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Live at Woodstock

Live at Woodstock
Live album by Jimi Hendrix
Released July 6, 1999
Recorded August 18, 1969 at Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, USA
Genre Rock, psychedelic rock, acid rock
Length 96:38
Label MCA
Producer Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott
Jimi Hendrix chronology
Live at the Fillmore East
(1999)
Live at Woodstock
(1999)
Live at Clark University
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Rolling Stone [2]

Live at Woodstock is a posthumous live album by Jimi Hendrix released on July 6, 1999. The album documents Hendrix's performance with his band Gypsy Sun and Rainbows at Woodstock Festival on August 18, 1969. Many of the tracks on this album were released in 1994 on Woodstock. Apart from the cover medley of "Gypsy Woman" with "Aware Of Love" (both songs by The Impressions) and his original, "Mastermind", which were sung by rhythm guitarist Larry Lee, Live at Woodstock contains the full set played by the band. The recording, sound mix and the 1999 remix were completed by Eddie Kramer, who has pointed out that the conditions were primitive; in view of that, the result has been acclaimed, though the radical editing results in the group sound being reduced to a three piece of Hendrix, Cox and Mitchell. Lee, as noted above, and the two percussionists are essentially edited out of the mix. The original recording of the complete performance can be heard on several bootleg releases and the full group is clearly audible, notably on "Foxy Lady" and Voodoo Child (Slight Return), where the volume of the two percussionists and Lee's guitar are noticeably a part of the whole.

The DVD of the performance was re-released in 2010 with several 'never-before-seen' performances included - Foxy Lady, Message To Love, Hey Joe, Spanish Castle Magic and Lover Man with a DTS 5.1 mixed by Eddie Kramer and a regular 2.0 soundtrack.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted. 

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "Introduction"   2:21
2. "Message to Love"   7:20
3. "Hear My Train a Comin'"   9:49
4. "Spanish Castle Magic"   7:05
5. "Red House"   5:25
6. "Lover Man"   5:06
7. "Foxy Lady"   5:11
8. "Jam Back at the House"   7:45 (Note: 2:12 drum solo edited to 0:47 on this release)
Disc two
No. Title Length
1. "Izabella"   6:40
2. "Fire"   3:42
3. "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"   13:39
4. "Star Spangled Banner" (Francis Scott Key, John Stafford Smith) 3:46
5. "Purple Haze"   4:23
6. "Woodstock Improvisation"   4:04
7. "Villanova Junction Blues"   4:26
8. "Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts) 5:53

The remastered 2010 "Experience Hendrix" DVD includes the following on the second disc titled "A Second Look":

"Road To Woodstock: Hendrix performance footage, interview with Woodstock promoter Michael Lang and Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Larry Lee, Juma Sultan and others.

"Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock: A Second Look: Alternate camera angles plus the 'never-before-seen' performance of Hear My Train A Comin'.

"Nashville Roots: Billy Cox and Larry Lee recount their friendship with Jimi and their journey from the beginning to Woodstock.

"Press Conference: Jimi talks about "The Star Spangled Banner" and other topics. Recorded at Frank's Restaurant, Harlem - September 3, 1969.

"Rare Artefacts And Memorabillia: Original Woodstock poster, festival tickets, Jimi's original draft setlist for Woodstock plus poem "500 000 Halos."

Recording Woodstock: Engineer Eddie Kramer talks about recording of the festival.

Personnel

References

  1. ^ Thomas Erlewine, Stephen (2011). "Live at Woodstock - Jimi Hendrix | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Moon, Tom (2011). "Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
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