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Not the Best Live Hendrix, But Indispensible
on 4 March 2009
This is a good record of a show which had its highlights, and, as with almost any live Hendrix, it's worth having. There are some great versions, mentioned in other reviews, but there is some fairly ragged stuff, too.
The sound is improved compared to the old single CD Alan Douglas release but you can rarely hear the three additional musicians who joined Jimi, Mitch Mitchell (RIP Mitch) and Billy Cox.
Whether this is because of recording gremlins, or whether they were awful, I don't know, but it means that you're not getting the full sound of the show - which could be good or bad.
Additionally, the show is not complete, as the two numbers sung by second guitarist, the late Larry Lee - Mastermind and Gypsy Woman - aren't on the CDs. They were ragged and sung a little off key, but Jimi did some lovely guitar work on Gypsy Woman which deserves to be heard.
Packaging is good. Notwithstanding the reservations, this is very much worth having.