Wednesday, September 30, 2009

1966/10/XX - 1966/12/XX - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

From the BBC:

Hendrix jams with Cream
1 October 1966

In 1966 Eric Clapton was the undisputed king of rock guitar in Britain. That was until Hendrix turned up on the scene. Jimi had only been in England for a week, yet there was already talk of this amazing American guitarist who had been creating a storm in London's blues clubs.

In a particularly over confident gesture Hendrix asked if he could jam with Cream at their gig at Central London Polytechnic. Hendrix took the stage and tore through a version of 'Killing Floor' in double time. Cream soon regretted allowing him to join them. Hendrix's outrageous stage antics and dazzling guitar playing caused Clapton to leave the stage in a state of shock. He asked Chas Chandler afterwards "Is he always that f***ing good?"

Here is a version of Killing Floor recorded live at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France on October 18, 1966. This is as close to what Jimi sounded like for that legendary jam!

The following photos were all taken at the end of 1966, which was the period when the Experience was first formed in England and was just getting off their feet. Little did the world know what was just right around the corner! All photos are taken directly from flickr user rising70


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