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Live At Berkeley [Live, Original recording remastered]

Jimi Hendrix Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0000C9ZSV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction (Jimi Hendrix/Live At Berkeley)
2. Pass It On (Straight Ahead)
3. Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
4. Lover Man
5. Stone Free
6. Hey Joe
7. I Don't Live Today
8. Machine Gun
9. Foxey Lady - Janie Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Eddie Kramer, John McDermott, Abe Jacob, Pete Scriba, George Marino, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox
10. Star Spangled Banner
11. Purple Haze
12. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Hendrix Concert 21 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is an indispensible show in great sound. It doesn't have the superb tracks from the earlier Berkeley concert, but it's a record of the second show, OK?
Of course, it escapes me why on earth Experience Hendrix didn't release the first show as well. Perhaps they were afraid of putting two double sets on the market one after the other (the other was last year's Isle of Wight set), but most Hendrix fans will buy everything anyway.
The most likely explanation, unless they've lost the tapes (oh no!) is that the Experience Hendrix is saving the first show up for another day.
Anyhow, I really like this show, from its loose beginnings, to the great versions of Hey Baby, Machine Gun and Voodoo Chile.
The sound, helped by the fact that this was an indoor show, is warm, full and you can hear the drums properly for a change.
The band is really tight, more so than some of the other bootlegged shows of this era, or the Atlanta show a few weeks later.
The cover and notes are a bit lacking and also confusing in that they have photos from the first and second shows. Overall, but, a good package and a good intro to the enjoyment within.
But, EH, please please please give us the first show as well!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Show 20 Oct 2003
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Format:Audio CD
It's a fantastic concert.
This is the latest in a series of wonderful releases from Experience Hendrix over the past few years. It is clear that the Hendrix Estate aren't sure of the best way to market Jimi's live concerts, and they've tried a range of approaches. "Live at Fillmore East" was a 2CD compilation from four concerts - a great set for the casual fan but the serious completists complained that they would rather have had a box set of all four shows in their entirety. The Isle of Wight concert ("Blue Wild Angel") was released in two formats, a single CD of highlights for the casual fan and a 2CD set for the serious completists - so everyone was happy. Now the second of the two Berkeley concerts has been released in its entirety, and I would suggest this is good news for both the casual fan and the completist.
Personally I would have preferred a complete set of both concerts, perhaps marketed like "Blue Wild Angel", but on balance I'm pleased that Experience Hendrix have opted to issue this concert in its entirety. Perhaps the first show will follow in due course.
The second concert was the better of the two shows and altogether a much tighter show. OK, the two most famous Berkeley recordings "Hear my train a coming" and "Blue Suede Shoes" were highlights of the first show and need to be in any Jimi collection, but most fans will already have them already on the "Voodoo Child" set or the "Experience" Box Set anyway. The first show peaked early with those two fantastic tracks and rambled a bit in the second half when Jimi was suffering from tuning problems.
But let's concentrate on this new release of the second show. First of all, the sound and the mix are fantastic and knock spots off the bootleg tapes that have been circulating for years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The misunderstood Hendrix legacy... 19 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
Let me clear up a few inaccuracies with the rather lamentable one-star review of this live disc. This is the second show Hendrix (with Mitchell and Cox) played at the Berkeley Community Centre on his final US tour in 1970. Unlike patchy shows at Atlanta and Hawaii which have crept onto the market, the Berkeley concerts represent a glorious slice of the live Hendrix experience (the pun was stubbornly not intended). Hendrix and co's first show included the aforementioned 'Johnny B Goode' and 'Hear My Train', two epochal slices of Hendrix's inimitable technique and the astonishing interplay of this tight and innovative band. These are both available for the record on other Experience Hendrix titles. Aside from an astonishing 'Machine Gun' and an inspired take on 'Red House' (2 songs which rarely let Hendrix down in concert) that first Berkeley concert is not the equal of the second show this disc presents. 'Hey Baby' features one of Hendrix's greatest live guitar tones, and a robust vocal; 'Lover Man' is presented in its definitive version (fans will recognise it as the version on the 1971 LP Hendrix In The West); 'Hey Joe' and 'Purple Haze' were frequently tossed off by Hendrix with minimal emotional involvement, but these readings are an exception to this rule. It is immensly rewarding to hear Hendrix in such fine and confident singing voice on these numbers. 'Machine Gun' is an aural hurricane, and Voodoo Child boasts some of Hendrix's most lyrical playing. One could concoct a whole songbook using the tunes and motifes Hendrix pulls out of the bag on this lengthy reading.
The accompanying film, 'Jimi Plays Berkeley' is frustrating due to the rough editing of tracks, but just because that film is a poor document does not in any way diminish the stature of this disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Powerhouse Jimi 18 Feb 2012
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This album will knock your block off!

