JIMI HENDRIX: Blue Wild Angel -
Live At The Isle Of Wight

Woodstock is hailed as the festivals of festivals, historically setting the trend and benchmark ever since. A year later in 1970, however the Isle Of Wight music festival brought fans (by the boatloads) to its quiet shores to stir it up with the likes of rock legends The Doors, The Who and yes, Mr. Jimi Hendrix. The attendance of over half a million people doubled that of Woodstock. If you've seen the in-depth Murray Lerner film on the event with all of its trials, tribulations, crises and triumphs, you'll know what an incredible historic moment it was. What makes this more unique is that it was one of the last extensive moments of coverage to feature Jimi Hendrix before his untimely death. Here you'll find the entire set from before Hendrix, Cox & Mitchell go on stage to the roadie switching off the amps, no gaps or cuts. In sequence and in its entirety. The tracks include his rendition of God Save The Queen (echoing his Star Spangled Banner version at Woodstock), The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Dylan's All Along The Watchtower (most people only knowing Hendrix's version), Lover Man, Freedom, Ezy Ryder, Purple Haze, Voodoo Child (Slight Return) and In From The Storm. Captured by about 6 different cameras, the DVD features multi-angle option for Spanish Castle Magic, Machine Gun, Red House and Foxey Lady. The disc also includes a behind-the-scenes look with director Lerner, interviews and reflections of band mates and managers, an extensive Hendrix biography and memorabilia posters, tickets, scribbling and maps from the festival. While his talent and persona is still sorely missed, at least we have historic documentation like this to fall back on at any time, merely to enjoy as consistent works of genius - or if the saturated pop driven music industry drives us batty - that would be every second day then, I guess...

This previously released DVD is now jacked up with a twin CD set addition!

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