Jimi Hendrix Encyclopedia
April 27th, 1969
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, Ca.
With Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys
Spanish Castle Magic
Hear My Train A Comin’
Sunshine Of Your Love
Star Spangled Banner
This inspired performance served as the debut release for Dagger Records The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live In Oakland marks the debut release of Dagger Records, a unique label established by Experience Hendrix to bring Jimi’s fans inspired performances which don’t meet the technical criteria and sonic standards Hendrix himself established over the course of his short, but spectacular career.
Spread over two discs, The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live In Oakland was made from an amateur audience recording made by Ken Koga using a single microphone onto a portable Sony reel to reel deck. The concert was not professionally recorded, so Ken’s amatuer tapes represent the only known documentation of this performance. The monophonic sound is unobtrusive and clear, but far from industry [as well as Jimi’s own] standards.
Fans of the Experience will recognize the set list, as songs such as “Fire”, “Purple Haze”, and “Spanish Castle Magic” were staples of the 1969 US tour repertoire. The evening was capped off with an eighteen minute, extended jam of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”. Joining the group onstage for this final number was Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience are photographed on stage during their April 27, 1969 performance at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The concert was recorded and is the subject of the debut Dagger Records CD release “Live At The Oakland Coliseum.”
Photo: Darrell Miles / © Authentic Hendrix, LLC