Jimi Hendrix Experience – 01/09/1969 – Stockholm, Sweden

Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Swedish Shows
9th Jan 1969
Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden

First show

1. Audience
2. MC Intro
3. Jimi Intro
4. Killin’ Floor
5. Spanish Castle Magic
6. Fire
7. Hey Joe
8. Voodoo Chile (slight return)
9. Red House
10. Sunshine Of Your Love
11. MC Outro

Second show

1. Jimi Intro
2. I Don’t Live Today
3. Spanish Castle Magic
4. Hey Joe
5. Voodoo Chile (slight return)
6. Sunshine Of Your Love
7. Red House
8. Fire
9. Purple Haze
10. Star Spangled Banner

Notes

These two shows have been very well documented and they also fall in to the category of having been bootlegged to death. Probably the best of all the bootleg versions is the double Swinging Pig release “On The Killing Floor” (1989) which is now very hard to locate. The versions of the shows here are from the master reels and provide the best sound quality available.

The first show is uninspired while the second is probably one of the best that the band played that year with Mitch and Noel providing an excellent platform for Jim’s playing which is nothing short of extraordinary. I suppose what you have here are the two contrasting sides of the Experience. The group by now were exhausted from their never ending touring, playing to large arenas they had almost lost contact with their audience. Hendrix, especially felt this alienation with an audience who he felt demanded he ‘put on a show’ rather than listen to the music. His aside comments at the start of the first show and the sloppy manner of playing that follows would bear this out. On the other hand The Experience were also by now a finely honed unit that could deliver the goods with astounding brilliance as the second show proves.

But why such a difference between the sets. This was answered by Noel in his 1990 book “Are You Experienced?”

“Sweden. Always the same problem – no drugs. We were forced to drink the killer Schnapps, and it brought on Jimi’s mood for the first set. In desperation I went out between shows and with much persistence managed to score a leaper. We huddled anxiously over the dressing room table, crushed the pill into a powder, shared it out, and snorted it. The second show was much more together and enthusiastic.”

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