What does it sound like?:
By all accounts the original recording was a victim of a fairly wasted organisational team at the gig meaning a fair amount of digital magic had to go into this reissue to get it up to scratch. Whilst I’ve heard better sounding live albums it’s not bad. Apparently the drums suffered from terrible wind noise in the mics so Mitch Mitchell recreated his performance in the studio afterwards which is going some. It’s fair to say it’s rather thin sounding, truth be told.
Anyone who is familiar with Jimi and especially live Jimi will know what’s in store here, sensational guitar playing with the odd side order of duff notes and out of tune riffage, such being the cost of breaking all the rules. I think it sounds bloody great actually. I especially like the fact that there are live versions of tracks which turned up on “The cry of love”, the much maligned album pieced together after Jimi’s death but which I’ve always liked a lot.
Jimi chats quite a bit and it’s always good to hear that stoned slurred sounding hippy stuff coming from him.
What does it all *mean*?
It means the seemingly inexhaustible market for songs people already have in some numbers is alive and well. Personally I’m quite resistant to having multiple versions of things for completeness sake but although last year’s “Freedom” is close to definitive live Jimi there are tracks here I don’t have live and the version of “Hear my train a comin’” is almost worth the price of admission on its own (Billy Cox brilliant on bass on this too).
Goes well with…
Doing stuff. Anything really, but I like to be active when I’m listening to Jimi. It’s easier to play air guitar when you’re standing up.
20th November 2020
Might suit people who like…
It’s facile to say great guitar playing as that could apply to many people/albums but this is one of the last shows Jimi played so it’s a chance to hear where the greatest guitar innovator had got to before his Strat was prematurely silenced.