But before that you will need a track listing:-
01 Fire
02 Johnny B. Goode
03 Hear My Train A'Comin'
04 Foxy Lady
05 Machine Gun
06 Freedom
07 Red House
08 Message to Love
09 Ezy Rider
10 Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)

The first 5 tracks at least are as good as anything I have heard of Jimi playing live, if not better. "Fire" and "Johnny B. Goode" gets the concert off to a red-hot start and show that Jimi means business. They are played with such verve and enthusiasm that sets the momentum for the rest of the set. It's simply fantastic rock and roll.

I've always like the acoustic version of "Train" rather than the electric but this is probably the best electric version I've heard with the "magic boy" on top form. "Foxy Lady" is simply great Rock-blues and still there is no let-up. On to a "Machine Gun" that is different from the definitive "Band of Gypsys" version but just as powerful with the great ironic line "even though we're only families apart" leaving you realising that his genius was not just instrumental. I've always thought that it was the beauty of the lyrics set against the dynamism of the playing that held the key to this song.

There is a great version of "Red House", a track that was not originally a favourite of mine but this sounds amazing. But the version of "Voodoo Chile" brings a finale to a great concert with Jimi showing breathtaking controlled power and grace in his playing. There is a section in this song where Jimi decides to get melodic and shows an emotional beauty and expression in his playing before he soars off again leaving you wondering what this guy had that other mere mortals didn't.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not essential
Hendrix apparently often used his live shows as practise grounds for the work he had on hand ... and the best finished products are nearly always found on his studio albums ... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. K. Hubbard
5.0 out of 5 stars great show, great recording
I bought this on the strength of Here My Train a Comin' which I had on RAINBOW BRIDGE (Original Soundtrack). Read more
Published 21 months ago by gerryg
5.0 out of 5 stars Berkeley 1st Show
Great to have this as the companion to the official 2nd show release from a couple of years back. Yes, some individual tracks have already seen the light of day over the years,... Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by P. Tidy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hendrix at his astounding best
This is my favourite Hendrix concert. The playing is sublime and godlike. Anyone who doesn't like this has their opinion immediately discounted.
Published on 30 April 2010 by D.G.
5.0 out of 5 stars A place in music history.
This album has many of the best of Hendrix and his chat to the audience between songs gives us the flavour of the time.
Published on 9 Oct 2009 by Ian MacPhail
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the two or three best Hendrix concerts available on CD
Hendrix seems under pressure in this performance and his vocals are sometimes an octave higher than usual. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2009 by Basilides
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimi Plays Berkeley
This CD is an amazing live performance by Jimi Hendrix. Although I love the Woodstock concert, I feel this is a better example of Jimi Live. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2008 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Godsend
I think this is the first complete set of Jimi I've owned, after piles of old vinyl releases knocked up from various nights and setlists. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2004 by T. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the above
I HAVE listened to this album and it is stunning. For the benefit of the misguided individual who wrote the first (non-) review, Hear My Train was from the first show, Johnny B... Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2003 by Jimpress
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