to Jimi throwing his guitar out of tune after the first number(s).
>Berkeley 1970: 1st: inconsistent, painful-to-excellent (mostly fair).
I'd upgrade this. "Hear My Train" contains Jimi's playing at his best, IMO.
> 2nd: inconsistent, fair-to-excellent (mostly good).
I'll have to re-listen, but I remember thinking that the first show was way
>Isle of Wight 1970: inconsistent, poor/fair-to-good/excellent (mostly
What from this show rates excellent? I'd give it a 'mostly poor'.
>San Diego 1969 [stages]: mostly consistent fair-to-good.
I'd upgrade this to good-to-excellent.
[Mark Charalambous - 15 Dec 92]
I just listened to the Berkeley 1970 1st & 2nd shows again last week. The
version of Machine Gun in the 1st show is kind of weird. Jimi plays it rather
fast and seems to sing some different lyrics. It doesn't really work too well,
so Jimi plays much more like the BOG version in the 2nd show. I think the
Voodoo Child SR in the 1st is weaker than in the 2nd too. The Red House is
surprisingly blah...I wonder if Jimi was thrown off by the tuning problems.
Ezy Rider has Jimi leaving the stage mid-song for awhile (maybe to replace a
string?). Freedom is the "painful" song I mentioned...tuning problems so bad
the song should have been stopped.
But the first show has some EXCELLENT performances too....its not all blah or
problem plagued. Like Mark, I'd agree Hear My Train A Comin is amoung Jimi's
very best playing EVER! I'm sure a good-to-excellent 70 min album could be
pulled from the two performances like they did with Winterland. I filled a 90
and adding Blue Suede Shoes from rehearsals would result in a really good
album...one on par with Monterey and Winterland. I think its needed since In
The West and Rainbow Bridge MPST are both unavailable in the USA on CD.
From Isle of Weight 1970 I quite like the Red House...its one of my all time
favorites. It is a bit inconsistent, but it has some amazing playing...much
like Bleeding Heart at RAH. Thats the song I had in mind with the "good/
excellent" part of the rating. The Machine Gun also has its moments, but on
the whole is vastly inferior to the BOG versions. I think a couple of other
songs are above average too. So thats about 1/3 the show (in time) at least
slightly above average. I don't think much of the show was actually "poor", as
only a few songs were actually screwed up....most are just blah (fair). From
the video, its clear Jimi was NOT enjoying this show. I think he even chews
gum thru half the show...apparently he wasn't too interested in doing his
best (bad attitude). I suspect this is part of the problem...the concert
looks and feels a bit uneasy.
Hmmm, I too like the San Diego 1969 concert, but I reserve "excellent" for
best-ever versions of songs, and I don't think this show had any. Thats why I
rated it like LA '69...another almost all better than average show, but with
few standout songs. Most of these songs were standards played 1000 times
before, so they have LOTS of competition for the title of "best-ever version".
[Mr. Scott Hannon - 15 Dec 92]
>A question for you folks... The liner notes indicate that in 1967 JH toured
>the U.S. and was the opening act for The Monkees! Is this really true? I
>realize that in an infinite universe anything is possible, but somehow I
>just can't image listening to The Last Train to Clarksville after a Hendrix
Yep. Jimi opened for the Monkees. He only ended up doing a few shows. The
pre-adolescent Monkees fans didn't quite know what to make of Jimi's electric
orgasmic blues, and tended to boo and such. I think at one point he just
stopped, said "fuck this" or such, and walked offstage. They parted ways
realizing that it was never meant to be.
Yes, it's most definitely true that some "enterprising" promoter actually put
the Jimi Hendrix Experience on a tour package with the Monkees in 1967. I've
forgotten the exact reason, but there was some behind-the-scenes connection
(a promotions company, or a concert booking agency, or something). It's also
true that Mighty Mickey Dolenz was one of those in the front rows at the
Hendrix debut at Monterey a few months before, so he was all ecstatic about
bringing Hendrix along for the tour. A disastrous combination, to be sure, as