Notwithstanding hypotheses on Jimi Hendrix' state of mind and body in the weeks just prior to his death, this footage offers little evidence of any detrimental effects of his psyche on his musicianship. Quite the contrary, as the body English he displays in Miami seems directly derived from his own immersion in his playing. And although he appears stoic to a fault in July of 1970, his deft guitar on Bob Dylan
's "All Along the Watchtower" offers proof his skills hadn't appreciably diminished. The German Experience show, their final, reaffirms that perception: more than the rainbow garb and general demeanor, the force of Jimi's instrumental attack- not to mention the commitment to play that compelled him to stay a day later than scheduled due to weather delays-suggests his fundamental integrity remained intact till the end.
The extra content that lengthens the DVD to over three hours running time heightens the impact of Hear My Train A Comin'
, thus rendering it as close to definitive a project as might be executed, based on an artist with the expanse of talent and influence Jimi Hendrix exhibited.
Production Notes: Directed by Bob Smeaton. A production of Fuse Films and THIRTEEN's American Masters in association with WNET. Special features: Performances filmed at 1968 Miami Pop Festival, July 1970 New York Pop Festival and September , 1970 Love & Peace Festival at the Isle Of Fehmarn in Germany. New stereo and 5.1 surround mixing by engineer Eddie Kramer.