Radio One (album)

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Radio One
JHendrix RadioOne.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedNovember 1988 (1988-11)
RecordedFebruary–December 1967
StudioBBC Broadcasting House and Playhouse Theatre in London
GenreRock, blues, soul, hard rock
The Jimi Hendrix Experience chronology
Live at Winterland
Radio One
Cornerstones: 1967–1970

Radio One is a live album by English-American rock band The Jimi Hendrix Experience. It was released posthumously in November 1988 by Rykodisc and compiles tracks recorded between February and December 1967 for broadcasts by BBC Radio.[1] The album peaked at number 30 on the UK Albums Chart,[2] while in the United States, it charted at number 119 on the Billboard 200.[3] After Hendrix's family gained control of his legacy, Radio One was supplanted by the more comprehensive BBC Sessions in 1998.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[8]
The Village VoiceA–[9]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau said Radio One is as good an introduction to Hendrix's music as his 1967 debut record Are You Experienced because while non-fanatics do not have to listen to different versions of the same songs, "Hendrix's versions do bear scrutiny like no other rock and roll." He was also impressed by the previously unreleased covers of "Hound Dog" and Curtis Knight's "Drivin' South", calling them first-rate.[9] John Milward from the Chicago Tribune called it "one of the season's best new rock records", writing that it "supplements the first public stage of Hendrix's tragically brief evolution; the hard rock that forged his background in the blues and rhythm and blues into a sturdy platform for his instrumental pyrotechnics".[10] Rolling Stone magazine's David Fricke was even more enthusiastic, deeming it an all-important Hendrix album that documents his artistry as it developed in its earliest stages, with recordings showcasing his blues roots, lyrical ballads, and frenzied guitar playing.[1] He believed it covers a period of "accelerated evolution" for Hendrix in 1967, from his debut album earlier that year to his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival and his second record Axis: Bold as Love later that year:

This is the sound of Hendrix reinventing rock & roll, almost day by day, in his own image. It is also the sound of Hendrix coping with the pressure and pain that were part of his reward. There's no other experience on record like it.[1]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Richie Unterberger recommended Radio One to genuine fans of Hendrix's music because of its unpolished yet exceptional sound and showcase of his ability to perform different styles of rock, soul, and the blues.[5] Paul Evans and Nathan Brackett wrote in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (1992) that of the live recordings from "the deluge posthumous albums" released after Hendrix's death, Radio One was one of the "most exciting", along with Live at Winterland (1987) and Stages (1991).[8]

Track listing[edit]

1."Stone Free"Jimi Hendrix3:23
2."Radio One"Hendrix1:27
3."Day Tripper" (The Beatles cover)Lennon–McCartney3:18
4."Killing Floor"Chester Arthur Burnett2:27
5."Love or Confusion"Hendrix2:52
6."Drivin' South"Hendrix4:49
7."Catfish Blues"Robert Petway5:28
8."Wait Until Tomorrow"Hendrix2:55
9."Hear My Train a Comin'"Hendrix4:52
10."Hound Dog" (Big Mama Thornton, Elvis Presley cover)Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller2:44
12."Hoochie Coochie Man"Willie Dixon5:30
13."Purple Haze"Hendrix3:02
14."Spanish Castle Magic"Hendrix3:06
15."Hey Joe"Billy Roberts4:01
16."Foxy Lady"Hendrix2:57
17."Burning of the Midnight Lamp"Hendrix3:42
Total length:50:12


Recording details[edit]

  • Tracks 1, 5, 15 and 16 recorded at the BBC Broadcasting House in London, England on February 13, 1967
  • Tracks 2, 3, 8, 9 and 14 recorded at the BBC Playhouse Theatre in London, England on December 15, 1967
  • Tracks 4, 11 and 13 recorded at the BBC Broadcasting House on March 28, 1967
  • Tracks 6, 7, 10 and 17 recorded at the BBC Playhouse Theatre on October 6, 1967
  • Track 12 recorded at the BBC Playhouse Theatre on October 17, 1967

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Fricke, David (1989-02-23). "Album review - Jimi Hendrix Radio One". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Official Charts Company - Jimi Hendrix Radio One". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  3. ^ Billboard album charts info - Jimi Hendrix Radio One at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Subjects for Further Research". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. p. 357. ISBN 0312245602.
  5. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. Album review - Jimi Hendrix Radio One at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Muze. p. 249. ISBN 0195313739.
  7. ^ Jeffries, Neil (14 Jan 1989). "Jimi Hendrix Experience 'Radio One'". Kerrang!. 221. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. p. 24.
  8. ^ a b Evans, Paul; Brackett, Nathan (1992). "Jimi Hendrix". In DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly (eds.). The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. pp. 316–17. ISBN 0679737294.
  9. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (April 25, 1989). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  10. ^ Milward, John (1988). "A New Oldie". Chicago Tribune (November 20). Retrieved August 23, 2015.

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