Live at Berkeley

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Live at Berkeley
Live album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Released September 16, 2003
Recorded May 30, 1970 at the Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, California, USA
Genre Psychedelic rock, acid rock, blues rock
Length 67:47
Label MCA
Producer Abe Jacob
The Jimi Hendrix Experience chronology
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Jimi Hendrix
Live at Berkeley
The Singles Collection
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC Music (favourable)[1]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[2]

Live at Berkeley is a posthumous live album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience released on September 16, 2003. The album documents the band's second performance at the Berkeley Community Theatre on May 30, 1970.

After the Band of Gypsys split up, Jimi's manager, Michael Jeffery, wanted to reunite the original Experience. He announced the re-formation of the Experience, and set up an interview with Rolling Stone magazine (with interviewer John Burks) on March 19, 1970. Two weeks later, Jimi decided, stating that he did not want to work with bassist Noel Redding anymore. So with drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox, the trio formed the new Jimi Hendrix Experience, also known as The Cry of Love, and at this particular concert pushed the boundaries with works-in-progress including embryonic versions of what would become "Straight Ahead" and "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)". Hendrix didn't tune his guitar down a half step as he usually did at all other shows and on most of his albums. Instead, he stayed in standard tuning.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.

  1. "Introduction" - 1:47
  2. "Pass It On (Straight Ahead)" - 6:58
  3. "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)" - 6:07
  4. "Lover Man" - 2:59
  5. "Stone Free" – 4:08
  6. "Hey Joe" - 4:49 (Billy Roberts)
  7. "I Don't Live Today" - 5:26
  8. "Machine Gun" - 11:22
  9. "Foxey Lady" - 6:30
  10. "The Star Spangled Banner" - 2:45 (Francis Scott Key, John Stafford Smith)
  11. "Purple Haze" - 3:48
  12. "Voodoo Child (slight return)" - 10:49

First Show Track Listing[edit]

The track listing for the first show is provided below. Most of these songs have been professionally mixed and officially released previously [all available on digital media - either CD/DVD and laser disc, except the complete drum intro of Easy Rider]. Including: "Fire" and "Message of Love" on Carlos Santana's Gut's 'n Grace label CD "Live Forever"; "Freedom", "Red House" and "Easy Ryder [with drum solo slightly edited]" on BMG CD [with video cassette package] "Jimi Plays Bekeley", "Red House" is now available on the West Coast Seattle Boy box set, "Easy Ryder [drum solo complete]" was also released earlier on Band of Gypsys 2 [Lp and cassette only]; "Johnny B. Goode" on the posthumous album Hendrix in the West [and several other compilations]; "Hear My Train A Comin'" on Rainbow Bridge and Blues; "Purple Haze" & [most of] "Star Spangled Banner" on the "Jimi Plays Berkeley" DVD. Also a short piece of "Voodoo Chile" is available on the "Voodoo Child" DVD [part of the "West Coast Seattle Boy" box set]. Only the songs "Foxy Lady", "Machine Gun" and "Voodoo Child (SR)" are entirely without a professionally mixed, official release. This show has not had an official, professionally mixed, release in its entirety yet, but is available complete, in much poorer quality soundboard, on the Wolfgang's Vault web site and elsewhere.

  1. "Introduction / Tuning" - 1:01
  2. "Fire" - 4:08
  3. "Johnny B. Goode" - 4:52
  4. "Hear My Train A Comin'" - 11:28
  5. "Foxy Lady" - 4:48
  6. "Machine Gun" - 10:56
  7. "Freedom" - 5:00
  8. "Tuning / Red House" - 8:43
  9. "Message of Love" - 5:25
  10. "Ezy Ryder" - 7:56
  11. "The Star Spangled Banner" - 2:18
  12. "Purple Haze" - 3:46
  13. "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" - 12:26

(Total Time 1:22:47)


Additional Personnel[edit]

from the Experience Hendrix LLC liner notes, 2012-July-12th

  • Compilation Produced by Janie L Hendrix, Eddie Kramer, & John McDermott for Experience Hendrix LLC
  • Mixed by Eddie Kramer at: Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY
  • Assistant Engineer Pete Scriba


  1. ^ Fawcett, Rob (2011). "BBC - Music - Review of Jimi Hendrix - Jimi Plays Berkeley". Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: Album: Jimi Hendrix: Live at Berkeley". Retrieved 28 August 2011.