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Decades after Jimi Hendrix’s iconic performance of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” at the Isle of Wight, a fresh treasure has surfaced: a riveting rendition from a 1967 Hollywood Bowl concert.

The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, though originating from disparate corners of the world, found their fates intertwined during the vibrant 1960s. Hendrix first carved a niche for himself in the UK before the US. It was in this English backdrop that he daringly performed “Sgt. Pepper’s’ in the presence of The Beatles” own Paul McCartney and George Harrison. This occurred at the Saville Theatre in 1967, mere days following the groundbreaking album’s launch.

Jimi Hendrix’s affection for the track was evident; he integrated it into numerous shows, most poignantly at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, a short while before his untimely death on September 18, 1970, at St Mary Abbots Hospital in London.

Fans have long had access to the Isle of Wight rendition through “Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight.” However, a previously unreleased gem from the Hollywood Bowl gig on August 18, 1967, awaits fans. Slated for a November 10th release, this concert recording promises to be a gem in any music enthusiast’s collection. As an appetizer, a single of the “Sgt. Pepper’s” cover has been launched.

 

Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hollywood Bowl August 18, 1967 – Tracklist

 

Expect to be transported by evocative versions of timeless hits like “Purple Haze” and “The Wind Cries Mary,” reminding both seasoned fans and newcomers of Hendrix’s unmatched power.

The album is also a testament to Jimi Hendrix’s knack for reinterpreting classics, featuring his spins on timeless pieces like Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor” and Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.”

  • Introduction
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • Killing Floor
  • The Wind Cries Mary
  • Foxey Lady
  • Catfish Blues
  • Fire
  • Like a Rolling Stone
  • Purple Haze
  • Wild Thing

 

Jimi Hendrix admiration for The Beatles

 

The Beatles’ pioneering spirit, especially with their experimental album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” deeply influenced rock Jimi Hendrix. This admiration was evident in how Hendrix reimagined some Beatles songs.

Among these covers, his take on “Day Tripper,” recorded for BBC Radio One sessions on October 17, 1967, stands out. Released in 1998 on the “BBC Sessions” album, this rendition seamlessly blends Jimi Hendrix’s fiery guitar work with The Beatles’ iconic melody, reflecting the unique fusion of rock and psychedelia that defined Hendrix’s style.

Both artists shared a profound mutual respect, exemplified by Jimi Hendrix’s frequent Beatles covers. Paul McCartney has often fondly recalled the mesmerizing experience of watching Jimi Hendrix perform their songs. Moreover, this mutual admiration and respect extended beyond mere words. McCartney’s esteem for Jimi Hendrix was so deep that he played a pivotal role in ensuring Jimi Hendrix Experience’s appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, a watershed moment in the band’s career. Just months prior to their live performance at the Hollywood Bowl, where they opened for The Mamas and the Papas, the Monterey event significantly elevated Hendrix’s profile in the music industry.

 

Listen below to the second single, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” taken from the upcoming live album, Live at The Hollywood Bowl.

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