BBC Sessions is an album of recordings by the rock group the Jimi Hendrix Experience, released on MCA Records on June 2, 1998. It contains all the surviving tracks from their various appearances on BBC radio programmes, such as Saturday Club and Top Gear, recorded in 1967.
At a BBC radio session, a practice still alive in British radio today, a band is required to record material in a studio quickly with limited overdubbing, largely limited to and relying upon their live sound. Many groups as part of this tradition choose to record some songs that are not part of their main repertoire. The album also includes the only two surviving Hendrix UK TV soundtracks (both BBC) Late Night Line Up ("Manic Depression" only survives) and the 1969 Lulu Show (complete). BBC Sessions therefore offers its own unique example of the Experience sound, and a revealing glimpse of a song from their early repertoire Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor" and their only known studio recording of Bob Dylan's "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"
Apart from the "live" in studio versions of well-known Experience songs, there are several unique studio recordings of songs, i.e. "Driving South" (three versions), which includes several guitar lines derived from Albert Collins' "Frosty" (1962) and "Thaw Out" (1965), "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man", "Catfish Blues", "Hound Dog", "Hear My Train A Comin'" (two versions) and a couple of novelty tracks: the amusing parody of a BBC Radio 1 jingle "Radio One", and a recording with a young Stevie Wonder on drums (a cover of Wonder's own "I Was Made to Love Her"). It also includes the sound track from the band's infamous appearance on Lulu's television show in 1969.
This collection has been re-released as part of the Hendrix Family's project to remaster Jimi's discography in 2010 by Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings. The re-release contains two digitally remastered sound discs with "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" bonus track from August 24, 1967, and a DVD videodisc of footage from recording sessions, and 22 pages of program notes.
|Live album by|
|Released||June 2, 1998|
|The Jimi Hendrix Experience chronology|
|1.||"Foxey Lady"||Jimi Hendrix||3:00|
|2.||"Alexis Korner Introduction"||0:28|
|3.||"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"||Bob Dylan||3:32|
|4.||"Rhythm and Blues World Service"||0:12|
|5.||"(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man"||Willie Dixon||5:30|
|6.||"Traveling with the Experience"||0:22|
|7.||"Driving South"||Curtis McNear a.k.a. Curtis Knight||5:31|
|9.||"Little Miss Lover"||Hendrix||2:58|
|10.||"Introducing the Experience"||0:51|
|11.||"Burning of the Midnight Lamp"||Hendrix||3:43|
|12.||"Catfish Blues"||Robert Petway||5:29|
|14.||"Love or Confusion"||Hendrix||2:54|
|15.||"Hey Joe"||Billy Roberts||4:02|
|16.||"Hound Dog"||Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller||2:43|
|18.||"Hear My Train A Comin'"||Hendrix||5:00|
|2.||"Killing Floor"||Chester Arthur Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf||2:28|
|4.||"Wait Until Tomorrow"||Hendrix||2:55|
|6.||"Spanish Castle Magic"||Hendrix||3:08|
|8.||"I Was Made to Love Her"||Stevie Wonder, Lula Mae Hardaway, Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy||3:05|
|10.||"A Brand New Sound"||0:54|
|11.||"Hey Joe" (alternate take)||Roberts||2:58|
|13.||"Driving South" (alternate take)||McNear||3:22|
|14.||"Hear My Train A Comin'" (alternate take)||Hendrix||5:03|
|15.||"A Happening for Lulu"||0:20|
|16.||"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"||Hendrix||4:09|
|19.||"Sunshine of Your Love"||Pete Brown, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton||1:17|
|20.||"Burning of the Midnight Lamp" (2010 Reissue Bonus Track)||Hendrix||4:31|
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"Hound Dog" is a twelve-bar blues song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Recorded originally by Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton on August 13, 1952, in Los Angeles and released by Peacock Records in late February 1953, "Hound Dog" was Thornton's only hit record, selling over 500,000 copies, spending 14 weeks in the R&B charts, including seven weeks at number one. Thornton's recording of "Hound Dog" is listed as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll", and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in February 2013.
"Hound Dog" has been recorded more than 250 times. The best-known version is the July 1956 recording by Elvis Presley, which is ranked number 19 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time; it is also one of the best-selling singles of all time. Presley's version, which sold about 10 million copies globally, was his best-selling song and "an emblem of the rock 'n' roll revolution". It was simultaneously number one on the US pop, country, and R&B charts in 1956, and it topped the pop chart for 11 weeks — a record that stood for 36 years. Presley's 1956 RCA recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988, and it is listed as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll".
"Hound Dog" has been at the center of controversies and several lawsuits, including disputes over authorship, royalties, and copyright infringement by the many answer songs released by such artists as Rufus Thomas and Roy Brown. From the 1970s onward, the song has been featured in numerous films, including Grease, Forrest Gump, Lilo & Stitch, A Few Good Men, Hounddog, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Nowhere Boy.Live at the BBC
Live at the BBC or BBC Recordings are recordings originally made for or by BBC Radio 1. Many recordings were released under several name variants.
Original 1966–1970 releases are marked in bold.
|Anthologies and |
|Are You Experienced|
(UK & US)
|Axis: Bold as Love|
(UK & US)
|Band of Gypsys|
at Monterey Pop
|The Cry of Love|
|Hendrix in the West|
|...And a Happy|