Jimi Hendrix Hear My Train A Comin' Sony-Legacy 2013 As an entry into the PBS American Masters series, it's little surprise Hear My Train A Comin' doesn't take a particularly novel approach to its subject. Still, the film progresses assuredly and vividly from one significant point to another as it covers the life and career of the one of the epochal figures of Sixties rock, Jimi Hendrix. Interviews with those who knew (and knew of) Jimi Hendrix at each stage of his artistic progression weave in and out of the footage, accompanied ...read more
An adjunct to the DVD release of Hear My Train A Comin', an installment of the PBS 'American Masters' series, Miami Pop Festival captures the original Jimi Hendrix Experience flush with success and the rightful expectation of more to come. At the time of this May 1968 appearance, the threesome was recording Electric Ladyland (Reprise, 1968) free of the ennui and creative/personal conflict that subsequently fractured the solid bond so evident in their musicianship here. (Or perhaps the nascent creative friction manifest itself positively on stage). Containing the whole of the trio's evening set (and two selections from ...read more
Originally released in 2000 on Sony/Legacy, the Jimi Hendrix Experience box set featured 56 then-previously unreleased concert and studio recordings that spanned the late guitarist's career, covering the years 1966 through 1970. The box set has been hailed as one of the best multi-disc compilations ever released.The 2013 edition of the four-CD set has been expanded to include four additional tracks, including: a live performance of Bob Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone," recorded at San Francisco's Winterland in October 1968; the unreleased original version of Peace In Mississippi" (which had previously only been available as b-side of the ...read more
The eye-catching metallic tone of the packaging, not to mention the scrupulous annotation in the accompanying booklet, belie the seemingly motley collection of twelve tracks comprising Jim Hendrix's cryptically-titled People Hell and Angels.Nevertheless, this slightly less-than hour of music documents the period in which the iconic musician, in an earnest attempt to progress beyond The Jimi Hendrix Experience, proceeded from the adventurous Electric Ladyland (Reprise, 1968) into more stylistically diverse territory during 1969 and the early part of 1970.It's particularly noteworthy too that, by the inclusion of previously-released tracks in slightly different form(s), such as the ...read more
Jimi Hendrix ExperienceLive at BerkeleySony-Legacy Music2012Released with virtually no fanfare, the compact disc of The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live at Berkley is nonetheless one of the most noteworthy of the seemingly innumerable archive titles that have come out since the rock icon's death. Though the graphics and design are virtually identical to a previously issued package, the sound, though apparently not remastered, is less trebly and more full, all the better to hear the rhythmic inflections of drummer Mitch Mitchell, not to mention the steady but nevertheless mobile bass work ...read more
In the near half-century since Jimi Hendrix's death, the passion the late guitarist's music elicits includes deep feelings about how his art has been presented posthumously. Accordingly, the reaction to the release of the four-CD Winterland box set, in combination with an expanded edition of one the earliest (and most sought after out-of-circulation) posthumous titles, In The West, threatens to dampen what otherwise might be unbridled enthusiasm. Those familiar with the history of titles following Hendrix's untimely passing, in September of 1970, probably can't help but look with some scepticism at the re-release of In The ...read more
Jimi HendrixBand of Gypsys Live at the Fillmore EastExperience Hendrix/Legacy Recordings2011 Given the latter years of guitarist Jimi Hendrix's life were fouled by business disputes, it comes as no surprise that the Band of Gypsys, perhaps the foulest such entanglement of them all, was not comprehensively recorded in video or audio. While we're fortunate to have the black & white footage contained on this DVD-- paired with a feature length documentary comprised of interviews with the principals as well as those in the know--this presentation only whets the appetite ...read more
Jimi HendrixWest Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix AnthologyLegacy2010 Since assuming ownership of Jimi Hendrix' archive in 1995, the late guitarist's estate has done yeoman work to dispel the shadow cast over the rock icon's legacy by the spate of posthumous releases that began flooding the marketplace almost immediately upon his untimely death in 1970. West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology maintains a delicate balance of attractions for the completist and the casual fan. The inclusion of the documentary DVD titled Voodoo Chile, directed by Bob Smeaton, ...read more
When the tracks that comprise Jimi Hendrix's Valleys of Neptune were recorded during 1968 and 1969, the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter was moving inexorably, albeit somewhat fitfully, into an earthier realm of music than his Experience image would allow. The gorgeous cover graphics of this archive title match the evocative music, as does the density of detail in the recording info (not to mention the accurate perspective Hendrix biographer John McDermott offers in his essay within the enclosed booklet).
The title song, appropriately enough, sets a tone for the album, with lyrics of cosmic paradigm shift akin to First Rays of the New ...read more
Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock Experience Hendrix/Universal Music Group 2005
One of the greatest ironies of Jimi Hendrix's career is that his set at the Woodstock Festival--one of, if not the most, notable live appearances in his brief history--was performed before a fraction of the total audience in attendance at the fabled event. The newly-released two-DVD edition of this Hendrix show puts this defining moment in an even more favorable light and actually places the festival itself in a different perspective.
Adorned with a banner on its glossy color front cover that ...read more
If A Equals B and B Equals C... No, the music of Jimi Hendrix can not be strictly called jazz. Since the guitarist's death in 1970, many music pundits have opined that had Hendrix lived he would have ventured into the realm of fusion. Rhetorically, how far from fusion could he have been at the end of his life when compared to the electric guitar fireworks on Bitches Brew ? Like jazz, Hendrix's music was blues based and highly improvisatory. It is with this support that I justify reviewing Hendrix Live at the Fillmore East in this jazz publication. Jazz ...read more
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