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3.44 | 20 ratings | 2 reviews | 45% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

Side one
1. Midnight Lightning (6:23)
2. Foxy Lady (9:11)
3. Lover Man (2:58)

Side two
1. Freedom (4:36)
2. All Along the Watchtower (5:39)
3. In From the Storm (6:14)

Line-up / Musicians

- Jimi Hendrix / guitar, vocals
- Mitch Mitchell / drums
- Billy Cox / bass

Releases information

Released: November 1971
Recorded: August 30, 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival in England
Label: Polydor
Producer: Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer

Isle of Wight was a posthumous live album by Jimi Hendrix, released in November 1971 by Polydor. The album documents Hendrix's performance at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival on August 30, 1970; his last performance in England before his death in September. Although the cover photo is from Berlin.
Isle of Wight contains just part of the concert. The entire performance was released on the 2002 album Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight.

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JIMI HENDRIX Isle of Wight ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(45%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
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Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars This is the first posthumous live album from the master.

The least I can say is that the track list from this work is rather bizarre. All the great classic have been ignored except ''Foxy Lady'' and I really wonder why this release was put on the market as such.

The Jeffery-Kramer team used us to better things (''Cry Of Love'', ''Rainbow Bridge''). The Isle Of Wight concert is of course not the best of Jimi's brilliant career but it seems that to have selected those specific numbers is a big professional mistake IMO; but none of the musicians (Cox and Mitchell) nor the producer (Jeffery) or the engineer (Kramer) did the selection.

The context of course was that Jimi died a year ago at the time of release to ensure full cashing in. No less than three studio albums and two live ones will be released in about two years time after his death!

What is even less understandable is that the running order of the original concert has been completely messed up. Only ''In From The Storm'' is correctly placed since it was the closing number at Wight.

This album is an historical mistake which will be compensated with the full concert recordings in 2002 under the name of ''Blue Wild Angel''. No need to mention that this is the one to grab if you are interested in the last UK concert from the man (the DVD is even better of course). To SEE Jimi is always a great moment of music.

Two stars.

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5 stars The Isle Of Wight concert was one of the last concerts Jimi Hendrix gave for his tragic death. While the show's duration was about 1,5 hour this record doesn't reach even the 40 minutes. The choice of songs for this record is somewhat peculiar, because there are just a few 'hits' on this record, ... (read more)

Report this review (#689992) | Posted by the philosopher | Monday, March 26, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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