Jimi Hendrix is now one of the most documented rock icons through recorded music and videos. There was a time when this was not so but thanks to his family taking things over and getting things done right we are able to enjoy the man’s legacy to the fullest extent possible.
I was only 11 years old when Woodstock was happening. My older brother, who has eight years on me, said he was there but many people said they were there and I know that the sixties were good to him so I have my doubts, sorry bro.
Jimi Hendrix Live At Woodstock brings his incredible performance back to life. This one performance changed the face of music forever. Yes, the event itself created changes and had a huge impact on an entire generation. There can be no doubt in the mind of anyone who witnessed Hendrix that he was the star of the event.
I have never seen all of this footage in one place before. Over the years I have watched bits and pieces of Woodstock, however to actually sit down and witness Hendrix playing nearly his entire set was breathtaking.
This two DVD set is remastered beautifully with just a few minor imperfections here and there that were unavoidable. Considering the conditions at the time, the equipment they used, and the techniques for filming, well, the production of this is nothing short of spectacular. For the most part the quality is excellent. The second CD features the only known filmed performance at Woodstock of Jimi playing “Hear My Train A Comin’.”
Ironically, it was a film student that somehow sneaked onstage and filmed it and that is the reason we can view it today. The film is mostly black and white and filmed from the side of the stage so the angle is not that good, and it flips flops from black and white to color. This is how things worked out with the changing of films during sets, thus the ability to get an entire performance documented on film was impossible. We take for granted the technologies we have today.