodoo Soup where some of the songs had posthumously overdubbed drum and bass parts for some reason. Therefore, they put all the Hendrix CDs out of print to start with a clean catalogue. So far, we've seen them release Jimi's concerts from Woodstock, Fillmore East (only a selection from all four shows albeit, but a good selection), Isle of Wight, a more complete BBC Sessions, the second set of Berkeley (why not the first set? nobody knows) and of course the studio material: South Saturn Delta and First Rays. The concerts that they put out of print will be released later (it's not a question of "if"), but as it is, Hendrix fans must buy this stuff used. On the other hand, you can buy new copies of many rare Hendrix comcerts, mail order, from daggerecords.com and purplehazerecords.com (even the Stockholm concert from Stages). Stages can be had for anywhere between forty and sixty dollars on ebay or Amazon. Amazon sellers are charging too much currently."
Great Overview of Jimi's Career
D. Mitchell | Palo Alto, CA USA | 01/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The idea behind this box set was to take four similar concerts, one from each year he toured between '67 and '70. This gives the listener the opportunity to see how Jimi and the band changed the songs over the years. The set lists don't exactly match, but have a fair amount of overlap. The '69 and '70 shows are the best with jimi and the band playing great. The sound quality is good on all of the shows. I wouldn't recommend this as a first purchase for Jimi material, but for any fan it's worth having."
Great 'live' reckoner for anyone interested in Jimi
littlewing | Mumbai India | 04/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The 4 CD boxset shows the remarkable growth of a remarkable talent. He recorded for a mere 4 years - yet few artistes have had such an astonishing influence and impact.
The first 2 cds(Stockholm 67, Paris 68) capture the experience in all their early euphoria. CDs 3 & 4 - San Diego 69 and Atlanta 70 (the latter with Billy Cox replacing Noel Redding on bass), are much better as live recordings. The band here really cooks with blistering versions of older songs and some great new songs.
If you want to experience live Hendrix, then stages is as good a place to start as any."
Holy smokes! Jimi live in 4 well recorded shows. Yummy.
Chris bct | San Diego, CA USA | 02/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was lucky, in a sense, I bought the cassette version of this set years ago. It made a great box set then and would still be lovely if it was still in print. I see the price for this CD set gets kinda high. A shame cuz the music is a real treasure.
Stockholm 67 Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Fire The Wind Cries Mary Foxy Lady I Don't Live Today Buring of the Midnight Lamp Purple Haze
Paris 68 Killin' Floor Catfish Blues Foxy Lady Red House Drivin South The Wind Cries Mary Fire Little Wing Purple Haze
San Diego 69 Intro riffs Fire Hey Joe Spanish Castle Magic/ Sunshine of Your Love Red House I Don't Live Today Purple Haze Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Atlanta 70 Fire Lover Man Spanish Castle Magic Foxy Lady Purple Haze Hear My Train a Comin Stone Free Start Spangled Banner Straight Ahead Room Full of Mirrors Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Nice packaging with pictures and commentary.
Four shows from four different years. Great idea. I'm pleased that the Jimi Hendrix estate is continuing to officially release more and more of his music. He apparently did recording of his shows and his many jam sessions after shows with other musicians. He also recorded a lot of studio material that never got released.
One of the tricks to Jimi gigs is to find well recorded ones. Those who originally released this set were able to use well recorded shows and, I assume, clean them up so that they make for a great listen. If you get the chance, I highly recommend this set. For any Jimi fan it's a must. As you probably know, he was one of those artists who was both strong in the studio as well as dynamic live. This set gives you hours of proof of what he could do live. Yup. email@example.com"
A Whole Lot of Hendrix in One Little Blue Box
Andy | 07/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A little background about "Stages". While Jimi was alive he worked briefly with a producer named Alan Douglas. Nothing much came of their work together. After Jimi's death in the fall of '70, (and later Jimi's manager Michael Jeffery's death in '73) the Hendrix family often turned to Alan Douglas to help pull together Jimi's "loose ends" of music that had never seen release. This Stages collection was overseen by Douglas in '90-'91. Whatever else history says about his other Hendrix-related efforts, I believe he did a good job of finding quality recordings from 4 different years that are not only very well recorded, but also show a lot of variety and creativity in Jimi and the band. If you buy a Stages set be sure it has all the booklets for the great concert set notes in each one.
'67 in Stockholm finds the band still pretty fresh in the music business and obviously not wearied by the road as they'd later become. I have heard some poor recordings of Jimi from Scandinavia. This one is very good quality for the time, and is easy to listen to. Many of Jimi's greatest hits are here including a couple that weren't always heard in concerts later on - the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" (contemporaries of Jimi during his debut in England) and Jimi's "Burning of the Midnight Lamp". Jimi is conversant with the audience if not a little bit shy.
'68 in Paris is a favorite of mine. The band is much more, shall we say "randy"; chatting up the audience, joking with each other, and playing loose. Among a 9-song stellar set, you'll find an excellent version of Muddy Waters' "Catfish Blues" (later to become Jimi's Voodoo Chile on Electric Ladyland) A stomping "Foxy Lady", a simmering "Red House" with Noel playing the bass on a borrowed 6-string Les Paul guitar of Keith Richards', and a very loose fun instrumental; "Drivin' South", seldom heard live. One of my favorites is "Little Wing" with a beautiful and extended, 30-bar, end solo by Jimi.
'69 in San Diego is classic "big arena" Jimi. The crowd was rowdy and Jimi did his best to calm things down; pointing out all the men in blue to the audience and joking with them between songs. This is a greatest hits set, but Jimi opens it up by the 5th song in a long and fiery "Red House". For my money, the last number in the set, "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" is utterly amazing. Jimi pulls out the stops in a soaring solo and as the band is settling into the final verse, there is a rush of people below him surging toward the stage toppling chairs and each other. He calls out, mid-song, for everyone to calm down. Nevertheless the band somehow played on and the intensity of the moment is felt in the music. The sound quality of this recording is exceptional.
Lastly, 1970 in Atlanta. This was the 4th of July and a huge crowd - tens of thousands in very hot weather - for an outdoor festival show. I feel like you can hear the strain of touring in Jimi's voice. You also know that the band was breaking up. I think Billy Cox is on bass here as Noel Redding had left to stay in England. I understand this was a late set at night and despite the poor conditions - heat, huge crowd, strain of travel, Jimi wishing he was back in the studio, etc. the band pulls it off, ending with "Voodoo Child" and makes a hasty retreat into the night, sadly never to return. Standout tracks for me; a great treatment of "Hear My Train a Comin', a very fast-paced, actually danceable "Stone Free", and the inclusion of two songs that never made it to albums in Jimi's lifetime - "Straight Ahead" and a country-flavored (!) "Room Full of Mirrors". R.I.P. Jimi! c.Andy O'Neill: Used with permission only"