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War Heroes
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Compilation album by
ReleasedOctober 1972 (1972-10)
RecordedApril 1967 – July 1970
Genre Rock
Label Polydor
Jimi Hendrix US chronology
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War Heroes is a compilation album [3] by American guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Released in the UK on October 1, 1972, and in December 1972 in the US, it was the third album of mostly unreleased studio recordings to be issued after Hendrix's death. The album was engineered, mixed and compiled by Eddie Kramer and John Jansen, although biographer and later Hendrix producer John McDermott also identifies Hendrix as a producer. [4]

War Heroes contains three songs that Hendrix proposed for his fourth studio album: " Stepping Stone", "Izabella", and "Beginnings" (listed as "Beginning"). These and songs from the two 1971 albums, The Cry of Love and Rainbow Bridge, were included on First Rays of the New Rising Sun (1997). War Heroes reached number 23 in the UK Albums Chart, number 48 on the US Billboard 200, [5] and number 51 in Canada. [6]

Track listing

All tracks written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted. [7]

Side one
No.TitleLater releaseLength
1." Bleeding Heart" South Saturn Delta3:15
2." Highway Chile" Are You Experienced (CD reissues)3:30
3."Tax Free" (Hansen, Carlsen a.k.a. Bo Hansson, Janne Carlsson)South Saturn Delta4:58
4." Peter Gunn" ( Henry Mancini) West Coast Seattle Boy2:18
5." Stepping Stone" First Rays of the New Rising Sun4:07
Side two
No.TitleLater releaseLength
1."Midnight"South Saturn Delta5:32
2."3 Little Bears"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year4:09
3."Beginning" ( Mitch Mitchell)First Rays of the New Rising Sun4:13
4."Izabella"First Rays of the New Rising Sun2:55


  • Jimi Hendrix – guitars, vocals
  • Mitch Mitchell – drums
  • Billy Cox – bass guitar on "Bleeding Heart", "Peter Gunn Catastrophe", "Stepping Stone" and "Izabella"
  • Noel Redding – bass guitar on "Highway Chile", "Tax Free" and "Midnight"

Recording details

  • "Bleeding Heart" recorded at Record Plant in New York City, on March 24, 1970
  • "Highway Chile" recorded at Olympic Studios in London, on April 3, 1967
  • "Tax Free" recorded at Record Plant, on May 1, 1968
  • "Peter Gunn Catastrophe" recorded at Record Plant, on May 14, 1970
  • "Stepping Stone" recorded at Record Plant, on November 14, 1969 and on June 26, 1970 (overdubs)
  • "Midnight" recorded at Olmstead Studios, on April 3, 1969
  • "3 Little Bears" recorded at Record Plant, on May 2, 1968
  • "Beginning" recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, on June 16 and/or July 1, 1970
  • "Izabella" recorded at The Hit Factory in New York City, on August 28 and 29, 1969


  1. ^ Prato, Greg (2011). "War Heroes - Jimi Hendrix | Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: H". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN  089919026X. Retrieved February 26, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Faralaco, John (2010). "Appendix 5: Selected Post-1971 Compilation Albums". The Jimi Hendrix Story: New Edition, Including Updated Discography. IPS Books. p. 125. ISBN  978-1890988395. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  4. ^ McDermott, John; Kramer, Eddie (1992). Hendrix: Setting the Record Straight. New York City: Warner Books. pp.  305–306, 336–337. ISBN  978-0-446-39431-4.
  5. ^ Shapiro, Harry; Glebbeek, Cesar (1990). Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy (1st ed.). New York City: St. Martin's Press. pp.  544–545. ISBN  978-0-312-05861-6.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums" (PDF). RPM. February 17, 1973 – via Library and Archives Canada.
  7. ^ War Heroes (Album notes). Jimi Hendrix. New York City: Reprise Records. 1972. Record labels. MS 2103.{{ cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) ( link)