Those EARLY period from bands like the Who, the Move or the Jimi Hendrix Experience... even the Small Faces or Pink Floyd, Byrds... you name it, were more often than not their spontaneous Best; here's proof positive with an early '67 Live for German TV "Beat Beat Beat" of Jimi's Purple Haze : (Dig Mitch Michell's hair still sporting a Mod pomp', Jimi's just bought "I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet" Hussard uniform vest, perfect look, sound just right and not overwhelming, perfect modest stance ... )
Coincidentally, at the same time those amazing unpublished Rolling
Stones pics turned up, I found 3 incredible shots of Hendrix (and one of
opener Buddy Miles Express) that I am quite certain are also
unpublished! These are original prints that the photographer rather
crudely affixed to a copy of Axis: Bold As Love, and it looks as though
the album cover with photos was hanging on his/ her wall for many years,
as there are pin holes and very old tape on the backside. I thought
about removing them from the cover, but on its own it is a remarkable
piece of folk art!
These were found at The Alameda, CA Antiques Fair, and I'm thinking that the person I bought them from is a dumpster diver.
As Buddy Miles is the opening act and the region I found these, I'm just about 100% sure they are from Winterland, San Francisco October 1968.
"Jimi Hendrix sent the following letter to Reprise Records in September of 1968. It was essentially a set of fairly strict instructions with regard to the sleeve design of his forthcoming record, Electric Ladyland: a photo of the band surrounded by kids in Central Park, taken by Linda McCartney, was to feature on the front cover; various other black and white shots, by Eddie Kramer, were also to grace the packaging; as was a poem entitled "Letter to the room full of mirrors,".
"The album was released the next month, with a sleeve that bore no resemblance to the design in his letter. Worse still, Reprise chose to use a highly controversial photo for the UK release. via www.lettersofnote.com