There have been so many posthumous Hendrix releases (with more to follow) that no one compilation can be called 'complete.' With that in mind, this four-CD/one-DVD set is a worthwhile addition for any collector of all things Jimi.
And all things Jimi is what West Coast Seattle Boy truly is: from the guitarist's early appearances as a sideman with the likes of The Isley Brothers, Little Richard and Don Convey to alternate versions of classics with The Jimi Hendrix Experience to 'apartment demos' recorded shortly before his death, it's a brisk examination of one of music's most influential figures.
While West Coast Seattle Boy is a bit scattershot, i.e., not for the casual fan, it's a treasure for serious Hendrix aficionados. The DVD footage, by the way, is incendiary.
Hungry for more Hendrix treats and can't wait for Christmas Day? Then revisit our celebration of all things Jimi from earlier this year.