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 to July 1970
Venue Electric Lady, Record Plant, Hit Factory, and Olmstead Sound Studios in New York, Olympic Studios in London
Genre Rock
Length 35:20
Label Polydor
Producer Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Kramer, John Jansen
Jimi Hendrix American chronology
Hendrix in the West
War Heroes
Soundtrack Recordings from the Film Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix British chronology
More Experience
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Soundtrack Recordings from the Film Jimi Hendrix
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

War Heroes is a compilation album[3] by American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, released 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 Hendrix produced many of the songs, he was not credited for such.

War Heroes contains the three remaining tracks featured on First Rays of the New Rising Sun which were not included on The Cry of Love or Rainbow Bridge: "Stepping Stone", "Izabella" and "Beginnings" (listed as "Beginning").

The album reached #23 in the UK Albums Chart[4] and #48 on the US Billboard 200.[5]

According to the book Setting The Record Straight by John McDermott with Eddie Kramer, The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam's Dice was considered for this release but was pulled by Mike Jeffery to enhance the next posthumous release, Loose Ends. Instead, tracks like "3 Little Bears" and "Peter Gunn Catastrophe" were used.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Bleeding Heart" (Elmore James) 3:12
2. "Highway Chile" (re-processed stereo) 3:34
3. "Tax Free" (Bo Hansson, Janne Carlsson) 4:58
4. "Peter Gunn Catastrophe" (Henry Mancini, arr. Hendrix) 2:20
5. "Stepping Stone" 4:11
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Midnight" 5:35
2. "3 Little Bears" 4:16
3. "Beginning" (Mitch Mitchell) 4:13
4. "Izabella" 2:51

Appearances of these mixes on newer releases[edit]


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 Studios, on May 1, 1968
  • Track 4 recorded at Record Plant Studios, on May 14, 1970
  • Track 5 recorded at Record Plant Studios, 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 Studios,[7] 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


  1. ^ Prato, Greg (2011). "War Heroes - Jimi Hendrix | AllMusic". allmusic.com. 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. ^ "UK chart history - Jimi Hendrix War Heroes". www.chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Billboard album charts info - Jimi Hendrix War Heroes at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  6. ^ Discogs - Merry Christmas And Happy New Year reMastered 10"-vinyl 2012, Music On Vinyl (MOVLP225) Europe
  7. ^ Discogs - Merry Christmas And Happy New Year limited edition 7"-vinyl 1999, Experience Hendrix (5651-7) US