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LIVE AT WINTERLAND

Jimi Hendrix

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Slartibartfast
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4 stars Jimi Hendrix is a dish best experienced live.

I don't have a lot of Hendrix in my collection, but this one happened to be the second CD I bought, back in the late '80's. When so much stuff was being released on CD from the LP masters, Ryko had the decency to put out something of true quality. The first mixdowns of the original multi-track recordings were transferred to digital and digitally mixed and mastered. "this 70+-minute program makes full use of both the expanded frequency range and playing capacity of the Compact Disc". Oooh! Ah, the days when CDs were a novelty.

It really is a fine set of his music. Like any great live album you don't get reguritations of studio material and when he does covers, he puts the originals to shame.

Hendrix, Redding, and Mitchell made for one smoking trio. Joined on Killing Floor by Jack Cassady of the Jefferson Airplane.

Kind of spooky that the original concert happened over three nights, starting one day after my sister was born. (I was three years old.) Two more years and Hendrix would be gone leaving us to wonder where he might have gone musically...

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Posted Saturday, April 11, 2009 | Review Permalink
micky
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4 stars ehh.. time to toss my hat in the Hendrix reviewing ring.

'Jimi Hendrix represented freedom of expression - all the colors for all the seasons - for all the people' Bill Graham

With all due respect to Band of Gypsies which is a great live album. THIS is the live album you need to have see what all the hoopla about Hendrix is about. Monterrey was great, but we'll get to that later in the review. Woodstock was good, Isle of Wight 1970 was a disappointment but this is the live album that catches the Jimi Hendrix Experience firing on all cylinders marking a crucial time and place in his musical journey. Live at Winterland was recorded in October of 1968, the album drawn from an incendiary (figurative not literal as I'll come to later) series of shows over three nights. Musical friends dropped in for guest spots such as Traffic's Steve Winwood and Chris Wood, Jefferson Airplane's amazing bassist Jack Cassady. The album was never released during Hendrix's lifetime and didn't see the light of day until Rydodisc released the album in 1987.

What is interesting.. and telling is the timeframe and setlist of these shows. The magnificent Electric Ladyland had been released the month before these shows and you will find nary a one one here. Hendrix was a victim of his own image and success. He was expected to play the songs of the summer of '67 and put on a show. At one point on this disc.. if you listen close enough.. you can hear a fan yell out to Jimi for him to burn his guitar. It is no wonder that the Experience would soon be dissolved and Hendrix would seek a break and more freedom as an artist. Needless to say there would no guitars set aflame at the climax of the show. This album is a great showcase of Hendrix taking and breathing new life in songs that he had performed hundreds of times over the previous two years, the real gems of the album though are some songs you won't find on a Hendrix album. After some killer versions of Fire, and Manic Depression Hendrix launches into a tribute to the Cream with an INCREDIBLE and inspired version of Sunshine of Your Love. That alone would be worth tracking the album down.

However the real gem of the album is when Jack Cassady joins Hendrix and Mitch Mitchell on stage for ..[&*!#]... who many ways can you say inflamatory.. incendiary... magical.. furious version of Killing Floor. Cassady's bass rumbles like a gravel truck going down an embankment... Jimi's guitar spews a rainbow of colors and tones. Mitchell has grown four arms and beats the [&*!#] out of his kit. Amazing.. amazing..amazing stuff. The next track is a real gem.. and another little sign of why Hendrix is here. Hendrix was a friend and collaborator with two of the true mothers of Proto-Prog. Bo Hansson and Janne Karlsson whom he jammed and highly respectly. Tax Free, a track written by the two of them, marks where Hendrix was going in the years to come a looser more jazz orientated direction. A studio version of this is available on one of the many compilation out there of his unreleased work. Great stuff.

The album ends with an incredible rendition of Hey Joe and his normal crowd pleasing favorites: Foxy Lady, Purple Haze, and Wild Thing. I could only imagine how Hendrix must have tired of playing those same songs every night and wished he progress past his image as a showman and be considered an artist. That is why I think he jettisoned the Experience later and forged ahead into more jazz orientated material just before his death. I could only imagine just how much larger his legacy could have been if he hadn't died at such a young age. What an amazing guitarist.. and artist who really had just started to spread his wings as something other than a meer 'guitarist'

Rating the album...for me personally this is near the tops of my favorite live albums and is an essential album. 5 stars easy. For the site going 4 stars. Not 5 stars.. it isn't essential as far as the site is concerned.. that is reserved for Electric Ladyland and maybe his debut. A good 4 stars though.

Michael (aka Micky)

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Posted Sunday, April 12, 2009 | Review Permalink
ZowieZiggy
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4 stars This live ''Experience'' was recorded just before the release of the last studio recording of the giant during his lifetime. No trace of this album in this live set. Even their prior (and average album) ''Axis.'' is only represented by one track (''Spanish Castle Magic'').

Almost half of covers and some songs from ''Are You Experienced'' are the core body of this live set.

Each line-up who has surrounded the big man (''Experience'', ''Band Of Gypsys'' and a combination of both) has released one major live album IMO. Being this one, the Fillmore East and of course the Woodstock gigantic concert.

This live set is damned good but it is lacking of some great numbers that will only see the light later on (''Voodoo Chile'', ''Izabella'', ''Hear My Train'' etc.). But there are hardly weak moments in here.

The ''Cream'' cover is one of the highlights (''Sunshine Of Your Love'') and my fave out of ''Axis'' is represented here as well in an excellent and cruelly wild rendition of ''Spanish Castle Magic''. An explosion of sounds (not only guitar): be assured that the rhythmic here is quite solid.

A blues classic in the live performances is the long ''Red House''. I have to admit that this slow and heavy track has never been one of my favourite performance of the man, but it belongs to his great heritage, so.

I far much prefer the giant cover ''Killing Floor''. This is a perfect example of how great the band was on stage. A complete cohesion, a wonderful musical experimentation, and such great skills combined. This is another magical moments out here. A highlight of course.

Even if the cover ''Tax Free'' holds some great guitar breaks, I can't consider this as one of the great tunes featured here. But this is no filler either.

But fillers don't belong here. The remaining pieces of music do belong to Hendrix fame: ''Foxy Lady'', ''Hey Joe'' (superb intro) and the great ''Purple Haze'' are of course huge tracks and so moving for a Jimi fan (whom I am if you had ever doubted).

As I have said in my Hendrix studio album reviews, the Hendrix adventure (whatever the composition) is best discovered while playing live. This is a very good example. Four stars, easily. But don't look for any prog in here.

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Posted Sunday, May 3, 2009 | Review Permalink

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