Kiss the Sky (Jimi Hendrix album)

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Kiss the Sky
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Compilation album by
ReleasedOctober 1984 (1984-10)
Jimi Hendrix US album chronology
The Jimi Hendrix Concerts
Kiss the Sky
Jimi Plays Monterey
Jimi Hendrix UK album chronology
The Singles Album
Kiss the Sky
Johnny B. Goode

Kiss the Sky is a compilation album by American rock guitarist, singer–songwriter Jimi Hendrix. In the US, it was released by Reprise Records in October 1984 and by Polydor Records in the UK in November 1984.[1] The album's title is taken from the lyrics of "Purple Haze."

"Red House" is listed in the liner notes as the "unedited version", which amounted to a few seconds of studio chat that preceded the song.[1] "Stepping Stone" is believed to be the original Band of Gypsys single mix.[1] "Killing Floor" from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival was unreleased at the time.[2]

The front cover artwork of the 1984 CD release on Reprise noted "Digitally remastered from original vault tapes", while the Reprise cassette cover artwork stated "Special Edition Jimi Hendrix album. Digitally remastered from original vault tapes. Audiophile qualilty recording on high-qualilty cassette".[citation needed]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

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

  1. "Are You Experienced?" – 4:15 (Are You Experienced, 1967)
  2. "I Don't Live Today" (live) – 6:43 (The Jimi Hendrix Concerts, 1982)
  3. "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" – 5:14 (Electric Ladyland, 1968)
  4. "Stepping Stone" – 4:11 (single, 1970)
  5. "Castles Made of Sand" – 2:49 (Axis: Bold as Love, 1967)
  6. "Killing Floor" (live) (Chester Burnett) – 3:32 (previously unreleased)
  7. "Purple Haze" – 2:53 (Are You Experienced)
  8. "Red House" – 3:57 (Smash Hits, US edition)
  9. "Crosstown Traffic" – 2:20 (Electric Ladyland)
  10. "Third Stone from the Sun" – 6:46 (Are You Experienced)
  11. "All Along the Watchtower" (Bob Dylan) – 3:58 (Electric Ladyland)


Recording details[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Shapiro, Harry; Glebbeek, Cesar (1990). "Appendix 1 – Music, Sweet Music: The Discography". Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy (1st. U.S. ed.). New York City: St. Martin's Press. p. 553. ISBN 0-312-05861-6.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ Doggett, Peter (2004). Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Guide to His Music (2nd ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 102. ISBN 1-84449-424-1.
  3. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Kiss the Sky review". AllMusic. Retrieved November 26, 2009.