Friday, November 1, 2013

CD/DVD Review: Jimi Hendrix's 70th Birthday Gets Celebrated With Two New Releases

Seventy years ago, one of the most amazing, innovative and iconic guitarist to have ever picked up the instrument was born. On November 27, Jimi Hendrix would have been 70 years old and to celebrate, Experience Hendrix along with PBS and Legacy Records are releasing two "must have" releases.
First up is the PBS' "American Masters" series with a new documentary "Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train Comin'." It will premiere on Tuesday, November 5 on PBS, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release that same day. The two hour documentary tells the story of the life of Jimi Hendrix through interviews with band mates, friends, relatives and other fellow musicians who were inspired by what Hendrix was doing at that time. The documentary features some never before scene film clips from Mitch Mitchell's home movies of Hendrix and live shows at the Miami Pop Festival in 1968 as well as some of his club gigs in London in the sixties. Also, great is the explanation of the creation of Hendrix's ground-breaking Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village. Music icons like Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Billy Gibbons and Dave Mason explain how Hendrix's style and music become such in inspiration to them and how he influenced their music.
Director Bob Smeaton is no stranger to Jimi Hendrix's music as his other film credits include "Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child," "Hendrix: Band of Gypsys" and "Hendrix 70: Live At Woodstock." I believe that this helped him create a complete, truthful story as to who Jimi Hendrix was on stage and off. PBS and Experience Hendrix are proud that "Hear My Train A Comin'" is part of the "American Masters" series and can be seen by future generations as to why Jimi Hendrix is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
Also available for the first time on November 5 is the "Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival" released by Legacy Records in accordance with Experience Hendrix. This new live album features the Jimi Hendrix Experience's entire evening performance on May 18, 1968 at the Miami Pop Festival. Along with the eight songs set they performed that evening, the new release also includes two songs from the afternoon show of that same day. Five months after the release of his second album and four months before the release of his third, Hendrix was performing his songs with a renewed passion. Hendrix, with band mates Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, ripped through the classic songs "Hey Joe," "Foxey Lady" and "Fire" with a fury of a young rising band on the verge of breaking out. The slow-blues of "Hear My Train A Comin" and "Red House" allows Hendrix to let loose on his guitar, providing a path for your mind to try and follow along with the notes he unleashes. The evening performance closes with a safe, steady rendition of his early hit "Purple Haze," but the music doesn't stop there. The two songs from the afternoon show, "Fire" and "Foxey Lady" are performed with a punk-like attitude as they rip through the songs as fast as they possibly could. But, no matter how Hendrix performs his songs, each performance is a different experience that needs to be heard.

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