The Jimi Hendrix Experience's legendary second show at Northern California's Berkeley Community Center from May 30th, 1970 has finally seen official release this week. The set, which has been bootlegged numerous times over the years, showcases a still-evolving Hendrix less than four months before his sudden death. Backed by the final Experience lineup of Mitch Mitchell on drums and Band Of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox on bass, the trio tears through such Hendrix classics as "Stone Free," "Hey Joe," "Foxey Lady," "The Star Spangled Banner," "Purple Haze," and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," among others.
The tracklist to The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At Berkeley is: Introduction, "Pass It On (Straight Ahead)," "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)," "Lover Man," "Stone Free," "Hey Joe," "I Don't Live Today," "Machine Gun," "Foxey Lady," "Star Spangled Banner," "Purple Haze," and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)."
Bassist Billy Cox told us that unlike most acts of the day, Hendrix enjoyed complete freedom during his live shows: "He could do what he wanted to do onstage, and people loved that and accepted him, because at that time, and at that moment, he was unique -- in every way, shape, or form. Therefore, he could get away with doing things that the average musician could not get away with."