Jakoś nam się tu ostatnio jazzowo i poważnie zrobiło. Dlatego chciałbym powrócić trochę do "korzenie" tego bloga i przedstawić płyty dosyć enigmatycznego projektu muzycznego, którego źródła znajdują się bodajże w Niemczech. Swego czasu - muzycy zafascynowani Jimi Hendrixem - nagrywali różne post-hendrixowskie albumy mające w mniejszym lub większym stopniu oddać hołd zmarłemu geniuszowi gitary. Tak też jest w przypadku tych pozycji. To niezłe i rasowe gitarowe granie nawiązujące do najlepszych z możliwych tradycji. Fanom ostrych jak żyletka brzmień bardzo polecam.
Seems like there's more semi-anonymous feedback mayhem "in tribute" to Jimi Hendrix out there besides the well-known "Purple Fox"/"Jeff Cooper" stuff. Recently, I came across a batch of obscure records by a certain "Live Experience Band" whose whole oeuvre seems to be dedicated to Hendrix.
Unfortunately, it's very hard to find any useful information on them.
Here's what I learned from the records themselves: First one I got is called "Voodoo Chile" (TT-Records 495), containing three Hendrix covers and three original tracks. Then there's a double album called "Jimi Hendrix Portrait" (ken 712-13), which has a whole disc of cover versions (one side features the same titles as "voodoo chile"; haven't compared yet whether the tracks are identical, too) and a disc of originals. And finally, there's an album called "Tribute to Jimi Hendrix" (ken 714), credited this time to "Live Experience '70" on the cover and on the label. This one is wholly made up of original compositions, some of which already appeared on the earlier albums. As the label claims this to be "Tribute to Jimi Hendrix Vol. V", there might be (at least) one more of these out there...
Musically, "The Live Experience Band" stuff is not quite up to the lunatic intensity of Jeff Cooper's "The Acid Test", but anybody who is into extreme guitar freakouts set to a groovy backing won't be disappointed, I think.
There are hardly any infos on the covers nor on the labels of the records. All of the original songs are credited to a certain "Ch. Icem" (or simply "Icem), and for one track vocal credit is given to "Buddi Knight", but that's it. Not even a country of origin is recognizable on any of the albums.However, given the fact that the german "GEMA" is mentioned on the labels of all records, I'd guess that they were pressed in Germany. And as one of their originals, "Before Dead", was comped on "Obscured by Krauts", a collection of obscure krautrock, the band itself might also have been german. But the line notes are quite brief and vague in regard to them, so I wouldn't take this for granted though.
Has anybody got further info on these recordings? Or on the labels which put them out? Or on "Icem", the mysterious brain behind it all? Any hints (as well as comments on other pieces of "Hendrixploitation") are appreciated! (source)