11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2003
For Dick Cavett and Jimi Hendrix fans alike. this version of hear my train a-coming is pretty good. Hendrix plays it alone with dicks house band of which the drummer sounds particularly good aloneside jimi. The interviews are quite interseting although Jimi and Dick seem to have been handed different question notes. isabella is one of the best version of the song ive ever heard. Although the volume was turned down slight returnly, it still makes your body want to de-solidify as you hear it (Jimi should've whacked the volume up and really blew em away!). Very groovy. This was the perfect song to play (in 1969 at the time of the vietnam war)on live TV. I should imagine that it would have made a few proud moms and dads all teary eyed. Hair at attention and everything! This is followed up by a very charming stripped down shorter version of machine gun. Sheer poetry in motion. Just look at Mitch Mitchels face, he knows something badass is going down. These two performances are followed up by a documentary of the show which is more or less waffle. I would have given the DVD 5 stars if it was just isabella and machine gun played over and over. If you want a really great full Hendrix concert, I would recommend "LIVE at woodstock" or "band of gypsys"
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2006
I higly recommend this DVD if you're an experienced JH fan. If you're not, then don't buy it unless you're sure that you've completed more important DVDs.
My explanation is very simple: this DVD is what it is - two full Dick Cavett shows where Jimi was guest star, which includes introduction to each show, Cavett's talk with Jimi and finally his performances. Other guest talks are not included; they would probably be completely out of context.
Don't expect anything else of this DVD, especially not tons of live TV performance.
Picture is very good ("TV" feeling, with those 60's colours), sound too. Menus of DVD is also very well done.
DVD features following songs: "Hear my train a comin", "Izabella" and "Machine gun". They sound interesting and different, since there's no distortion and sustain added to Jimi's guitar; they sound more like some hybrids between acoustic and electric blues. Pretty extraordinarily, considering what are we used to hear from Jimi's playing. The songs are not that long, too.
There is also a short documentary where Dick Cavett and another guy talk nowadays about that period and interview with Jimi Hendrix. This documentary is interweaved with footage from these 2 Cavett shows, so if you've previously watched them, it can get pretty hard to watch all that again just because Cavett's opinion today.
On the other side, Jimi is pretty insightful in these talks. He doesn't talk much, nor he is intruding - but whatever he says, in my opinion, has some meaning. I realized this after watching a couple of times. The anthologic moment, in my humble opinion, is when Dick points out that he is considered one of the best guitarists in the world, and Jimi sincerely replies, after a while, that he is the best guitarist in the chair he is sitting on. That is a true greatness.
on 11 February 2015
You really should have this if you're a fan - or at least see it once and sell the disc on. What I like about this is that you can watch the Jimi sections of the shows, complete and then the documentary where we see DC and also Jimi's bandmates and others go in-depth about various topics relating to the shows and Jimi and his career. I must say though, I found it a little unnerving to see the difference in him between the two appearances... he looked so different, even though the live broadcasts were just weeks apart. A big shame. He comes across as a lovely gentle fellow and this is (or the first show clips and interviews are) a delight to see. Makes me wish there were more chat shows out there, that we could still have available to us to watch him on. Interesting that he does Hear My Train A Comin' with the house band too!
on 21 October 2008
I am a big Hendrix fan and so am used to having to tread carefully through all of the merchandise released after his death in order to avoid low quality, repackaged, garage tapes. However, even keeping that in mind, I found this was a bit disappointing.
Sure Henrix's playing is as brilliant as ever but the recorded sound quality is just not up to it. IMHO this type of backing arrangement also does Hendrix no favours and it feels like he is having to confine himself to playing within a very fixed set.
The interviews are interesting, though short, and I agree with a previous reviewer that the use of these same clips in the documentary extras is extremely annoying and an obvious time filler on the part of the editors/producers.
All in all, I'd pick up a cheap 2nd hand copy if you are really interested.