16 Songs, 1 Hour 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jimi Hendrix’s appearance at Woodstock in 1969 functions as a bookend to his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Where Monterey introduced Hendrix to the United States as a peerless performer and guitarist, Woodstock can be seen as his final anointment as the crown prince of the counterculture movement. While the essential qualities that made Monterey a success are still evident two years later on Live At Woodstock — the trio’s ability to fill in space and to stay light on its feet even during the heaviest passages; the unrivaled sense of liberty Hendrix brings to guitar — Hendrix is older here, and more self-assured. There is more variety in the material, from the brooding blues of “Hear My Train a Comin’” to the hard rock of “Spanish Magic Castle” and the frantic funk of the unreleased “Izabella.” For many, Jimi’s re-imagined rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” epitomized an art that was revolutionary yet fundamentally American, but it is the torrential version of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” that best symbolizes the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the peak of its powers.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jimi Hendrix’s appearance at Woodstock in 1969 functions as a bookend to his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Where Monterey introduced Hendrix to the United States as a peerless performer and guitarist, Woodstock can be seen as his final anointment as the crown prince of the counterculture movement. While the essential qualities that made Monterey a success are still evident two years later on Live At Woodstock — the trio’s ability to fill in space and to stay light on its feet even during the heaviest passages; the unrivaled sense of liberty Hendrix brings to guitar — Hendrix is older here, and more self-assured. There is more variety in the material, from the brooding blues of “Hear My Train a Comin’” to the hard rock of “Spanish Magic Castle” and the frantic funk of the unreleased “Izabella.” For many, Jimi’s re-imagined rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” epitomized an art that was revolutionary yet fundamentally American, but it is the torrential version of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” that best symbolizes the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the peak of its powers.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

RandyRhoads33 ,

Wow Itunes

Way to take off an album and put a new one on so I can't do complete my album. you expect me to buy the same songs I had over again just so I can get the album only songs?? What the hell?!?!? Nice spelling too, btw. LOL "voodoo chileD"? "woodstock iNprovisation"? Wow. Oh, and also, it's "Spanish Castle Magic". Sheesh...

Flaimdude ,

In Reply to the Other Review

It's not Apple/iTunes that decides what music/albums are put up/taken down, that is the responsibility of the record labels (I know because I've contacted iTunes help before about a song that went album only - again, that is at the digression of the record label, not Apple/iTunes). So again, it would be the record label, not Apple/iTunes that did the track names.

Just sayin'.

Also, it's Jimi Hendrix. 5 stars.

2550 ,

Good, but not the spelling

This is an awesome album for any fan of good music, the one thing i'm annoyed by is the fact that they can't spell the freakin names right! At least honor the names correctly, because this performance was and is still legendary. Voodoo ChileD? INprovision? Spanish Magic Castle? Wow. Well in any case, keep on rockin' but you might need to change the names if you buy this album.

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