**THIS IS A VINYL LP**
Release Date: 2023
- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
- Killing Floor
- The Wind Cries Mary
- Foxey Lady
- Catfish Blues
- Like A Rolling Stone
- Purple Haze
- Wild Thing
First-ever release of a 1967 live show
Includes deluxe 12-page booklet with rare photos and an extensive essay
From Legacy Recordings comes Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At The Hollywood Bowl: Aug. 18, 1967. This performance has never been released or bootlegged; it was recorded just prior to the group’s debut album Are You Experienced? The 150-gram LP includes a deluxe 12-page booklet with rare photos and an extensive essay about the time of the recording.
In the aftermath of their successful American debut at the Monterey Pop Festival on June 18, 1967, San Francisco promoter Bill Graham offered the Experience an extended, five show booking at the Fillmore Auditorium. The gigs were critical to the group, as they had come to Monterey with nothing booked in the U.S. apart from their festival appearance. The Experience initially came on the bill as a support act, along with Gabor Szabo, for the Jefferson Airplane. That arrangement unraveled when the Jefferson Airplane backed out of the gig after one show and let the Experience take over. During the week-long stint in June when the Experience were performing at the Fillmore in San Francisco, co-manager Michael Jeffery had secured a position for the Experience to serve as an opening act for the Monkees on their summer U.S. tour.
Incredibly, the Experience lasted nine shows as the opening act for the Monkees before leaving the tour. A story was concocted by Hendrix’s management that his act was deemed too offensive for such a young audience by the venerable Daughters Of The American Revolution organization. The group scrambled to fill their suddenly empty calendar with odd club dates and recording sessions before the Mama’s & Papa’s (whose leader John Phillips was one of the producers of the Monterey Festival) offered an opportunity to open for them at their August 18, 1967 show at the Hollywood Bowl.
Before a sold-out audience of 17,000 people, the Experience overwhelmed an unsuspecting audience with a superb show that encompassed his renditions of songs by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters as well as signature songs such as “Purple Haze” and “The Wind Cries Mary.” Are You Experienced, the group’s debut album, had not yet been released by Jimi’s label Reprise.