Please note: The American/Canadian releases of "Are You Experienced?" had a spelling mistake on the song "Foxy Lady" (it is spelled "Foxey Lady" on the albums). These copies were released months after the original UK version which had the correct spelling ("Foxy Lady").
The discography of Jimi Hendrix is a complex matter. Strictly speaking, only the four albums "Are You Experienced?", "Axis: Bold as Love", "Electric Ladyland", and "Band of Gypsys" are officially sanctioned by Hendrix. First three of those albums were released by his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. You will find those albums at that artist page.
There are so many posthumous releases of Jimi Hendrix material that this album listing is necessarily a mess. If someone wants to start cleaning it up, or you want more precise information, this is a good place to start: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimi_Hendrix
Another useful link: http://www.nolifetilmetal.com/jimihendrix.htm
Information about the early Hendrix work is collected at http://www.earlyhendrix.com/
There have been many (and that's an understatement) attempts at cashing in on Hendrix's popularity over the years by re-releasing his session work as long-lost J. Hendrix releases.
As a session player Hendrix played with
Legal name: James Marshall Hendrix, Johnny Allen Hendrix
Also performs as: Heaven Research
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".
Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the US Army and trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division; he was granted an honorable discharge the following year. Soon afterward, he moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, and began playing gigs on the chitlin' circuit, earning a place in the Isley Brothers' backing band and later with Little Richard, with whom he continued to work through mid-1965. He then played with Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after being discovered by Linda Keith, who in turn interested bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals in becoming his first manager. Within months, Hendrix had earned three UK top ten hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", and "The Wind Cries Mary". He achieved fame in the US after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968 his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one in the US; it was Hendrix's most commercially successful release and his first and only number one album. The world's highest-paid performer, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 before his accidental death from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27.
Hendrix was inspired musically by American rock and roll and electric blues. He favored overdriven amplifiers with high volume and gain, and was instrumental in utilizing the previously undesirable sounds caused by guitar amplifier feedback. He helped to popularize the use of a wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock, and was the first artist to use stereophonic phasing effects in music recordings. Holly George-Warren of Rolling Stone commented: "Hendrix pioneered the use of the instrument as an electronic sound source. Players before him had experimented with feedback and distortion, but Hendrix turned those effects and others into a controlled, fluid vocabulary every bit as personal as the blues with which he began."
Hendrix was the recipient of several music awards during his lifetime and posthumously. In 1967, readers of Melody Maker voted him the Pop Musician of the Year, and in 1968, Rolling Stone declared him the Performer of the Year. Disc and Music Echo honored him with the World Top Musician of 1969 and in 1970, Guitar Player named him the Rock Guitarist of the Year. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Rolling Stone ranked the band's three studio albums, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland, among the 100 greatest albums of all time, and they ranked Hendrix as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time.
- ^ "Biography of the Jimi Hendrix Experience". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- ^ George-Warren 2001, p. 428.