Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix

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Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
Greatest hits album by Jimi Hendrix
Released 1997 (1997)
Recorded October 1966 – October 1970
Genre Rock
Length 73:32
Label Legacy
Producer Chas Chandler, Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix chronology
First Rays of the New Rising Sun
(1997)First Rays of the New Rising Sun1997
Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
South Saturn Delta
(1997)South Saturn Delta1997

Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix is a compilation album of Jimi Hendrix songs released in 1997. The single compact disc collects 20 songs spanning his career from his first recordings with the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966 to his last with Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell in 1970.

It is the first comprehensive collection of Hendrix's songs overseen by Experience Hendrix, a family company that took over management of his recording legacy in 1997. Fifteen songs with the Experience are included and five with Hendrix's later groups, often referred to as Gypsy Suns and Rainbows and the Cry of Love touring band. No songs from the Band of Gypsys lineup with Buddy Miles are included.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]

In a review for AllMusic, Bruce Eder calls it the near "perfect single-CD Jimi Hendrix anthology".[2] He notes that includes some of Hendrix's noteworthy later work, but lacks a couple of songs from his earlier Smash Hits compilation.[2]

The album reached number 18 in the UK[4] and number 133 in the US.[5] In 2006, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it as "gold" for selling over 500,000 copies.[6]

Track listing[edit]

The titles and running times are taken from the original Experience Hendrix CD release. Other releases may show different information.

All tracks written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.

Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
No. Title Original release Length
1. "Purple Haze" single 2:51
2. "Fire" Are You Experienced 2:43
3. "The Wind Cries Mary" single 3:20
4. "Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts) single 3:29
5. "All Along the Watchtower" (Bob Dylan) single 3:58
6. "Stone Free" B-side of "Hey Joe" (UK single) 3:35
7. "Crosstown Traffic" Electric Ladyland 2:19
8. "Manic Depression" Are You Experienced 3:42
9. "Little Wing" Axis: Bold as Love 2:25
10. "If 6 Was 9" Axis: Bold as Love 5:34
11. "Foxy Lady" Are You Experienced 3:18
12. "Bold as Love" Axis: Bold as Love 4:11
13. "Castles Made of Sand" Axis: Bold as Love 2:47
14. "Red House" Are You Experienced (UK edition) 3:50
15. "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" Electric Ladyland 5:12
16. "Freedom" The Cry of Love 3:25
17. "Night Bird Flying" The Cry of Love 3:50
18. "Angel" The Cry of Love 4:22
19. "Dolly Dagger" Rainbow Bridge 4:45
20. "Star Spangled Banner" (John Stafford Smith (music)) Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More 3:46

Bonus disc The album was also released in a two-CD limited edition. The bonus disc contains eight tracks, taken from The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set (2000).

All tracks written by Jimi Hendrix except as noted.

Experience Hendrix bonus disc
No. Title Original release Length
1. "Highway Chile" (alternate recording) The Jimi Hendrix Experience 3:41
2. "Gloria" (Van Morrison) bonus single with The Essential Jimi Hendrix (UK) 8:54
3. "It's Too Bad" (jam recording) The Jimi Hendrix Experience 8:53
4. "Spanish Castle Magic" (rehearsal recording) The Jimi Hendrix Experience 5:50
5. "Hear My Train A Comin'" (rehearsal recording) The Jimi Hendrix Experience 6:58
6. "Lover Man" (demo recording) The Jimi Hendrix Experience 2:58
7. "I Don't Live Today" (live) Lifelines: The Jimi Hendrix Story bonus disc 6:34
8. "Purple Haze" (live) Stages disc three 4:03


  • Jimi Hendrix – guitar, vocals, bass guitar, piano
  • Mitch Mitchell – drums: all tracks, except "It's Too Bad"
  • Noel Redding – bass guitar, vocals: all tracks, except 16–20, "It's Too Bad", and "Lover Man"
  • Billy Cox – bass guitar, vocals: 16–20 and "Lover Man"
  • Buddy Miles – drums: "It's Too Bad"

Photograph of front cover


  1. ^ "It's Too Bad" was recorded with Buddy Miles and Larry Young without Billy Cox.
  2. ^ a b c Eder, Bruce. "Jimi Hendrix: Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ Q review
  4. ^ "Jimi Hendrix – Albums". Official Charts. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Jimi Hendrix – Chart History Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Gold & Platinum Search – Jimi Hendrix". RIAA. Retrieved February 2, 2017.