Recorded live at the Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York on August 18, 1969. Includes liner notes by David Fricke.
Jimi Hendrix was the headliner at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
Ironically, he got to go on around dawn on Monday morning, by which
time there were only (...only) 60,000 remaining parishoners--the last
act. Hendrix's Gypsy Sun & Rainbows emerged from a communal summer
of jamming in the upstate arts community, but these other musicians are
largely inauidble. So what we have in WOODSTOCK is a high energy test
flight of Hendrix's last two touring trios, featuring
Experience-drummer Mitch Mitchell and Jimi's old Army buddy, the groove
oriented Fender bassist, Billy Cox.
Following hot on the heels
of the acclaimed BLUES, this second gem from the Hendrix archives finds
Hendrix in transition: from a rock and pop approach, to Sky Church
music--Jimi's free form synthesis of blues, modal jazz, funk and ethnic
sources. An early arrangement of "Hear My Train A-Comin'," and such old
warhorses as "Red House" and "Voodoo Child" are given spirited blues
treatments. Following the national anthem, Jimi builds to another
emotional catharsis with his breathtaking "Woodstock
Improvisation"--which showcases his taste for modern jazz and
flamenco--while his poignant instrumental reverie "Villanova Junction"
reflects the influence of Wes Montgomery. This one is an essential for
fans--WOODSTOCK showcases Jimi Hendrix as a guitarist's guitarist.