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War Heroes
Ref.: Capitol Records CDP 0777 7 96414 2 0
Musicians: Jimi Hendrix (guitar, vocals) / Billy Cox (bass) / Mitch Mitchell (drums) / Noel Redding (bass) / Al Kooper (piano) / Buddy Miles (drums) / Juma Sultan (bongos) / Jerry Velez (percussion, maracas)


1. Bleeding Heart
2. Highway Chile
3. Tax Free
4. Peter Gunn-Catastrophe
5. Stepping Stone
6. Midnight
7. Three Little Bears
8. Beginnings
9. Izabella


Originally Released: November, 1972
on Reprise Records
Available on Vinyl & Cassette formats
THE TRACKS:Bleeding Heart (Record Plant, New York City 12-18-69 and/or 3-24-70) / Highway Chile / Tax Free (Record Plant, New York City 5-1-68) / Peter Gunn (Record Plant, New York City or Electric Lady Studios, New York City, mid-1970) / Catastrophe (Record Plant, New York City or Electric Lady Studios, New York City, mid-1970) / Stepping Stone (Record Plant, New York City 11-4-69) / Midnight (Olmstead Sound Studios, New York City 4-69 (?)) / 3 Little Bears (Record Plant, New York City 5-2-68) / Beginning (Electric Lady Studios, New York City 6-16-70) / Izabella (Hit Factory, New York City 8-28-69/8-29-69)

Recorded 1968-1970.
Released In England (10/72; Polydor); Germany (Polydor); Australia (Polydor); France (Barclay); England (War Heroes/Cry Of Love; Polydor); Japan (1991; Polydor); Germany (1993; Polydor). The USA release does not include 'Highway Chile' and has an edited version of '3 Little Bears'.

Capitol Records CDP 0777 7 96414 2 0 CD


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JIMI HENDRIX War Heroes ****
Jimi Hendrix was a south paw player who used a right handed Fender upside down without restringing, something that he'd taken notice of Dick Dale doing back in '62 when he saw him a few times, or so the legend goes. It was his apology to Dick that was at the root of his line from Third Stone. This track makes the bridge visible, and clarifies the surfy basis of May This Be Love as well. The rest of the CD ain't bad, neither.
Picks: Peter Gunn Catastrophe
Label: Capitol Records CDP 0777 7 96414 2 0 CD
Jimi Hendrix was messin' around at Electric Ladyland, and his sidemen jumped in with him as he partialed out a rendition of Peter Gunn, possibly inspired by one of the times he saw Dick Dale do it at the Rendezvous. With the Echoplex going, it's not much of a leap from here to Dick. A priceless stitch in time.
Jimi Surf Instrumental
W&A Reviews
War Heroes (1972)
Just a couple of new release-quality tracks ("Izabella") plus B-sides ("Highway Chile") and throwaways ("Three Little Bears"). (DBW)
Again, this one would be worth owning if the two new Hendrix estate releases hadn't made it irrelevant. (JA)
Jimi Hendrix