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Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Experience Hendrix
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000077VOS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,261 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as people make out 22 May 2004
God, I'm sick of people slagging this performance off. The older material is performed in a lacklustre manner true, also the technical problems didn't help although I feel that Jimi's struggling with the equipment produced a far more emotive set than for example, the Berkeley concert.
The IOW set has much more passion and feeling than many of his '70's gigs especially the newer material such as Dolly Dagger, Ezy Rider, In from the Storm etc, and the version of Machine Gun is right out there in the stratosphere. If you want to here a bad Jimi performance then track down a bootleg copy of his Arhus gig 02/09/70 - now that is a bad gig!!!
The IOW gig shows a more passionate and humane version of the performer, even if he wasn't in the best of shape.
The 5.1 mix is excellent too
My main gripe with this DVD is that it's not the full set but hey, there's still enough.
Maybe not ideal as an intro to the man, but an absolute classic performance (even tho lots of people including Mr Chandler, stated it was dreadful) in that the struggle with the equipment brings out more passion and feel to the songs in my opinion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Hendrix DVD i've seen 2 Nov 2006
By Macca
This is a great DVD, capturing one of Hendrix's final performances.

It's a strange film, it looks like it was filmed in a tiny club - considering there were hundred's of thousands of people in the crowd!!

That said you do get a fantastic view of Hendrix in action and the performances of Red House and Machine Gun show his full command of the instrument, switching from rock and blues with ease.

Excellent stuff!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars isle of might!!! 23 Jan 2005
people in general have always said it wasnt the best documented
gig he has done. i bought the vhs reissue back in 1990. This new version gives it total justice,what you get is a full concert from backstage before, through to the end,murray learner had full access to the stage and the filming is pure class for the period
ok, for the first half of the gig jimi struggles to get into it, but his playing is pure virtuoso.. top stuff. and the film restoration is superb, complete with a build up documentary before. Interviews with mitch,billy cox and his road manager.
I recomend this purely as a musician and a fan if you are either get it...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Jimi Hendrix - Blue Wild Angel Live at the Isle of Wight Festival DVD is a pretty essential purchase for Hendrix fans, the boxset contains the concert on two cds, a DVD film with extras and a great booklet with detailed linear notes.
The CD version of the concert boasts three extra songs: 'Hey Joe,' 'Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)' and the excellent rare blues number 'Midnight Lightning.'
The main reason to buy the set however, is for the almost 2 hour DVD, which begins as the band wait to take the stage and features the tracks:
"God Save the Queen," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Spanish Castle Magic," "All Along the Watchtower," "Machine Gun," "Lover Man," "Freedom," "Red House," "Dolly Dagger," "Foxey Lady," "Message to Love," "Ezy Ryder," "Purple Haze," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and finally "In From the Storm."
The sound and visuals are pretty great, and look a little better than the other Hendrix DVDs and have a more balanced set of shots of the whole band and the individual members. There has been a lot of talk about the two occasions on which security walkie-talkie signals can be heard over the main speakers but it is so for so short a period of time and is inconsequential that potential buyer needn't worry about it.
The performance begins excellently and the band are on top form, nailing every second up until the very end of 'All Along the Watchtower,' when Mitch keeps a beat going instead of playing the floor toms, which seems to cause Jimi to lose confidence.
The 20 minute version of 'Machine Gun,' is mostly excellent and features a drum solo from Mitch, some lengthy improved sections and would be pretty flawless if it didn't end to abruptly and had the transition from Drum Solo back into the song been smoother.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimi is a God 26 July 2004
By Aidan S
I do not have a clue what everyone is talking about. This is by far the best hendrix performance available to purchase on DVD. There are some truly fantastic moments that should go down in history. The solo to "ezy rider" brought a tear to my eye and it is worth just buying this DVD to see Jimi finally open his eyes fully in the middle of "All along the watchtower." Jimi's great sense of humour is brought to life in this concert and his offhand remarks regarding the sheer amount of wars going on bring this piece of footage into the context of the late '60s/early 70s.
Granted, jimi suffers from some technical problems involving his guitar (it appears to be the pick-ups)but the fact that jimi is still playing when he trails around backstage establishes him once again as the pure genius he is.
The features are commendable with merchandise from the concert open for viewing among others. This is a must buy for any Hendrix fan, period.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...classic document of a terrible gig.. 12 Feb 2003
...which is the reason for the 5 star rating.
This is a perfect (and rare)example of a musician struggling through a bad performance.
Hendrix is visibly unhappy with the stage sound,his own amplifier sound,his singing and the playing of Mitchell and Cox.
No-one should read too much into the fact that this was Jimis last UK gig.I'm sure the band turned out many superb performances around this time,but this isn't one of them.
It is also a glaring testament to the fact that concert technology had in no way caught up with the advanced ideas in Hendrixs head.
By all means buy it for the odd moment when the band manages to pull itself out of the sludge,but don't buy it as an introduction to the masters work,you'll wonder what all the fuss was about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jimi Still Shines.
This latest version of Jimi at the Isle of Wight is stunning. Brilliant picture apart from the original film scratches that have been partly sorted, the 5. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Philip Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Level
Not only is the one of the best Hendrix concerts on film, it is also one of the greatest music dvd's of all time. To think that this was 42 years ago is simply mindboggling. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kezzworld
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite wha=t was expected but....
Given the hour and the problems being had, JH still managed to put in a decent performance. I wonder how many of today's bands would have even played. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2010 by Catfish Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than being there? I think so!
Okay, I love Jimi Hendrix - watching this just made me love him more. Why? Well, I grew up with the 'Isle of Wight' LP containing several of these performances and visualised the... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2009 by Kevin Fitzmaurice
2.0 out of 5 stars oh so sad
Don't buy this, you have been warned. Jimi's playing was all over the place sometimes inspired but mostly tired and on a few occasions veering off into tuneless wilderness. Read more
Published on 14 April 2003 by 70s
5.0 out of 5 stars How every concert DVD should be presented
Whilst the I.O.W. festival didn't capture the feeling of Woodstock, Jimi's performance was exceptional and well worth seeing again and again. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2003 by Chris
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