“Are You Experienced? wouldn’t come out for two weeks. Nobody knew what to anticipate...”: Hear a pre-fame Jimi Hendrix perform to an unsuspecting audience of Mamas and Papas fans

Jimi Hendrix onstage performing live at Monterey Pop in 1967
(Image credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Stringer / Getty Images)

A new Jimi Hendrix live album documenting the guitar icon’s 1967 set at The Hollywood Bowl is set to hit shelves and streaming services on November 10 – and you can hear the first clip, a previously unreleased, scything rendition of Howlin’ Wolf’s Killing Floor, below.

The catchily titled Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hollywood Bowl August 18, 1967 recording is significant in that it captures a pivotal moment in the electric guitar god’s journey –marking one of the final shows he would play ahead of the release of Are You Experienced?

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.