Live At Woodstock [DVD] review by Jimi Hendrix

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  • Released: Sep 13, 2005
  • Sound: 9
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.8 (78 votes)
Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock [DVD]

Sound — 9
This DVD is a must have for any Hendrix fan or for anyone who appreciates good music. The whole thing has been remastered by his engineer, Eddie Kramer, from the original recordings from the show, and it sounds like it was recorded yesterday, not 37 years ago. The guitar stands out clearly with Billy Cox (bass), Larry Lee (rhythm guitar) and Mitch Mitchell (drums) all adding their own touches to the mix. There were 2 percussionists playing too, but I was unable to make them out behind it all, which isn't bad as it sounded perfect already. It's Hendrix at his best, playing on top form and jamming with the best of them.

Content — 10
The DVD has a considerable amount of content included. The first disc has a documentry about the creation of the festival itself and other interesting info that is worth a watch. The main attraction of the whole set follows this, being the Woodstock set itself. The show is astounding, one of the best of all time. The set is as follows: 01. Message To Love - very well played. 02. Spanish Castle Magic - solos on top, very tight for a loose song. 03. Red House - top class blues jamming. 04. Lover Man - personal least favourite, worth watching. 05. Jam Back At The House - very well done. 06. Izabella - like Spanish Castle, a loose song played to it's funky perfection. 07. Fire - incredible, better than the studio version. 08. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - shredding, 8 years before EVH, amazing solo section and a definite highlight. 09. Star Spangled Banner - lives up to the hype. 10. Purple Haze - favourite from performance, very well played. 11. Woodstock Improvisation - very good jam session. 12. Villanova Junction - well done, worth a watch. 13. Hey Joe - top notch encore and a great finish to an amazing show. On the second disc, there is a feature called "A Second Look," which is the entire performance recorded by a crowd member at the side of the stage with a black and white camera. This unofficial document shows the comple show, uninterupted with the inclusion of a never before seen performance of "Hear My Train A'Comin'," as it was recorded, for historic relevence. This is really interesting to watch and a great addition to the DVD on a whole. There is also 2 shorter documentries about Hendrix and the show: "Recording Woodstock", about how Eddie Kramer recorded the festival and "Nashville Roots," which is BIlly Cox and Larry Lee talking about how they became involved in Woodstock and Jimi's past. Both are very interesting to watch.

Production Quality — 9
The production quality of this DVD is very high. It was remastered from the original tapes, so isn't as good as what would be expected today but is still very impressive. There was only around 10 cameras around the stage at the start and by the end there is about 2, with each running as long as it can. This doesn't affect the quality of the DVD in any way, however. Overall, very well done.

Overall Impression — 10
It's Jimi Hendrix, at Woodstock. Incomparable to other DVDs, it is simply astounding. The show itself is very well played and is presented here at a very high standard. The best thing about this DVD is the main show. It is played to perfection and raises the bar for live bands everywhere. If I lost this DVD, or it was stolen, I would buy it again without thinking twice.

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