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Infamous Lulu Show Appearance (BBC TV - if you don't know the story - watch and see @7:40)

Jam Back At The House (From Woodstock - Mitch wrote this)

All Along The Watchtower (Isle Of Wight)

Pali Gap (Rainbow Bridge)

Hey Baby and In From The Storm (Rainbow Bridge - Mitch had to watch the film and re-do his drums tracks in the studio)

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Mitch Mitchell, who rose to fame in the 1960s as the explosive drummer in the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead at approximately 3 a.m. today in a hotel room in Portland, Oregon. A resident of France, he was in the U.S. to participate in the Experience Hendrix Tour, which concluded last Friday in Portland and featured Mitchell, former Hendrix bassist Billy Cox, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, blues greats Buddy Guy and Hubert Sumlin, such young Hendrix admirers as guitarists Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang.


Mitchell was 61. There was no sign of foul play according to Portland police, who told the The Oregonian newspaper that the drummer's death appeared to be from "natural causes." However, Mitchell apepared frail when he performed last Thursday in Seattle, according to longtime Union-Tribune music scribe Mikel Toombs, who reviewed the concert for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.


A 1993 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Mitchell teamed up with Hendrix in 1966 in England and was soon propelled to international fame as a member of the Experience.


He was one of the first rock artists in the 1960s to incoporate the triplets and polyrhythms that such jazz drum greats as Tony Williams and Elvin Jones had brought to the fore.


He continued to work with Hendrix after the Experience imploded in 1969 and performed with him at two of the biggest rock festivals ever held, Woodstock in upstate New York in 1969 and the Isle of Wight in England in 1970.


Mitchell played several times here with Hendrix in the 1960s and in 1970, shortly before the guitarist died. The drummer performed in San Diego at the 2002 and 2003 editions of Street Scene, where he drummed as part of the Experience Hendrix tribute shows. "In 2003 the Experience Hendrix musicians rehearsd in our production office, and Mitch sounded great, Street Scene founder Rob Hagey recalled. "Everyone there who worked with Street Scene was in awe and Mitch was alternating on drums with Buddy Miles and Chris Layton."


Mitchell continues to be cited as amajor influence by young rock musicians and fans today. he was known for his hard-hitting solos, but he could also play with grace and sensitivity. However, it was his charged instrumental interaction with Hendrix and original Experience bassist Noel Redding that cemented Mitchell's legacy as one of the greatest rock drummers of that era and he never again rose to such heady musical heights. He will truly be missed.

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This is sad sad news. Thanks for all the links, Aman.


Somehow when the names of the great Rock drummers come up you always hear Bonzo, Moonie, Neil, etc.. I rarely hear the name Mitch Mitchell - that is a shame, and I'm not sure why that is. The guy deserves to be in that company for sure.


One of my favorite pieces of his drumming - "If 6 Was 9". Elvin Jones would be proud.

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One of my favorites ever.

Everyone together now, we play a couple of fills from "Fire" on our desks:




ba-ba ba-ba



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Gemm is out of its mind.....(actually it looks like lots less from some dealers...)


I have seen copies in used record stores over the years for way less than that (under $10). It is mediocre at best.



I have never heard it - but I have read that Noel was given a lot of money to make that album.

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Gemm is out of its mind.....(actually it looks like lots less from some dealers...)


I have seen copies in used record stores over the years for way less than that (under $10). It is mediocre at best.



I paid less than $10 for my used copy. I think it's quite good. It's not necessarily beautiful or stoned, but it is above average light-psych with some English folk and SanFrancisco touches.



I actually prefer later period Hendrix - such as, the sort of songs that are on First Rays of the New Rising Sun. I like the groove - or rhythm patterns, as Billy Cox called them.


I gotta go with the Experience all the way. RIP Mitch!

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