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Experience Sessions
     

The Experience Sessions

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by Noel Redding
 
Well, let's be honest here. Noel Redding's position in rock history is cemented by virtue of having been the bass player for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. But the fact is that he was not actually a bass player, but a converted guitar player who was hired, at least in part, because Jimi liked his hair! By the time of Electric Ladyland, Redding was feeling

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Well, let's be honest here. Noel Redding's position in rock history is cemented by virtue of having been the bass player for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. But the fact is that he was not actually a bass player, but a converted guitar player who was hired, at least in part, because Jimi liked his hair! By the time of Electric Ladyland, Redding was feeling creatively frustrated in the group, which basically led to the breakup of the Experience. He did, however, get two of his songs recorded by the Experience: "She's So Fine" on Axis: Bold As Love and "Little Miss Strange" on Electric Ladyland. Both are pleasant enough little tunes, but they do pale in comparison to Hendrix's songwriting abilities. Redding's later bands, Fat Mattress and the Noel Redding Band, were commercial duds with little to recommend them. So The Experience Sessions has been offered up by Experience Hendrix to fill out Noel's legacy. Unfortunately, there isn't really much to fill out. When you take out the live version of "Red House" by the Experience and the two cuts each of "She's So Fine" and "Little Miss Strange" (the album version and an alternate for both), you're left with only seven tracks, and two of those are alternates of the same tune. "There Ain't Nothing Wrong" has been available for years in bootleg circles, the difference here being cleaner sound and a vocal track that had never been heard because Noel cut the vocals for it in 1988! The best tunes here are nice psychedelic pop ditties much like "Little Miss Strange": "Walking Through the Garden," "Dream," and "Little, Little Girl," all of which demonstrate the fact that Noel Redding was not a particularly gifted lyricist. There are some nice touches, like the phased vocals on "Little, Little Girl" or Jimi's bass playing on "Dream," but they aren't especially remarkable. "How Can I Live" sounds unfinished, lacking a bass track, and "Noel's Tune" is a pretty loose jam, redeemed only by Jimi's soloing. The alternate version doesn't even have Hendrix, and suffers in comparison. The alternate take of "She's So Fine" is quite interesting stripped of both the lead and backing vocals, but the alternate of "Little Miss Strange" is rendered pretty uninteresting by removing all the stuff Jimi added, primarily the guitar leads. The live version of "Red House" from 1968 is nice, featuring Noel on rhythm guitar instead of bass, but again, does little to enhance Redding's legacy. Basically, any interest here is in these little-known performances of Jimi Hendrix, who plays guitar and/or bass on eight of the 12 tracks and percussion on one more. There are no major revelations, and it's pretty apparent that Noel Redding is not the great unsung hero of rock who was overshadowed by his flamboyant bandmate. The Experience Sessions may not do much to enhance Noel Redding's place in the rock & roll pantheon, but there are enough interesting moments courtesy of Jimi that Hendrix collectors will probably be satisfied.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2004
Label:
Image Entertainment
UPC:
0014381228229
catalogNumber:
2282

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Performance Credits

Noel Redding   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Dave Mason   Sitar
Jimi Hendrix   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Mitch Mitchell   Drums,Background Vocals
David Parson   Sitar
Chris Wood   Flute

Technical Credits

Noel Redding   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Chas Chandler   Producer,Audio Production
George Chkiantz   Engineer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer,Producer,Author,Audio Production
Eddie Kramer   Engineer
Gary Kellgren   Engineer
Andy Aledort   Liner Notes

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The Experience Sessions 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These songs are pretty cool on here, and the version of Red House(Live) is pretty interesting. But theres not too many songs on here. Besides two of them can be found on albums by the Experience (She's So Fine- Axis: Bold as Love, and Little Miss Strange- Electric Ladyland).