Buried Treasure: Jimi Hendrix - Nine to the Universe (1980)
The original album had only five tracks yet clocks in at over thirty-eight minutes, a good length for the days of the old 33 1/3 RPM record. In order to make it all fit on one LP over 40 minutes of music was edited from the original sessions. One example is the title cut. It was faded at 8:45 on the album but the full performance stretched out to 18:49.
Hendrix is sensational on this album. Most of his playing is high energy, sometimes bordering on frantic. The best jams are the title cut in which a mean bass riff never relents under Hendrix's manic fretwork and a track simply titled "Young/Hendrix Jam," which runs for 10:22. The latter features some great interplay with Larry Young, a jazz organist who worked with Miles Davis on Bitches Brew. Hendrix is a little more subdued here, allowing Young to share much of the spotlight with him.
Other guests include drummer Buddy Miles and Mitch Mitchell, Hendrix's former drummer with the Experience.
These five pieces were never meant for public consumption. They didn't even have legitimate titles until producer Alan Douglas - who worked on two earlier posthumous Hendrix collections - named them for the release of the album that peaked at only #127 on the Billboard 200 album chart.