War Heroes

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War Heroes
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Compilation album by Jimi Hendrix
Released October 1972 (1972-10)
Recorded April 1967 – July 1970
Genre Rock
Length 35:20
Label Polydor
Jimi Hendrix US chronology
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Robert ChristgauB[2]

War Heroes is a compilation album[3] by American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, that was released two years after his death (on October 1 and December 1972 in the UK and the US, respectively). It was engineered, mixed and compiled by Eddie Kramer and John Jansen. Though biographer and later Hendrix producer John McDermott notes the album was produced by Hendrix, Kramer, and Jansen,[4] Hendrix was not listed on the original album credits.

War Heroes contains three songs that Hendrix proposed for his fourth studio album: "Stepping Stone", "Izabella", and "Beginnings" (listed as "Beginning"). These and songs from the two 1971 albums, The Cry of Love and Rainbow Bridge, were included on First Rays of the New Rising Sun (1997). The album reached number 23 in the UK Albums Chart and number 48 on the US Billboard 200.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.

Side one
1."Bleeding Heart"Elmore James3:12
2."Highway Chile" (re-processed stereo) 3:34
3."Tax Free"Bo Hansson, Janne Carlsson4:58
4."Peter Gunn Catastrophe"Henry Mancini; arranged by Jimi Hendrix2:20
5."Stepping Stone" 4:11
Side two
1."Midnight" 5:35
2."3 Little Bears" 4:16
3."Beginning"Mitch Mitchell4:13
4."Izabella" 2:51


  • Jimi Hendrix – guitars, lead vocals, bass guitar on "Bleeding Heart", backing vocals on "Izabella"
  • Mitch Mitchell – drums
  • Billy Cox – bass guitar on "Peter Gunn Catastrophe","Stepping Stone" and "Izabella"
  • Noel Redding – bass guitar on "Highway Chile", "Tax Free" and "Midnight"

Recording details[edit]

  • Track 1 recorded at Record Plant in New York City, on March 24, 1970
  • Track 2 recorded at Olympic Studios in London, on April 3, 1967
  • Track 3 recorded at Record Plant, on May 1, 1968
  • Track 4 recorded at Record Plant, on May 14, 1970
  • Track 5 recorded at Record Plant, on November 14, 1969 and on June 26, 1970 (overdubs)
  • Track 6 recorded at Olmstead Studios, on April 3, 1969
  • Track 7 recorded at Record Plant, on May 2, 1968
  • Track 8 recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, on June 16 and/or July 1, 1970
  • Track 9 recorded at The Hit Factory in New York City, on August 28 and 29, 1969

See also[edit]

For other album releases of the songs on War Heroes, see List of songs recorded by Jimi Hendrix.


  1. ^ Prato, Greg (2011). "War Heroes - Jimi Hendrix | Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: Album: Jimi Hendrix: War Heroes". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Faralaco, John (2010). "Appendix 5: Selected Post-1971 Compilation Albums". The Jimi Hendrix Story: New Edition, Including Updated Discography. IPS Books. p. 125. ISBN 1890988391. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ McDermott, John; Kramer, Eddie (1992). Hendrix: Setting the Record Straight. New York City: Warner Books. ISBN 978-0-446-39431-4. 
  5. ^ Shapiro, Harry; Glebbeek, Cesar (1990). Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy (1st ed.). New York City: St. Martin's Press. pp. 544–545. ISBN 978-0-312-05861-6.