Who/Jimi Hendrix – Battle of the Who and Jimi Hendrix Japanese 2 LP set

A rare Japanese "Battle Can" featuring The Who and Jimi Hendrix


Offered for sale is a rare Japanese double album featuring The Who and Jimi Hendrix, and officially titled “Battle of the Who & Jimi Hendrix,” complete with all inserts.  It’s usually referred to by collectors as the “battle can.”

Japan is known for producing high quality records, along with albums that feature unique compilations and covers.  One rarely encounters anything as strange as Polydor’s “battle can” series, which was issued in 1970 or so.  These two record sets consisted of one record each by two different artists, packaged in a large film canister such as what might be used for a 35mm theatrical film.   We know of at least eight different titles in the series, but the can featuring The Who and Jimi Hendrix is perhaps the most sought out example of the series.  (There are actually two Who/Hendrix battle cans; this is the one containing studio recordings by Hendrix.)

The Battle of the Who & Jimi Hendrix is a two record set, packaged in a film can as shown in the attached images.  Both discs are compilations:

Track listing:

The Who (MP 9365)

Armenia City in the Sky
I’m a Boy
Magic Bus
The Last Time
I Can See For Miles
Pinball Wizard
Summertime Blues
I Need You
Call Me Lightning
Run Run Run
See Me, Feel Me

Jimi Hendrix (MP 5366)

Foxy Lady
Manic Depression
Can You See Me
51st Anniversary
Stars That Play With Laughing Sam’s Dice
All Along the Watchtower
Little Wing
Gipsy Eyes
The Wind Cries Mary
Hey Joe
Highway Chile

Also included in the “battle can”:

  • Two 12″ foam inserts to protect the contents
  • A round booklet with song titles, information and lyrics (in English and Japanese)
  • A promotional flyer for the first album by Mandrill
  • An additional paper insert

The can is VG+, with slight wear and a small dent.  The records are M- and aside from a spindle mark or two, appear to have had very little play.

A beautiful copy of a very rare and very cool item that should appeal to collectors of either Jimi Hendrix or The Who.

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Record Label:
Catalog Number:
MP 9365/66
Year of Release:
circa 1970
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