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
Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
South Saturn Delta

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
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Q4/5 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.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."Purple Haze" single2:51
2."Fire" Are You Experienced2:43
3."The Wind Cries Mary" single3:20
4."Hey Joe"Billy Robertssingle3:29
5."All Along the Watchtower"Bob Dylansingle3:58
6."Stone Free" B-side of "Hey Joe" (UK single)3:35
7."Crosstown Traffic" Electric Ladyland2:19
8."Manic Depression" Are You Experienced3:42
9."Little Wing" Axis: Bold as Love2:25
10."If 6 Was 9" Axis: Bold as Love5:34
11."Foxy Lady" Are You Experienced3:18
12."Bold as Love" Axis: Bold as Love4:11
13."Castles Made of Sand" Axis: Bold as Love2:47
14."Red House" Are You Experienced (UK edition)3:50
15."Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" Electric Ladyland5:12
16."Freedom" The Cry of Love3:25
17."Night Bird Flying" The Cry of Love3:50
18."Angel" The Cry of Love4:22
19."Dolly Dagger" Rainbow Bridge4:45
20."Star Spangled Banner"John Stafford Smith (music)Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More3:46

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.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."Highway Chile" (alternate recording) The Jimi Hendrix Experience3:41
2."Gloria"Van Morrisonbonus single with The Essential Jimi Hendrix (UK)8:54
3."It's Too Bad" (jam recording) The Jimi Hendrix Experience8:53
4."Spanish Castle Magic" (rehearsal recording) The Jimi Hendrix Experience5:50
5."Hear My Train A Comin'" (rehearsal recording) The Jimi Hendrix Experience6:58
6."Lover Man" (demo recording) The Jimi Hendrix Experience2:58
7."I Don't Live Today" (live) Lifelines: The Jimi Hendrix Story bonus disc6:34
8."Purple Haze" (live) Stages disc three4:03


  • 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


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Italy (FIMI)[7] Gold 50,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  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.
  7. ^ "Italian album certifications – Jimi Hendrix – Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana.
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Jimi Hendrix – Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 14 June 2018. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.