18 Songs, 1 Hour 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jimi Hendrix’s performance at the Isle of Wight Festival, in August, 1970, is generally acknowledged as one of his most difficult. The festival was a violent shambles and Hendrix was plagued with technical difficulties as radio transmissions interrupted his signal. The band — drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox — are “under-rehearsed” (if such technical wizards can be such a thing), so newer material like “Dolly Dagger,” “Ezy Ryder” and “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)” have a less-structured, jam-band feel to them. Yet, the adversity only adds to the gritty realism of the performance. This is Hendrix battling the elements with his own tough fingers strangling the guitar in spots. His cover of “Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” is brutal with thick rhythmic chords kicking into a fired-up solo. His less-than-a-minute stab at the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” hints at the brilliance in store. “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and the twenty-two minute “Machine Gun” pull out every stop imaginable from drum solo to guitar backflips. Hendrix raps with the crowd to defuse the obvious tension and it’s a blast, but you can tell he’d rather settle things with the fretboard.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jimi Hendrix’s performance at the Isle of Wight Festival, in August, 1970, is generally acknowledged as one of his most difficult. The festival was a violent shambles and Hendrix was plagued with technical difficulties as radio transmissions interrupted his signal. The band — drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox — are “under-rehearsed” (if such technical wizards can be such a thing), so newer material like “Dolly Dagger,” “Ezy Ryder” and “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)” have a less-structured, jam-band feel to them. Yet, the adversity only adds to the gritty realism of the performance. This is Hendrix battling the elements with his own tough fingers strangling the guitar in spots. His cover of “Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” is brutal with thick rhythmic chords kicking into a fired-up solo. His less-than-a-minute stab at the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” hints at the brilliance in store. “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and the twenty-two minute “Machine Gun” pull out every stop imaginable from drum solo to guitar backflips. Hendrix raps with the crowd to defuse the obvious tension and it’s a blast, but you can tell he’d rather settle things with the fretboard.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Tdk joker ,

Jimi Hendrix!

At his best!

Acefrehley12000 ,

Ha!

Last time I checked Jimi Hendrix was a guitar god but I could be wrong maybe he wasn't a musical genius

Ps I'm not wrong

Jimi Lives On! ,

Simply Amazing

Just imagin what his leacy would be if he was still alive today. He'd be a guitar god. I wish i was alive to see his performances in person, but just by listening to them you can tell that he has an incredible stage pressence with skills that shred up the guitar. Jimi will continue to live on in the future generations through his music, dont forget to check out his new album "Valleys of Neptune"! i can't wait until it comes out in March!

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