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Message To Love: The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 [Import]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Oct 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Essential Records
  • ASIN: B000002AFX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. All Right Now - Free
2. My Sunday Feeling - Jethro Tull
3. Suzanne - Leonard Cohen
4. Foxy Lady - Jimi Hendrix
5. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
6. A: Can't Keep From Cryin'/B: Extension On One... - Ten Years After
7. Me And Bobby McGee - Kris Kristofferson
8. Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
9. Woodstock - Joni Mitchell
10. A: Blue Rondo A La Turk/B: Pictures At An... - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Young Man Blues - The Who
2. Naked Eye - The Who
3. There'll Always Be An England - Tiny Tim
4. Sinner Boy - Taste
5. Let It Be - Joan Baez
6. Nights In White Satin - The Moody Blues
7. Catch The Wind - Donovan
8. Weaver's Answer - Family
9. Red Eye Express - John Sebastian
10. Call It Anything - Miles Davis
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I was there but my memory is (purple) hazy... 11 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
Over the years, I have read so much about the 1970 Isle of Wight festival - the anarchy, the tens of thousands of festival goers refusing to pay and breaking down the fence, bolshie stances taken by the artists... but I don't remember any of that. Maybe because I and my four friends - Sam from LA, Denny from Philadelphia, Denny From NYC and Dick from Kansas - all actually paid our 3 each for our tickets, laid out our sleeping bags and zipped them all together, and then just stayed there for the next three days, totally focused on the music. We barely slept, we hardly ate, we never washed and we rarely moved.

And it was fantastic - Chicago were playing 25 and 6 to 4 as we walked into the site on the Friday evening, an image and a sound that has stayed with me for 40 years. I was a teenager, on the run from home - my family 300+ miles away had no idea I was there - with friends I had met in Amsterdam only a few days before with whom to share this adventure. Virtually every big name you ever listened to on John Peel was there - Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, the Doors, the Who, Joni Mitchell, Free, Procol Harum, Miles Davis, Gilberto Gil, Tiny Tim, Donovan, Melanie, and of course, early in the morning of 31 August, Hendrix in his last ever appearance in the UK. He was to die only 18 days later.

They say that if you remember the sixties you weren't really there, and there we were at the start of the 70s and I just don't remember all that aggro, despite the announcements and pleas from the stage for order. It may have been whatever we were smoking that clouded things, but I think it was more likely just to have been that the music took over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative 3 Dec 2012
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A better line up, by far, than Woodstock. I wish Id been there, but this (and the video) is as close as Im ever going to get. And I dont have to deal with queues and horrendous toilets, so a winner all round!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great glimpse into transition era in rock 5 Jun 2000
By It's just me - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
OK, the sound quality of the recordings is about what you'd expect of an early era outdoor concert, but this collection is worth getting if only for the glimpse into a time of turbulent change in the rock&roll scene. The collection of artists & selections here shows the diversity of music widely enjoyed by rock fans before they had to decide if they were fans of rock, or heavy metal, or folk, or alternative, or adult alternative, or pop-rock, or some other category of interest primarily to the record company marketing staff. This was still (barely) the days of music for the fans, a fact sometimes too aggressively proclaimed by the infamously unruly crowds at this festival. The small club folkies haven't yet figured out how to hold a vast crowd with less-than-ideal acoustics, the power groups haven't yet become addicted to endless decades of self-congratulatory stadium tours for inflated prices, teh guitar players are still playing just to show you what new things they have learned that a guitar can do, and you can even get a glimpse into why there is such a split opinion over the ratings of such clearly talented people as Pete Townshend and Jim Morrison (the Darryl Strwberries of their genre, clearly talented, but not always able to channel those talents into a connection with their audience). If you want an eclectic music collection, you can get a good start with just this set. Obvious comparisons with the Woodstock discs beg, both sets include a great variety of styles and quality levels of performances and recordings, but I find the main difference to be in a perceptible change in the audience. At Woodstock we were still there to groove on the music and the scene and free love; the audience and the performers were equally as starry-eyed about the whole scene. Here we were starting to think everything ought to be free, and we were owed it, man, and those freakin' singers better deliver it. If Woodstock was a celebration of the hippie era, then Isle of Wight was a riot demanding it, audience and musicians on opposite sides, the start of a rapid growth of commercialism in rock & roll, a growing pain of a developing industry. Still, for anyone who likes music of the early 70's, there is a lot of wheat among the chaff here, and it always makes an interesting listen, even if there is a temptation to skip a track now & again. 3+ stars for the music (4 if you're a Hendrix or Alvin Lee fan), 4 for the experience.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Mix 7 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This cd gives several brief looks into the great concert that took place back then. From excellent recordings of the Who, to Free's "All Right Now", this cd truly is a great mix of early 70s rock. For any Hendrix fans the two versions of "Foxey Lady" and "Voodoo Child" are awesome, and well worth it just for these two songs
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's Mountain? 18 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great collection, but where is the great Mountain track
Stormy Monday, that is on the L.P.?? Check it out if you can find
a copy of the L.P., and still have something to play it on.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rory and Alvin at the top of their craft 12 Aug 1999
By bkidd@scu.edu.au - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Though this album is overall very good (I gave it three stars) there are a number of sub-par performances and some less-than-special bands on it. The highlights, though are very special and include Rory Gallagher and Taste who kick ass and ... (above all) Alvin Lee with Ten Years After doing "I Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes".
This is simply the best Alvin ever played and is as good a blues guitar virtuoso performance as I have even heard. 19 minutes of heaven (straight or otherwise).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a sampler 8 April 2000
By T. P. Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is just skimmimg the surface of the acts who apppeared and the music they did . The video has an interesting segment on ELP , Joni Mitchell begging the crowd to cool out and interaction between the organizers and freebee fans ,someth ing for nothin' , free for all elements. Hopefully additional music can be developed when the tapes are Liberated.
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